Sofaside PC Anyone?


sofaside pc end tableAn ingenious electronics engineer with, as you will see, excellent woodworking and fabrication skills has created a new type of home entertainment PC for all of us to consider adopting called a Sofaside PC. The basic idea is to remove your “hobbled” set-top duty HTPC away from your TV and build a high performance PC rig inside a custom furniture end-table enclosure – complete with folding doors and slide out tray accessibility – that sits, as the names suggests, next to your couch. Very clever.

The creator, only known by his nickname Oakman 1000, explains: “After much, MUCH experimentation I came up with my concept. I came up with novel ways of keeping it cool, quite yet still stylish. It does away with a lot of techno clutter. The cable boxes are inside with the computer so no ugly rats nest of cables. It replaces my DVD, CD, games console, Radio, VCR, etc. and looks great while doing so. My CD and DVD collection has been consigned to the basement. More clutter gone. It’s very ‘wife friendly’ and now pretty much my whole home entertainment system is in a very small 21” square footprint. It looks like an unobtrusive yet cool little end table.

sofaside pc tray

[...] What I now have is a computer with a quad core, 4tb’s of storage, two gigs of ram and an Nvidea gforce 8800gts in my living room that looks great and is virtually silent. Media streaming such as movies can be found easily and then dragged and dropped to my plasma TV, and it all plays through my surround sound system. It’s awesome for games! I can surf the internet by rolling my wireless mouse around on my sofa and type away happily with my keyboard on my lap, all while watching recorded TV on the big screen.”

Now if the guy can figure out a way to mass produce these (since it doesn’t look like you can buy them online) or partner with a company like Ikea or Crate & Barrel, he might just convert some of us.

[UPDATE] Thanks to reader pottingshed I just learned that this end-table enclosure is actually a real world product offered by Pearing Systems called the MEdiaCOre computer system. Interestingly, after digging around for more information, it turns out that Oakman 1000 may actually be the creator (or a contributor) since it’s his YouTube video (check the profile) that’s included in the company press release.

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  • pottingshed

    This is a product announced (but unavailable) last year – see http://www.pearingsystems.com/

    Same photos…

  • Alexander Grundner

    You’re right. Odd that Oakman 1000 didn’t mention that. I’ll update the post linking to Pearing Systems’ MEdiaCOre product.

  • Oakman1000

    Funny to see it on a website I read regularly. Gave me quite a shock. The reason I didn’t mention the website is that the blog was about design and not a product. The blog was really just a bit of a rant about the lack of aesthetic design focus in the industry. If computers are going to move to our living rooms this will have to be addressed. Also, I was looking for input on what people thought of the idea. I was toying with producing it as a real world product. I made the video and created the website. Then life took over and I have had no time.

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