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Microsoft Surface for the Average User

The Microsoft Surface was revolutionary three years ago, but now everyone has followed suit and still few, if any, commercial residences have a place for their own multi-touch coffee table. The innovative patent appeared in 2007 but today only a sprinkling of well known retailers are the proud owners of this interactive computer. So what’s missing?
 Microsoft Surface for the Average User
 
 

The Microsoft Surface was revolutionary three years ago, but now everyone has followed suit and still few, if any, commercial residences have a place for their own multi-touch coffee table. The innovative patent appeared in 2007 but today only a sprinkling of well known retailers are the proud owners of this interactive computer.

So what’s missing?

Portability. The 30 inch tabletop isn’t quite as interactive as you might think when it takes up half your living room. That and the $10,000 price tag and you’d feel ashamed for still wanting a laptop and Smartphone. So Microsoft is reportedly doing something about it. According to Microsoft Research, the Surface’s multi-users capabilities are being developed for anyone with a mobile lifestyle while still enabling 3D interaction.

Hard at work reporting this development, and its potential Minority Report future, are techie blogs like Gizmodo and CrunchGear. The Surface’s concept uses several
computer screens to project an image onto a larger surface, a surface that could just as easily translate onto any kitchen table, restaurant diner or living room floor.
Gizmodo’s theory switches up the skills of the Surface, which projects each computer image downward rather than up.

The Microsoft Surface was the talk of the town in 2007, though it wasn’t the purveyor in surface computing that year. The expectations were high for the product that mirrored tablets previously covered only in the movies, but even toward the end of 2008 only a few U.S. retailers were privileged enough to own the device.

Today, Microsoft Surface is still just as interactive as ever, but it’s equally as large in a world of iPads and the Verizon iPhone. The company website indicates that several retails and hotel chains are still the proud owners of these surfaces, including Sheraton Hotels, Las Vegas’ Rio iBar, NBC and Disney.

Source: Microsoft Surface, Microsoft Research



 

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