Monday, October 22, 2007

Coolest Touch Screen Ever Seen

I read a couple of months ago about Microsoft Surface and I realized it could change the way we interact with computers. For me it's some kind of interface 10.0 (forget 2.0, 3.0 and so on). I think that from time to time we see technology that can really change things and this Microsoft Surface could be one of those. It is an amazing piece of technology that fascinaste me!

Microsoft Surface isn't Minority Report's touch screens or a bigger touch screen iPod! It is much more than that! By the way this kind of techonology is called multi-input touch screen.

Surface's product overview and description taken from Microsoft's website are the following:

"Surface is the first commercially available surface computing platform from Microsoft Corporation. It turns an ordinary tabletop into a vibrant, interactive surface. The product provides effortless interaction with digital content through natural gestures, touch and physical objects. In essence, it’s a surface that comes to life for exploring, learning, sharing, creating, buying and much more. Soon to be available in restaurants, hotels, retail and public entertainment venues, this experience will transform the way people shop, dine, entertain and live."

"Surface is a 30-inch display in a table-like form factor that’s easy for individuals or small groups to interact with in a way that feels familiar, just like in the real world. Surface can simultaneously recognize dozens and dozens of movements such as touch, gestures and will be able to recognize actual unique objects that have identification tags similar to bar codes.
Surface will ship to partners with a portfolio of basic applications, including photos, music, virtual concierge and games, which can be customized to provide their customers with unique experiences.".

The best way to understand what it is and how it can be used is to watch the videos that I found at Youtube.

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