Surface – It’s real! and Arturo Toledo previews his MIX presentation

IMAGE_013 Kordesy and I skipped class at the Silverlight Artists in Residence program at Microsoft in Seattle today to seek out a Microsoft Surface and find out if they are real. Check out the video:  DG.TV Microsoft Surface

Turns out they are real! The interaction is very smooth and natural on the sample applications (nothing too complicated), although we did notice a little bit of lag when we dragged things around quickly. However there is something really compelling about reaching out and manipulating stuff with your hands. I don't think we've even scratched the surface (no pun intended) of the new interaction paradigms we're going to have to come up with for devices like these.

Also while we were out and about in Redmond we grabbed an interview with Arturo Toledo, who organised the Artists in Residence program. Arturo gave us a sneak-preview of his presentation for MIX: DG.TV Arturo Toledo Thanks Arturo!

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  1. tom says:

    "However there is something really compelling about reaching out and manipulating stuff with your hands."

    Word… I wish the microsoft Mobile folks would get of their high hourse and

    a) provide a 100% touch version

    b) provide a proper web browser

    After playing with both the Apple iPhone and the iPod Touch I feel like something is missing on my iMate JasJam (actually the phone itself is utter crap and the worst phone I have ever owned).

    But seriously, just had a play around with a new BlackBerry… crazy thing is that I am no so used to a touch activated screen I keep trying to touch the screen to make things work. Can’t imagine what it would be like after using an iPhone for a few months.

    Oh btw, the HTC Touch really is a joke in comparison… It’s a pseudo touch activated quickfix. Sorry to say…

    What concerns me though is that you say that there is lag when dragging things around. Huh??? Shouldn’t there be a high powered PC in there… How come the little tiny iPod Touch has no lag when dragging while a huge box of a computer has lag… beyond me.

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