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Fiber Optic Table Illuminates Your Dining

CmdrTaco posted about 7 years ago | from the and-freaks-out-friends dept.

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Deepa writes "We highly doubt LumiGram's Luminous Fiber Optic Tablecloth was designed with power outages in mind, but why hook up a boring string of lamps or fiddle with half melted candles when you can plug this bad boy into the generator? The cloth, which has fiber optics woven throughout, cotton borders, and a Europlug mains adapter, proves most useful when the lights are dimmed, and should prove quite the centerpiece at your next get-together. The illuminating device is available in a trio of sizes, comes in a variety of color schemes."

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90 comments

Way too tacky (3, Interesting)

Timesprout (579035) | about 7 years ago | (#19627521)

Think I'll stick with candles thank you very much.

Re:Way too tacky (2, Interesting)

Aranykai (1053846) | about 7 years ago | (#19627595)

Agreed. Just because you can make something doesn't mean you should.

Re:Way too tacky (0, Redundant)

sqldr (838964) | about 7 years ago | (#19627627)

It looks like tabletop bhukaki

Re:Way too tacky (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19627777)

It looks like tabletop bhukaki

Can somebody please explain to me how I ended up with bad karma?

Probably from too many "-1, Misspelling of Bizarre Sex Act" mods. B-U-K-K-A-K-E. Bukkake. Trust me on this one.

Re:Way too tacky (0, Redundant)

sqldr (838964) | about 7 years ago | (#19633291)

damn.. they didn't teach me at school!

wait.. i'm "neutral" again. The stigma is gone! to be honest, i was happy wallowing in self pity :-)

Re:Way too tacky (2, Insightful)

arivanov (12034) | about 7 years ago | (#19627781)

Yep. The 900+ quid they are asking for it will make for lots of decent wine (if it is not French) and decent grub instead.

Re:Way too tacky (1)

aembleton (324527) | about 7 years ago | (#19627799)

Its 950 euros, that's about £640. Still, a lot of good food and drink could be bought for that sort of money that in the end is a gimmick and would likely make it harder to see your food. If you look at the table with the lights dimmed so that you can be wowed by the illuminating table-cloth then the food will be silhouetted. You'll just get to see black shapes; or at least darker shapes.

Re:Way too tacky (1)

arivanov (12034) | about 7 years ago | (#19627835)

The company is French so think of it combined with French stained glass plates (Luminarch and the like). The overall effect if the colours are well matched can be stunning. Once. It is not something that will have an effect again and again. And as I said, personally, if I have that amount of money to splash around I would rather go and spend it on good wine and food.

yes, but... (1)

legallyillegal (889865) | about 7 years ago | (#19627523)

does it run microsoft approved linux?

No fibre optics for me, thank you. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19627531)

As an epileptic, I am steadfast in refusing to even go near visible spectrum fibre optic cables; especially decorative ones.
I've suffered too many seizures just by watching such optic cables from certain angles. Trust me, no one should start convulting on the floor during parties...Too many of my Geek friends have had access to 'perty' fibre optic lights for a few years now.

I know, lots of you will label me as a kook, probably. This condition is, sadly, true. If you can read Hebrew, you can read my blog about my latest episode [ouch.co.il] . Some of the blog is in English, though.

Re:No fibre optics for me, thank you. (1)

g0dsp33d (849253) | about 7 years ago | (#19627645)

You think its bad for you? Just imagine what it does to Microsoft Surface.

Re:No fibre optics for me, thank you. (1)

Elad Alon (835764) | about 7 years ago | (#19629129)

People suffering from recognized medical disabilities aren't labelled as kooks.

Re:No fibre optics for me, thank you. (1)

Anomalyst (742352) | about 7 years ago | (#19631439)

People suffering from recognized medical disabilities aren't labelled as kooks.
They are probably using the wrong kind of adhesive backing and the labels keep falling off. Try some Cyanoacrylate.

Re:No fibre optics for me, thank you. (1)

glitch23 (557124) | about 7 years ago | (#19629567)

I know many many years ago there was a game that was made for either the NES or SNES (I forget which) that had a lot of flashing lights on the screen (it was a Japanese game) and many Japanese kids were suffering seizures due to the frequency of the flashing. It may have been this game [tripod.com] .

wtf (0, Redundant)

holywarrior21c (933929) | about 7 years ago | (#19627567)

they did beowulf clusters of these already? does it run linux?

very cool, prolly not a lot of power... (1)

jpellino (202698) | about 7 years ago | (#19627573)

it's like nothing else, and probably not the power hog the post implied, for this distance you don't need repeaters - and TFA mentions battery power.

