From the MAKE Flickr pool
The tableTalk project aims to emphasize social interactivity by way of illuminating common space –
We see our prototype as a cultural piece and not as a problem solving gadget. We want our technology to be secondary, or on the periphery to the bigger picture, giving the participants a visually exiting table. But if you sit at the table for a longer time you will hopefully understand how the table works.
The effect that we are aiming for is not to disturb the already existing social patterns but rather to give them an extra dimension if you choose to pick up on it.
I’m guessing this could also serve as a subtle way to let someone know when they’re dominating the conversation ;)