While your existing coffee table probably does a great job of holding up your coffee and, maybe, acting as a foot rest. I’ll bet it doesn’t have a whole lot of other features besides a place to put magazines and, maybe, some remotes. Well, the Sobro is a Smart Coffee Table and it does a lot more.
What makes it a “smart” coffee table? Well, it can do all the stuff your old table does and and keep your beer cold while acting as a nightlight, charging your phone via USB, powering your laptop, and housing a set of Bluetooth speakers to play your tunes on. Oh, and all of that is controlled via a touchscreen interface built into the tempered-glass top of the table that tells the time.
Here’s a table that compares the Sobro to two competing coffee table models in the same price range:
I know there’s a lot of features but, let’s start with the most important one; the refrigerator (and more importantly, how much beer it can hold).
The drawer-type, pull-out refrigerator can hold up to 24 cans or bottles or soda or beer. The temperature can be controlled via the touch interface on the table top to let you set the perfect temperature. This really is the perfect coffee table for watching the big game or, playing your favorite video game. You can also use it for snacks or as a convenient place to stash leftovers for later.
Along with the fridge, the Sobro also sports a pair of 15W Bluetooth speakers that you can pair with your TV for better sound. Alternatively, you can pair them with your phone and listen to tunes while reading or studying. As you might expect, the speakers can also be controlled via the built-in touchscreen.
It also features a pair of power outlets and USB charging ports so, your devices will never run low on power. There’s even color-changeable LED lighting built into the base that you can use to set to mood or save your toes in the middle of the night by using them as a nightlight. If you’ve ever felt the soul-crushing pain of stubbing your pinky toe, which for some reason seems to seek out he corner of coffee tables, you’ll appreciate this understated feature.
And finally, since it kind of encourages you to drink beer on it, it’s spill proof. The tempered-glass top can just be wiped off without damage if a spill occurs.
As I write this article, the project on Indiegogo has already exceeded the funding goal. The maker is expecting to start shipping the Sobro as early as September 2017. You can get one for as little as $499.00. It will probably retail for much more once it goes into full-production.
I usually pass on crowd-sourced items but, frankly, I want one of these and I’ll bet you do too.
Sobro – Smart Coffee Table: Product Details
- Dimensions: 43 x 23 x 17.5 inches.
- Expected delivery: September 2017.
- Power in: 120 VAC. It comes with a 10 foot power cord.
- Speakers: Bluetooth 4.0 connected with 15W RMS10%, 8 Ohm speakers.
- Bluetooth Range: 10m (33′).
- Money will be returned in funding fails (it has already gone over the goal).
- It’s not from Ikea, it will come assembled.