Special Upgrade (1)

Seiruu (808321) | about 7 years ago | (#19627599)

And for a special price: we will upgrade the table cloth into a professional tool that "electronically" teaches your kids NOT to spill drinks nor bang their hands, arms or even heads on the table.

A win win for everyone!

Re:Special Upgrade (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19627793)

Please do not post on slashdot again. That was not funny.

Now I have to go shower!

Re:Special Upgrade (1)

Bruitist (987735) | about 7 years ago | (#19627811)

Straitjackets?

Re:Special Upgrade (1)

BlargIAmDead (1100545) | about 7 years ago | (#19652751)

Pffft. You don't need fiber optics for that. Just run some good old fashioned copper wire through the cloth and hook it up to 110 for effect. The mental image of the first time a child throws a tantrum and tries to pound the table....priceless :)

Is the article text stolen? (3, Interesting)

the_unknown_soldier (675161) | about 7 years ago | (#19627607)

Read this [engadget.com] . that's an amazing coincidence!

Re:Is the article text stolen? (3, Interesting)

figleaf (672550) | about 7 years ago | (#19628221)

Engadget did credit the source. Using this logic Slashdot also stole the text.

Re:Is the article text stolen? (1)

the_unknown_soldier (675161) | about 7 years ago | (#19632527)

No. Read the source engadget quotes, it is completely different text. The article summary is stolen directly from text written by an engadget editor.

Trio of sizes? (5, Interesting)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | about 7 years ago | (#19627613)

Metric conversions seem a bit 'odd' on both the article and the proper page:

Dimensions:

        * Small: 150x400 cm (59x157 inches).
        * Medium: 150x400 cm (59x197 inches).
        * Large: 150x400 cm (59x236 inches).

Re:Trio of sizes? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19627631)

Looks small medium and large to me, anyone?

Dinner tables are usually the same width and different lengths
unless its a circle, wonder if you can trim these things :)

Re:Trio of sizes? (2, Funny)

orangesquid (79734) | about 7 years ago | (#19627703)

Only in the imperial-size US. Here, tables are 59" wide and have a variety of lengths. In the rest of the world, it's sort of a "one-size-fits-all" mentality, leading to S/M/L tables that are not only all 150cm wide, but all 400cm long as well. ;)

Re:Trio of sizes? (5, Funny)

mangu (126918) | about 7 years ago | (#19627725)

* Small: 150x400 cm (59x157 inches).
* Medium: 150x400 cm (59x197 inches).
* Large: 150x400 cm (59x236 inches).


I guess inches come in three sizes:
*small inches are 2.54 cm
*medium inches are 2.03 cm
*large inches are 1.69 cm


You see, small is large and large is small. This makes sense, well, at least as much sense as anyting else related to medieval measurement systems.

Re:Trio of sizes? (1)

laejoh (648921) | about 7 years ago | (#19628329)

That's what I tell all the girls who say I'm not well endowed!

Re:Trio of sizes? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19628579)

Wow. A measurement bigot. Eurotrash, I suspect.

Re:Trio of sizes? (1)

xSacha (1000771) | about 7 years ago | (#19635539)

No,it's just if you use a medieval measurement system, you get larger sizes than if you use metric. So the large/medium one is actually larger if you live in a country (USA) that uses imperial. Metric people buy the product based on what the size is called, not what the actual size is (they are all the same for them). Perhaps this is why all these fast food places have no 'small' and jump straight to medium and large serving sizes?

Re:Trio of sizes? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19639449)

I guess centimeters come in 4 sizes:
  • small centimeters are 0.394 inches
  • powerpoint centimeters [blogspot.com] are 0.417 inches
  • medium centimeters are 0.493 inches
  • large centimeters are 0.592 inches
Whose measuring system is stupid now, huh?

Re:Trio of sizes? (1)

Bibz (849958) | about 7 years ago | (#19629165)

Actually the real sizes are :

        * Small: 150x400 cm.
        * Medium: 150x500 cm.
        * Large: 150x600 cm.

By the way the price for the small one is 949.00 Euro. Add 200 EUR for medium and 400 for the large one.

Re:Trio of sizes? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19631643)

That's what I love about the metric system, it's universal. See 400cm could equal any number of inches. It's the best feature of metric measurements and conversion between Imperial and Metric measurements.

