You must go and see this. This is about the neatest thing I have seen since the original Mosaic browser. This will truly revolutionize the way people interact with their technology. Now the $64K Question: can Microsoft pull it off? And will I be able to afford it when (if) it does?
I love the way it put Zunes and phones on the table and dragged stuff to them – way beyond the capabilities of today’s Sync technology. Microsoft says the commercial versions will be out late THIS YEAR. Yeah, and Vista was ready in 2003. It says a preview will be on display in New York on June 9 at The Sheraton Hotel & Towers, and it’s even supposed to be open to the public.
And Microsoft is talking about $10K for a unit. Give it a year or two and it will be the price of a good gaming box.
Here’s its synopsis:
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.