Most of what we encounter at CES is shiny, new tech. So it was a nice change a pace to learn a bit more about the evolution of the HP TouchSmart experience at CntrStg yesterday… with a hand crafted prototype. One of the original conceptions of TouchSmart was a touchscreen coffee table, dubbed Misto. And the biggest barrier to bringing this to market wasn’t necessarily the tech, it was the shipping weight and logistics. After playing with Misto a bit (brief video below), I’ve been percolating how I might craft my own Surface-alike living room computer without breaking the bank. Not sure if Instructables or Make Magazine has hit this, but I think it’d be possible to pull off on a budget… as long as you didn’t want to place a drink on the “screen”. Hm. Regarding the actual deployed TouchSmart solutions, let’s just say I miss Audrey – she was ahead of her time.