I had a desktop Zen garden once, then the cat stepped on it and sent granules of sand flying everywhere. I'd be willing to take a chance on a new inside Zen garden, but only if it's a Zen Table.
The Zen Table is a Kickstarter project that successfully reached its funding goal earlier this month. It's a glass-top table filled with tiny silicone beads so that the whole creation has the appearance of an enclosed Zen garden.
Zen garden coffee tables have been done before, but not quite like this one. Beneath that sea of silicone is a system of electronics and robotics that carves images into the sand. Load up an SD card with bitmaps, and let the machine do the rest.
Two backers took the $5,000 plunge to order a Zen Table of their own. One backer laid down $7,500 for a table with a 3G modem. Eventually, that buyer will be able to control the table with an app.
Desktop versions a little over a foot wide came in at the $500 pledge level for a DIY kit and at $750 for a fully assembled version. That should give you an idea where pricing may be set when the Zen Tables go into wider production.
There is something mesmerizing about watching the Zen Table at work. It looks like an industrious little insect playing in the sand. Check out the video below of the table drawing a Bugatti Veyron. Crazy-fast cars are very Zen, right?