Microsoft Surface – Revolutionary

This is breaking news and believe me this is big. In a press statement released earlier today Microsoft unveiled a revolutionary new product called Microsoft Surface. Microsoft Surface is a combination of ground breaking software and hardware technology that will change the way we interact with digital content. 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 actual unique objects that have identification tags similar to bar codes. Microsoft Surface eliminates the need for a mouse and a keyboard and allows users to directly interact through the screen.

Microsoft Surface

But, touch screen has existed for a long time. You must be wondering, “What is so revolutionary about Microsoft Surface?”. Microsoft Surface features Multi-touch funtionality (which hasnt been seen in any product other than yet to be released Apple iPhone) and Multi-user experience. Thanks to Direct interaction you can interact with every object on your screen without mouse or keyboard. You can grab an object, push it away, rotate or resize it. But, its most revolutionary aspect is Object Recognition. Imagine the possibilities. Imagine creating digital paintings using a normal brush.

We have seen similar technologies before (remember Touchtable?). But, they have all been mere concepts or prototypes. This is the first time something like this is going to be produced on a large scale. The first companies to roll out Surface will be Harrah�s Entertainment, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, T-Mobile USA and a distributor, International Game Technology. It’s expected to cost upto $10,000. This would put it out of reach for most home users. However, new technology is always expensive. The question is can this be succesfully implemented in Laptops and Desktop computers? Is this the future? What do you think?

7 Responses to Microsoft Surface – Revolutionary

  1. Aman May 30, 2007 at 7:30 pm #

    aila ! James Bond ?!?
    Revolutionary but hope its practical and affordable …

  2. Moulinneuf May 30, 2007 at 10:52 pm #

    No , not at all , you know who deserve the absolute 100% credit but is sidetracked by the guy who lead the project and has takem it outside the environment it was built in :

    NYU , they paid for the hardware and ressource to develop it to a working system and student of the NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences department did most of the research and job , but since Jeff Han ( the project lead developer ) founded a company and took out the entire project and developer with it its highly unlikely that NYU will be remebered in the futur for there part in the creation of this technology.

    Microsoft is known for doing this every new technology as Microsoft *partnering* in it and sabotaging it for there own profit once it become big. They never did contribute the financial , nor paid most of the developer who worked on it and they are hidding the fact that its not even there technology to begin with and that they are leasing it just like Apple does for the iPhones and probably leopard.

    Look up http://www.perceptivepixel.com/ , they are the company who are behind pusing and developing the technology , Microsoft is just rebranding there own version and as usual will probably make it there own by breaking compatibility down the road.

    :mrgreen:

  3. Pallab May 31, 2007 at 4:12 am #

    I agree that Multi-Touch Technology itself isnt new. In fact people have been working on it for quarter of a century.I mentioned it in my article :

    We have seen similar technologies before (remember Touchtable?). But, they have all been mere concepts or prototypes. This is the first time something like this is going to be produced on a large scale

    And that is certainly quite an achievement. Also, I dont think Object Recognition was present in either Touchtable or Perceptive Pixel.

  4. Nirmal May 31, 2007 at 6:14 pm #

    I saw the video and looks really promising stuff. But what about the price, it wont be affordable at $10000. Hope it becomes a reality.

  5. led bulbs September 15, 2011 at 10:09 pm #

    ?¡ãReading this distinct I assumed it was very educational?¡À

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