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Microsoft Surface

Browsing through images is a breeze with Surface

"You mind if I have some of your tasty beverage to wash this down?"

Image manipulation is just a fingertip away
Surface takes user involvement with digital media to the next level

Microsoft is looking to today make the same breakthrough in interface technology with "Surface" that the mouse did back in the 1980s. Surface, which will be demonstrated today at the Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital conference, provides instant interaction between people and digital content using hand gestures on a touch screen.

"With Surface, we are creating more intuitive ways for people to interact with technology," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. "We see this as a multibillion dollar category, and we envision a time when surface computing technologies will be pervasive, from tabletops and counters to the hallway mirror. Surface is the first step in realizing that vision."

In its current form, Surface is incorporated into a 30" display mounted into a table. This allows user involvement to expand beyond just one person. Surface is capable of recognizing input from not just one finger, but up to dozens of inputs simultaneously.

This technology isn’t exactly new as Apple uses a less complex version on its iPhone and “multi-touch” technology was demonstrated by Jeff Han to much fanfare last year. Microsoft, however, is bringing multi-touch to the masses.

Users can perform tasks such as browsing through pictures and music files by simply using their fingers. For users operating Surface in restaurants, a simple touch of the screen could allow you to order a beverage during a meal.

Surface also has the ability to read bar codes on items to provide further information to the user. "This means that when a customer simply sets a wine glass on the surface of a table, a restaurant could provide them with information about the wine they’re ordering, pictures of the vineyard it came from and suggested food pairings tailored to that evening’s menu," said Microsoft. "The experience could become completely immersive, letting users access information on the wine-growing region and even look at recommended hotels and plan a trip without leaving the table."

Microsoft also notes that the transfer of digital content is also possible with Surface. So it's not too hard to envision being able to set your Zune on Surface and transfer your playlist or video files for playback on the 30" display.

Surface will first be available at Harrah’s Entertainment properties, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts and T-Mobile retail stores.

"When visitors to Las Vegas choose to stay at one of our casinos, they can enjoy the amenities at all of them," said Harrah senior VP Tim Stanley. "Microsoft Surface is a great way to help our guests get the most out of their trips to Las Vegas by putting all the offerings and experiences we make available at their fingertips."

"We are creating new and engaging ways for our guests to connect with their passions while away from home. Microsoft Surface puts us at the forefront of technology and allows guests to interact with each other and our hotel in a revolutionary way," said Hoyt H. Harper II, senior vice president for Sheraton.

You can view a demo of Surface in action here (WMV).


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RE: What's new ??
By Treckin on 5/30/2007 2:13:50 AM , Rating: 0
Im simply going to repost the argument I maid earlier... im trying to not burst at the seams.

"Like the second poster, I too am sick of people MS bashing. Its come to a point of utter stupidity. I cant see how people feel so burnt by Microsoft. Its not like they killed your first born or anything. In fact, 99% of the bashers are writing from a PC with Windows in any case. If they were more then hormonal teenagers with a keyboard they would simply buy Linux or get it for free. Oh, thats right, Linux doesn't support World Of WarCrack....
How about supporting the company that ushered in the era of standardized coding? The company that makes it possible for there to be a unified platform for developers to design the coveted software that we all use, game, auto-cad, audio encoding or otherwise. There was no other way for the OS market to evolve, so get over it. There would be some nightmarish system without MS Windows in which developers had to code games across 10 different OS's in that fantasy world. And guess what? That cost would be passed along to the consumer.
Another thing - If you hate windows so much, buy a fucking apple. That way you can have some tofu eating hippie 'genius' clean all the adware and spyware off of your shiny chrome orb IFlock box that you accumulated while looking at animal porn...

Give Microsoft some props for developing a great system that we all use, with great customer support. It is probably one of the hardest tasks a software company can take on."

On the patenting thing...
If Microsoft (no wait, all individuals and companies alike) didn't patent their innovations then they would have absolutly no inclination to dump billions of dollars into R&D... That seems really obvious, but some people still seem to think that patents are bad ideas...


RE: What's new ??
By Shino0oo on 5/30/07, Rating: 0
RE: What's new ??
By Fire404 on 5/30/2007 2:46:18 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
ps : and ask yourself if 99% of us use ms oses to bash ms .. is it by choice, when the ms 'tax' plagues nearly all new built pcs

Not sure how MS 'taxes' my self-built rigs...... if people have a basis to hate MS so strongly then maybe they should look into building their own rig and choose their own OS. If they arent capable of this, chances are they wouldnt be able to a PC if MS hadn't progressed the platform in the way that they have.

And no, I'm no fanboi, I have a Linux install sitting next to my XP/Vista install and use Firefox and OpenOffice instead of the MS products.


RE: What's new ??
By JoeBanana on 5/30/2007 7:14:32 AM , Rating: 2
What are u talking about worldofwarcrack runs just fine under Linux :P


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