Furniture bots, transform

This mechanized table automatically expands from seating for six to seating for twelve. We tried to capture the action with the three images above but don’t miss the transforming goodness in the video after the break. Alas, we’ll never see something like this in real life because it resides on a yacht worthy of Robin Leach’s attention. We wouldn’t have a problem copying the geometry of the tabletop pieces, but there’s got to be some serious design work to pull off the structure controlling the movement. No solid price is listed, but the creators note that construction costs are in the tens-of-thousands of British Pounds. We’ll stick to our Ikea furniture hacks for now.

[Thanks Luke]

Comments

  1. Hackius says:

    There was a version some time ago that rotated to and transformed instead of using motors. Using motors it doesn’t look so complicated.

  2. kirov says:

    just a couple of years behind the times hackaday

    http://digg.com/design/Radially_expanding_table_Video

  3. nateL says:

    Hackius, check out the link to the manufacturer’s site – you’ll see the “manual” ones, as well:

    http://www.dbfletcher.com/capstan-table/

    I would love to see plans for the mechanism to build this myself. What a cool project.

  4. PocketBrain says:

    Repeat my remark about “seat two, four, or six” from “Did that table just move?” Great companion piece for the moving chair/end table. Maybe you could hack some folding chairs on a rack to unfold and position themselves.

  5. woutervddn says:

    is that table really that expensive? A friend of mine has one like this. His father is a cabinet-maker, he made one to. Will ask him about it when I see him again…

  6. password says:

    First thing that popped in my mind while watching the video was that the table design could be applied to some advanced wheeled robot that changes its wheel size like this table depending on terrain

  7. The ThunderBird says:

    The majority of the cost must be the table itself, it looks fairly high-end. Although the mechanics are, no doubt, quite complex, and the motor are probably fairly expensive ones, based on the probable torque needed, controlling them is a matter of timing, and that should be possible with even a fairly small microcontroller, no?

  8. D_ says:

    Definitely has the “that’s far out factor”, but doesn’t make in the real world sense. The table apearsto be a permanent fixture in a room, a room that has to be large enough to fit the expanded table and diners. Unlike portable banquet tables that can be store along walls, this table doesn’t clear floor space to truly to make a room multipurpose. In the event a round table is desired, portable tables that fit together to make a round table surely exist. n In the event they don’t no doubt real expensive custom made portable tables could be commissioned to flaunt wealth. I can appreciate the ingenuity that may have gone into designing and constructing the mechanism. After that initial appreciation, I’m left with… So?

  9. zacdee316 says:

    Somebody needs to call Ikea so they can rip it off and make it cheap.

  10. Derek says:

    HOLYSHIT!

  11. djrussell says:

    it was really bugging me how it could stay round when expanded or not. i see the “ring” is not a cylinder though and has some variable thickness to account for the larger radius of the pie pieces.

    /geometry brain fart

    very cool. do want!

  12. mrgoogfan says:

    HOLY SHIT!

  13. Ryan Leach says:

    @D_ having some room in your room isnt useful?

  14. Vonskippy says:

    Must be all show and no go. Seems like it would be a bitch to keep clean.

  15. M4CGYV3R says:

    If I got one of those I’d probably break it in a week because I’d have to sit there and play with it.

    Open and close, open and close…

  16. theplowmk2 says:

    o man, its “from future!”

  17. DeFex says:

    I Like that it looks like some Victorian contraption because of the nice finish and everything.

  18. DETN8R says:

    Sweet table. Is it spill proof?

  19. Sebastian says:

    Oh my God! I must make one.

  20. If you combine this with robotic chairs, rich people or creatively scrounging hackers can hit a button for unexpected guests. Awesome design! Unfortunately, I bet it’s expensive. Is there a discount version for college kids that is purely mechanical? No electronics? This would be awesome for college kids in small apartments, but a hand-crafted table would be too expensive for most. Is it patented? Would the originator mind somebody duplicating it for personal use? I wonder if they’re willing to produce an inexpensive version!

  21. Eddie says:

    Anyone else think this sounds like those circular doors in the Caverns level of Goldeneye for the N64?

  22. zzzomb says:

    Funky.

    http://www.freepatentsonline.com/6994032.html

    Think of it as 2 movements.
    1. The table top centre star piece moving up and down. Multiple ways to do this. If I was doing this I would use… think of a bike wheel buckled like it was kicked in from the side. The bump in the wheel raises the centre.

    2. The wedge shaped table tops sliding inwards and outwards on a rail. A pin on each wedge goes down into another channel which guides the in and out movement.

    Very clever.

  23. jiremi says:

    Does this have any kind of safety mechanism when its transforming? It looks like someone could easily lose a finger if they weren’t careful.

  24. sal says:

    is this dejavu ? i saw this like 5 or 8 years ago but it was a manual one and a woman was operating it on a video. one of the comments i remember was that this table is mostly used on boats like yates, so depending on the guest/crew they had, the table could be adjusted to size and it was bolted to the ground. the one for the house was not bolted to the ground but it looked like the base was quite heavy.

  25. 1. It looks too think when it’s being just s smaller version table. That’d be potentially uncomfortable to sit at.

    2. It’s not flat when expanded, so it’d be a pain in the ass to put trays of food on.

    3. It’d be really cool if to expand it, a motor started up and the whole thing started to spin really fast until centrifugal force seemed to snap the panels outward. I know, it doesn’t do that, but it would be cool. Lasers and robots wouldn’t hurt either, but that’s true of nearly anything.

  26. re: #2 — I guess it is flat when expanded. My mistake. Still needs lasers and robots.

  27. fartface says:

    No not hard to do at all. in fact it can be done with one motor and a simple track system.

    It just looks complicated because of the shapes. In reality they all take a single path so it’s easy to replicate.

    Now make the outer petals spin around while the central star and fillers come int to place.. NOW we got complex as all get out.

  28. BennyM says:

    You would need some kind of safety switch, lest the dinner be dropped by the table itself.

  29. daenris says:

    The basic idea is called a Jupe Table, and there are a number of manual DIY versions on the web.

  30. st2000 says:

    OMG, this might just be the 1st purchase I make after winning the lottery!

  31. Drake says:

    @zzzomb

    Track for petals. Could use a large donut in the middle with arms attached to it and the petals. As the donut spins the arms get closer to the tracks which push the petals outwards. Attached to the same drive would be the lifting mechanism for the center and outer petals. Once lifted the donut continues to spin in the same direction until the arms are no longer aligned with the track and thus the petals retract into the center star.

  32. sean says:

    This site shows some of the guts of the Robert Jupe table mechanism:

    http://www.jupetables.com/

  33. steve says:

    @ D_
    Yes, 1/4 and 1/2 round tables do exist, I used to set up a lot of weddings and we used them all the time, but I think you missed the point. Do you see all the teak? this table is on a boat; were it not firmly affixed to the floor, it would be flying all over the place as the entire ‘room’ could be pitched 40* to either side.

  34. Colum says:

    Wow. That idea is pure win. He really should start selling some of it. I would buy.

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