BIG IN 2009 – Smart tables

Warning bells begin to ring even in our geeky minds when technology such as Microsoft Surface means that potentially any glass surface could become a

Warning bells begin to ring even in our geeky minds when technology such as Microsoft Surface means that potentially any glass surface could become a connected portal.

Put your phone down on the table and an advert for the new version of your phone pops up, or your entire media library will appear to scroll through – so keep it clean. The Surface tech is impressive, using huge multi-touch screens letting you skim through maps, photos or music with ease.

2009 won’t be the year it comes home, but you’ll start to see it more in restaurants, bars, clubs and shops – it’ll save queuing and be a lot more fun.

Read our full array of gadget predictions for 2009 in this month's issue of Stuff Magazine