This is a project from awhile back, a friend of mine wanted all the fun of a MAME cabinet but without taking up space.
The solution was to create something that he could connect to his TV in the media room.

Thus the Coffee table arcade was born!
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Very simple and effective, the table was purchased from a local trading website, an I-PAC 4 and controls were bought from Ozstick.

We simply drilled in some holes, connected it all up to the I-PAC and then ran a USB cable to a laptop that was placed near the TV as a media player/  arcade.

Laptop connected to the TV via HDMI and ran MAME, nice and simple.

Once you’re done the table looks cool and can be easily placed to the side to keep your wife happy ;).