Small... (1)

gidds (56397) | about 7 years ago | (#19647907)

...Is The New Big.

Skip the blogspam and go to the source (2, Informative)

fotbr (855184) | about 7 years ago | (#19627617)

Re:Skip the blogspam and go to the source (1)

ElGanzoLoco (642888) | about 7 years ago | (#19627851)

Ghhaaaahhh!!! MY EYES!! MY EYES!!

Seriously, who the hell designed this website? Or haven't they updated it since 1995?

Re:Skip the blogspam and go to the source (1)

Firehed (942385) | about 7 years ago | (#19631901)

Looks like they had someone with some sort of colorblindness hit up an osCommerce stylesheet.

News for nerds, indeed (1)

ghoti (60903) | about 7 years ago | (#19627623)

Martha Stewart would be proud!

My hobby (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19627705)

Great! [google.com]

WTF is this doing on Slashdot? (3, Funny)

6Yankee (597075) | about 7 years ago | (#19627711)

Tacky. No digg.

Re:WTF is this doing on Slashdot? (1)

tsa (15680) | about 7 years ago | (#19627847)

I felt the same. As with all the lists that appear on /. more and more these days. Please editors, try to stay a news site, not a 'Wow look at this, this is sooooo cooooool' site! We have Digg for that.

Re:WTF is this doing on Slashdot? (1)

vakuumkatten (1119503) | about 7 years ago | (#19627917)

I have to second this. Don't turn /. into a gadget blog please. This stuff is far from befitting /.

Re:WTF is this doing on Slashdot? (1)

cool_arrow (881921) | about 7 years ago | (#19627971)

I agree. We need a ./ BS filter. Oh yeah, that's the moderators job.

Enough with the fucking Slashvertising (0, Flamebait)

Sunburnt (890890) | about 7 years ago | (#19627745)

How in hell does a marketing press release from luxurylaunches.com count as "News for Nerds?" When this thing makes some sort of actual news ("SCO outfits conference rooms with ridiculous table coverings, raging inferno ensues"), then perhaps a spot on the front page is merited.

Just what I want... (1)

Wireless Joe (604314) | about 7 years ago | (#19627789)

...to eat dinner with everyone up-lit like Citizen Kane. The tech is cool, but I could think of better uses. Sheets, anyone?

Re:Just what I want... (1)

LBt1st (709520) | about 7 years ago | (#19628997)

This is a tad bit better. I'd suggest they find a better model though! http://www.lumigram.com/catalog/product_info.php?c Path=1&products_id=39&osCsid=08d3d66e56374b840d972 f7fa9a42647 [lumigram.com]

Re:Just what I want... (1)

HTH NE1 (675604) | about 7 years ago | (#19630913)

How about this shot [lumigram.com] ? (NSFW)

Re:Just what I want... (1)

rHBa (976986) | about 7 years ago | (#19630313)

How the hell are you supposed to see what you are eating if the main source of light comes from beneath your plate?

Other uses (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | about 7 years ago | (#19627795)

I'm not so excited by the tablecloth, but I wouldn't mind trying some case mods with this stuff.

949EUR (1)

Oligonicella (659917) | about 7 years ago | (#19627801)

Over a grand for a table cloth? Adding five or nine hundred for larger sizes? Please.

Re:949EUR (1)

smoker2 (750216) | about 7 years ago | (#19629021)

Did you RTFA ?
Stupid question obviously...
http://www.lumigram.com/catalog/product_info.php?c Path=1&products_id=80 [lumigram.com]
* Small: 150x100 cm (59x39.4 inches). 349 euro
* Medium: 150x200 cm (59x78.7 inches). +200 euro
* Large: 150x300 cm (59x118 inches). +400 euro
http://www.lumigram.com/catalog/product_info.php?c Path=1&products_id=86 [lumigram.com]
* Small: 150x400 cm (59x157 inches). 949 euro
* Medium: 150x500 cm (59x197 inches). +200 euro
* Large: 150x600 cm (59x236 inches). +400 euro
And where you got 5 or 9 hundred from I have no idea.

Handy if you burn the dinner (1)

aembleton (324527) | about 7 years ago | (#19627805)

If you look at the table with the lights dimmed so that you can be wowed by the illuminating table-cloth then the food will be silhouetted. You'll just get to see black shapes; or at least darker shapes. Then your guests won't know what they're about to eat. Mwuhahaha

meh... (1)

cosmocain (1060326) | about 7 years ago | (#19627809)

from TFA:

Small: 150x400 cm (59x157 inches). Medium: 150x400 cm (59x197 inches).


meh, i was just about to order, but now i just can't decide. these choices! hate'em!

