X

This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

I agree
Learn More
Great Geek Gifts in the Technabob Shop!Get Technabob Daily: Join our Mailing List! | Follow Us: Facebook | Twitter
AWESOMER MEDIA SITES: THE AWESOMER | MIGHTYMEGA | 95OCTANE
Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob

Microsoft Surface: Interactive Multi Touch Tabletop Computer Revealed

by Paul Strauss
Advertisement

Microsoft today announced the launch of a new product line known as Surface. The tabletop system is designed to create interactive experiences using gestures, touch and objects placed on the surface of the tabletop.

Microsoft Surface Example

We’ve seen earlier research prototypes of this technology under the moniker PlayAnywhere, but now Microsoft is commercializing it. The initial Surface system looks like a table with 30-inch flat panel monitor embedded beneath the tabletop.

Microsoft Surface

Like Apple’s iPhone, Surface supports multi-touch, meaning it can detect touch in multiple locations on the display, providing the ability to “grab” and manipulate objects on the screen. The system can also accept simultaneous input from multiple users, making it perfect for gaming and other entertainment uses. In addition, it can interact with objects placed on the surface for everything from augmented reality applications to detecting when a media player is placed on the surface so it can begin transferring digital content via a wireless connection.

Surface runs on the Windows Vista platform, but has specialized software which provides the touch and gesture interface. With the initial units costing around $10k each, Microsoft sees the initial applications for surface being in bars, restaurants, casinos, hotels and other locations where users might interact with menus, maps, games or other information without need for a mouse, keyboard or other control device. They expect to ship the first devices later this year.

Deals in The Technabob Shop



Advertisement

More from Awesomer Media...

Ron Howard to Take over Han Solo Movie

Ron Howard to Take over Han Solo Movie

The Batmobile Almost Had a Cameo in Cars 3

The Batmobile Almost Had a Cameo in Cars 3

Rick & Morty: The Search for Meaning

Rick & Morty: The Search for Meaning

Beer Break & Brake Adjuster Tool

Beer Break & Brake Adjuster Tool

Fantastic Custom ’63 Dodge Polara Hot Rod for Sale

Fantastic Custom ’63 Dodge Polara Hot Rod for Sale

2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Review: Power Meets Practicality

2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Review: Power Meets Practicality