What if you could roleplay at a table that actually contained all the game logic? It recognized your mini when you placed on the surface and presented an array of options available to your character and resolved the challenges based upon GM and Player input? In addition, you were not constrained to play within the rules (game logic), but could play “freestyle” any time you wish by simply switching of the rules?
Well, the technology is available today, but it’s real pricey (app. $12,000 USD). However, in about 10 years, I expect the price for such technologies will have dropped into the upper range of affordable and such tables might become something more than an uncommon sight.
If you have been following the Labs for any amount of time, then you are probably aware of my love of technology when it is used to enhance or facilitate the playing of roleplaying games. Recently, The Core Mechanic and Mad Brew Labs bounced some ideas about utilizing Social Media as a platform for playing RPGs.   
Prior to the discussion of Social Media RPGs, I wrote several articles about the Future Technology of roleplaying. These articles focused on current technologies the hobby had yet to use fully, emerging technologies that RPGs could utilize, a look at augmented reality for RPGs, and finally a piece about the rise of the digital game table, which included a preview of Dungeons & Dragons being playing on the Microsoft Surface.
The SurfaceScapes team at Carnegie Mellon University has designed the interface and logic for playing D&D on the MS Surface. The MS Surface site has done several interviews with the team, and if you’re interested in the technology, I recommend you read them.  
Otherwise, I present three videos that demonstrate the capabilities of the table:
 Roleplaying Games, Social Media Games, and the Shared Fence. The Core Mechanic. 2010-01-12.
 Bridging the Gap: RPGs and Social Media. Mad Brew Labs. 2010-01-14.
 Social Media RPG Platform. Mad Brew Labs. 2010-01-15.
 Social Media Role Playing Minigames. The Core Mechanic. 2010-01-15.
 Untapped Potential of Technology. Mad Brew Labs. 2009-05-06.
 Future Potential of Technology. Mad Brew Labs. 2009-08-06.
 Augmented Reality “Boardgame”. Mad Brew Labs. 2009-08-07.
 Rise of the Digital Game Table. Mad Brew Labs. 2009-10-19.
 The Microsoft Surface is a multi-touch table computer.
 Carnegie Mellon University is located in Pittsburgh, PA.
 Dungeons & Dragons Done Right on MS Surface. MS Surface Blog. 2009-10-19.
 SurfaceScapes Follow-up: Bringing D&D to MS Surface. MS Surface Blog. 2009-12-08.
 New Gameplay Video with D&D on Surface. MS Surface Blog. 2009-12-16.