The inventor was never a kid? (2, Insightful)

niceone (992278) | about 7 years ago | (#19627841)

This seems like a bad idea to me. People's faces look bad when illuminated from below (I guess because we're used to seeing them illuminated from above). That's why kids put a torches under their chins - it looks funny.

Re:The inventor was never a kid? (0)

Loke the Dog (1054294) | about 7 years ago | (#19628015)

Well, thats only a problem if there's not enough illumination. As long as the lighting from the rest of the room prevents shadows on peoples faces, people will look just normal.

In my opinion, people look strange if there's a strong single light source, no matter where it comes from.

Re:The inventor was never a kid? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19628631)

What about the sun?

Re:The inventor was never a kid? (1)

Barryke (772876) | about 7 years ago | (#19630615)

What about the sun?
Same. If the sun would be lighting from below it would look ugly too.

Re:The inventor was never a kid? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19628251)

I think kids who put torches under their chin look funny because their face is on fire....

Re:The inventor was never a kid? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19628355)

Not really. Torch (British English) = Flashlight (U.S. English)

You need to get the latest English to English Across the Pond translator.

Re:The inventor was never a kid? (1)

gardyloo (512791) | about 7 years ago | (#19629347)

Not really. You might want to get someone to explain humor (or humour) to you.

Re:The inventor was never a kid? (1)

Trogre (513942) | about 7 years ago | (#19631667)

Yeah, and to any more Americans out there:

'fanny' does not mean what you think it means.

Re:The inventor was never a kid? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19632423)

Also, Brits play a lot of Cricket, where (amongst other things) a ball gets tossed. Everybody there loves Cricket and it's a good compliment to compare people to good Cricket players. Make sure you always compliment the men at the sports bars in this regard. "You know, Nigel, I think you're a great tosser!"

Re:The inventor was never a kid? (1)

slidersv (972720) | about 7 years ago | (#19632911)

lol. no mod points left though.

Re:The inventor was never a kid? (1)

porcupine8 (816071) | about 7 years ago | (#19629055)

Then why is candlelight considered so romantic? A flashlight to the chin is very directed light. More diffuse illumination from below can help hide a lot of flaws.

Beauty is just a light switch away. (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | about 7 years ago | (#19630357)

Total darkness hides even more flaws.

dress for halloween (1)

jedie (546466) | about 7 years ago | (#19627867)

it works in batteries, and I bet it's waterproof to some extent (as you can wash it by hand)... I bet we'll bee seeing a lot of applications for this kind of "cloth".

Throughput? (1)

ewg (158266) | about 7 years ago | (#19627929)

I disapprove of any use of fiber optics that doesn't involve massive data throughput.

Re:Throughput? (1)

NeuroManson (214835) | about 7 years ago | (#19628325)

Hack it, attach an IR sync receiver to it (a few fibers should do), then you can do all the data fiddling you want.

Fiber optic = Glass (2, Insightful)

dcrockerjr (1107773) | about 7 years ago | (#19627937)

While fiber optics may have various decorative purposes such a product that encourages direct physical contact with them is worrisome. Even if measures were taken in production to prevent glass dust, spikes, etc. from making it into the product consider that something like a tablecloth would become worn with use, breaking fibers and causing bits of glass to become embedded in the skin or, when shaken out, glass dust to become inhaled. Consider the sort of problems fiberglass insulation workers run into. The safest way to display one would probably be with a sealed frame, allowing you to visually enjoy it while maintaining a protective layer of plastic between the glass and your family.

RTFA ? It's already made out of plastic. (1)

freaker_TuC (7632) | about 7 years ago | (#19628043)

Made out of fiber optics fabric with assorted cotton borders, its cool luminous effect is simply stunning and brilliantly innovative. LumiGram is a French site that sells this tablecloth that is equipped with plastic optical fibers woven alongside the regular threads. They're powered by discreet batteries and are hand-washable.
No glass involved in this fabric; it's already plastic.

My Apologies (1)

dcrockerjr (1107773) | about 7 years ago | (#19628343)

My apologies, I hadn't heard of plastic fiber optics before. Please mod down or delete my original comment.

