In reading the Athenaeum’s Twitter feed this morning I came acr0ss an espresso maker and television set that stretches the imagination.  First, the text message, robot initiated espresso by Zipwhip:

We have a Keurig machine in the Reading Room. Could this be it’s replacement?

Next, is what could very loosely be called a “television set”.  Christina Bonnington’s writes in Wired about NDS’s “surfaces” as you can see in the picture:

Image from NDS via Wired

The images are managed through an iPad and can include multiple displays of digital content or a single mammoth screen. When it is off it disappears and the wallpaper shows through.   Can you imagine either of these in use at the Athenaeum?