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Posted 2007-05-30 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Microsoft Tabletop Surfaces
Microsoft has unveiled "Surface," a tabletop computer with multi-user touch-screen interface. Surface's slick site shows various uses for the device, which appears to be able to discern the touch of a finger from a paintbrush or from a mobile phone.

I think touch-based interfaces are pretty useful, but instead of looking at the big picture, glancing ahead towards a resurgence in tabletop gaming, I'm going to focus on the banal: Who wants to wipe this thing down every 15 minutes? Seriously. Surface is demonstrated as a smart replacement for a table. Think about the last time you were in your local coffee shop--did you spend a lot of time pawing at the table with your cheese-danish-coated fingers? Of course not.

At this point, I'm confident that Surface will in fact be coated at all times with a patina of human goo, much like I predict the Apple iPhone will be swathed in a bath of ear-wax. Other annoyances will include sore necks and backs due to reaching for the far end of the table, and cracked Surfaces due to dropping pitchers of beer on top.

Practicalities aside, the technology looks amazing, doesn't it?
 
     
 
   
 
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Comment posted by mysteryjones
May 31, 2007 @ 9:21 am
     
 
Very cool UI!

Looks like Microsoft may have had a chat with Jeff Han after his TED Talk:

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/65
 
     
 
     
   
 
 
     
 
     
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