Re:My Apologies (1)

wasted time (891410) | about 7 years ago | (#19629343)

I bet you've seen plastic "fiber optics" but maybe didn't realize it. Think monofilament fishing line. Think over-priced, cheaply made, battery operated souvenirs hawked at almost any theme park, beginning at sunset. A quick google search for fiber optic toys returns over a million results, but I find this link slightly more interesting.
http://www.lumigram.com/catalog/product_info.php?c Path=1&products_id=39&osCsid=cf68985ddf6950a6751c1 2a74172c970 [lumigram.com]

Re:My Apologies (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19629789)

Plastic (acrylic) is commonly used in short-range cables, particular for "consumer" uses: FireWire, optical Gigabit Ethernet, and so on.

Re:Fiber optic = Glass (2, Funny)

JonyEpsilon (662675) | about 7 years ago | (#19628103)

While fiber optics may have various decorative purposes such a product that encourages direct physical contact with them is worrisome. Even if measures were taken in production to prevent glass dust, spikes, etc. from making it into the product consider that something like a tablecloth would become worn with use, breaking fibers and causing bits of glass to become embedded in the skin or, when shaken out, glass dust to become inhaled. Consider the sort of problems fiberglass insulation workers run into. The safest way to display one would probably be with a sealed frame, allowing you to visually enjoy it while maintaining a protective layer of plastic between the glass and your family.

Won't somebody think of the children!!!

Re:Fiber optic = Glass (1)

Idbar (1034346) | about 7 years ago | (#19628511)

Well, I bet if you put it on the washer for a couple of times, little fibers will be safely polished.

By the way, is it washer safe?

Fiber optic does not nessacerally imply Glass (1)

petermgreen (876956) | about 7 years ago | (#19630015)

Afaict fibers used for this kind of purpose are generally plastic because its cheaper and easier to work with (communication fibers are glass because they need to be very low dispersion and low loss).

Re:Fiber optic = Glass (1)

stefanlasiewski (63134) | about 7 years ago | (#19630657)

Fiber optic wires are often made of plastic, like these toys [google.com] . I remember playing with similar fiber optic lights back in 1980.

Fiber-optics for communication & data are made of glass, because glass provides better transmission.

Behold the power of Cheeze (1)

popo (107611) | about 7 years ago | (#19628055)

... maybe for the Vegas crowd...

not news (1)

DiniZuli (621956) | about 7 years ago | (#19628147)

This [luminex.it] Italian firm has sold stuff like that for years.

Re:not news (1)

Anomalyst (742352) | about 7 years ago | (#19631409)

Too bad they have a useless, stupid-ass, flash interface. They can run their insecure code on their own flipping machine if they want me to see their products.

big ass table (1)

pohl (872) | about 7 years ago | (#19628443)

Meh, that's not nearly as cool as Microsoft's Big Ass Table [youtube.com]

Re:big ass table (1)

theJML (911853) | about 7 years ago | (#19630477)

I know, I mean, why use one of todays small hand-held devices when you can use something the size of a small car? It's Brilliant!

Fiber Vs. EL wire (1)

sokoban (142301) | about 7 years ago | (#19628747)

I personally would rather have something like this done with electroluminescent wire instead of Fiber Optic. EL wire throws better light usually and I think it is a hell of a lot easier to work with.

Sounds cool but (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19629063)

Sounds great but seriously, how many readers here even use a cotton table cloth?

Pass the bong... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19630373)

... and like what time did we drop man? Cuz, like dude, the table is glowing... whoahhh... I can make trails in the table glow with my hand, check it out!

For that much money (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19631973)

$1,200 for a tablecloth? Sheesh. For that much money there are much better options for illuminating a table (say a video projector or something else more useful and/or practical.)

Just imagine... (1)

pwizard2 (920421) | about 7 years ago | (#19632365)

...the sheer bandwidth that can go through that tablecloth!

Oops, I spilled the ketchup (1)

seniorcoder (586717) | about 7 years ago | (#19637077)

Seems like a very poor idea considering how many spills occur on a tablecloth.
Imagine spilling a beer and getting an electric shock?

Re:Oops, I spilled the ketchup (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19670179)

You're kidding right? Shock from Fiber OPTIC

And my prove-a-human word is 'screwed'

Everyone Missed the Point (1)

socz (1057222) | about 7 years ago | (#19639299)

As always, if it's on the net it's probably best suited for porn. Just think about it, no longer will you have those hard to get shots with poor lighting with this new source of light!
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