A look at Microsoft Surface Computing.

Look What's Surfacing at MicrosoftToday Microsoft announced "Surface Computing" which is being developed by the Productivity and Extended Consumer Experiences Group (the same group that Embedded technologies lives in) - what is Surface Computing? to quote Tom Gibbons, VP of the division "Surface computing is a completely intuitive and liberating way to interact with digital content. It blurs the lines between the physical and virtual worlds." (read the entire interview here) - you can think of this as Table top computing mixed with multi-touch technologies - there's a cool video over on10

I'd curios about the application programming model, what's the input method, how are applications added to the underlying operating system - perhaps I need to go and pay the team a visit to get more of the developer story around Surface Computing...

- Mike

Comments (5)

  1. Daniel says:

    There is actually nothing new (from a research point of view) in these videos, but I think it is the first time that somebody puts all these concepts together into a really nice application.

    I wonder when these things will really work as advertised…

  2. valter.minute@gmail.com says:

    I saw this kind of technology in some "experiments" in the past (here’s a link to an Italian experiment:


    but this will be the first commercial product that will use this sort of technology (apple’s iPhone multitouch supports some of the concepts but on a smaller display and on a IMHO more limited degree of interaction).

    I think that, supported by the right software, it can be the bigger step forward in human-machine interaction since the mouse.

    Now microsoft needs only a killer application/device to promote that concept 🙂

    I like those "extended" ways of interact with a device  like the WII remote.

  3. Paul says:

    Will it run Excel?  If so, it could be mounted on a lazy Susan for collaborative work.  Finally users would understand pivot tables!

    If you display tabular data on the screen, it could be a handy lookup table.  

    It would also be great for sharing e-books with a friendly crowd.  The best part of the book would be the spectacular…wait for it…table of contents.

    More practical applications must be out there somewhere!

  4. Umesh says:

    The concept though combines known elements is fantastic! It bridges the gap between what people always wanted to do with the digital world and what they were allowed to do.

  5. It’s a lucky chance for Bill Gates to be a card magician. "PlayTable". But too expensive for every family. I’d prefer that everyone has two touch-sensitive displays in a MotoRAZR2 clamshell design for 300$ to interact with a big TV and Windows Home Server.

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