Surface Computer users can
fingerpaint digitally, resize and interact with photos and videos, and even "digitize"
some real-life events, such as splitting up a restaurant bill and researching
wines. The Surface Computer can recognize some real-world objects and creates
onscreen versions to interact with.
has just announced its Surface Computing technology, a project that has been kept
under wraps for five years. Using a giant table-like display, users are able to
draw, interact with media, and use another new technology called domino tagging,
in which a real-life object on the computer's surface is identified and becomes
an on-screen object. Picture a surface that can recognize physical objects from
a paintbrush to a cell phone and allows hands-on, direct control of content such
as photos, music and maps. Today at the Wall Street Journal's D: All Things Digital
conference, Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer will unveil Microsoft Surface,
the first in a new category of surface computing products from Microsoft that
breaks down traditional barriers between people and technology. Surface turns
an ordinary tabletop into a vibrant, dynamic surface that provides effortless
interaction with all forms of digital content through natural gestures, touch
and physical objects. Beginning at the end of this year, consumers will be able
to interact with Surface in hotels, retail establishments, restaurants and public
The intuitive user interface
works without a traditional mouse or keyboard, allowing people to interact with
content and information on their own or collaboratively with their friends and
families, just like in the real world. Surface is a 30-inch display in a table-like
form factor that small groups can use at the same time. From digital finger painting
to a virtual concierge, Surface brings natural interaction to the digital world
in a new and exciting way.
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"With Surface, we
are creating more intuitive ways for people to interact with technology,"
Ballmer said. "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."
Microsoft Surface puts people
in control of their experiences with technology, making everyday tasks entertaining,
enjoyable and efficient. Imagine ordering a beverage during a meal with just the
tap of a finger. Imagine quickly browsing through music and dragging favorite
songs onto a personal playlist by moving a finger across the screen. Imagine creating
and sending a personal postcard of vacation pictures instantly to friends and
family, while still wearing flip-flops.
also features the ability to recognize physical objects that have identification
tags similar to bar codes. 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. 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.
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