Some fans, myself included, have watched a certain oft-used prop in ‘Hawaii Five-0‘s’ first season with particular fascination. That prop is what is fondly referred to by many reviewers as the ‘Magic’ table or surface work table that the Five-o Task team, and especially Chin Ho Kelly have utilized to help with their cases.
At the Honolulu Star Advertiser’s Interactive website you can find pictures and background information on the Surface Table from when reporter Mike Gordon (aka @CrankyDad) toured the studio last winter.
Here is what we learn from the site and video so we can indulge our inner geekdom:
- The table is a 52 inch flat screen TV on his back in the middle of a black table
- Video Engineer, Dan Helias, creates and controls the displays that appear on the table. He programs the images for the surface table and all its overhead monitors on a series of smaller computers at his workstation elsewhere.
- Helias explains that the ‘touch table’ is based on the Microsoft Surface 2.0 which was too small for their needs because it had to be big enough to line up the 4 main actors around it for the show to play on.
- The fake TV is fed from a Mac Mini from 100 ft away.
- They send an HDMI signal over ethernet cables using a converter which sends the image to the Surface Table.
- The images on the tabletop in front of a user are able to be sent to screens at the right with a sweep of a hand. This all-in-one-movement in reality is Dan operating two different computers at once.
- Three 42 inch monitors hang from a custom built rack near the Five-0 team’s surface table fed by a separate table.
- The team’s office spaces are located to the left of the high tech computers and surface table area in HQ