The Surface tables from Microsoft were omnipresent at the WCIT; I counted more than 20 teams using them, either as an integral part of the projects or as presentation vehicles. They are still seen as new and edgy gadgets (do we say ‘gadgets’ to describe table-size devices?), and they still evoke a great deal of interest among the visitors (especially if there is something more on a table than mere image shuffling app). Games are the top attractors, even if people have no clue how to play. ‘Did I just win? or lose? No idea!’ was literally saying this man.
Funny enough, one very analogue table with a very old game on it was making quite a sizable competition to all the digital interactive Surfaces; this chess table was hardly ever empty!