30.5.07

Microsoft unveils table computer (or do they?)



Microsoft has unveiled a new touch-sensitive coffee table-shaped computer called "Surface".

Designed to do away with the need for a traditional mouse and keyboard, users can instead use their fingers to operate the computer.

Also designed to interact with mobile phones placed on the surface, Microsoft says it will initially sell the unit to corporate customers.

These will include hotels, casinos, phone stores and restaurants.

With a 30-inch screen, Surface will initially sell for between $5,000 and $10,000 (£2,525-£5,050).

Talk about fiction becoming reality, anyone remember minority report?




HMTK Steve is far from impressed though, as he fails to see any real world applications for this device. He also feels that it's Microsoft repackaging someone else's technology to make money.

I don't agree though, casinos will find this very useful, and I'm sure they'll be more and more uses for this when the marketing people sit down and think of where the money is. It's all down to your imagination, this thing could really go places.

And with the clout of Microsoft behind it, the sky is the limit.

3 comments:

  1. I've been trying to educate some people that this idea is very old. It was even used in the movie Minority Report

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  2. @chixta, I saw a flying car in an old movie, is the idea also old. Oh please. Next time you see this tech adapted for a hotel lobby or trade show, remember I told you so. Techies are anti microsoft, I understand. But this guys made a crappy OS universal you gotta give them some respect.

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  3. At present other than the hotel,casino n such applications...I myself cant see it catching on...I do know that change is very slow to catch on in pc market especially if its quite radical or new..well guess time will tell...but give me a keyboard n mouse anyday!:-)
    And people still dont believe the line
    "Today's dream are tomorrow's reality"..:-)..hmm it does look kewl..especially the interactive gloves in minority report

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