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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Microsoft Surface

Microsoft announced a new product called Microsoft Surface.
The product is a result of a long research on surface computing.

Tom Gibbons said:

It’s a powerful technology that is visually compelling. Surface is a horizontal display on a table-like form factor that morphs from an ordinary table-top into a new, vibrant way to bring connected entertainment and digital content to users. The cool factor is the way you interact with digital content by using your hands to get what you need. Surface provides effortless interaction with digital content through natural gestures, touch and physical objects. Because Surface is essentially housed in a table, it’s easy for individuals or multiple people to gather around it in a way that feels familiar – making collaboration more powerful and fun.

The possibilities behind this technology are endless - I really can't wait to have one of these at home. However, the product will be proposed to hotels, public entertainment venues at first at the cost of few thousand dollars.

Amongst the various technologies behind the scene , the UI is powered by WPF and the .NET Framework. A whole new niche is about to reveal in front of the .NET developer.

Be sure to check out the videos in the Links section, bellow.

Microsoft Surface (Videos)
ScottGu on MS Surface
Tom Gibbons about Microsoft Surface
The Channel 9 version of the story
Robert Burke's Weblog about Microsoft Surface
Another video on
Video on Popular mechanics

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