Microsoft Surface


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Product Overview:

Microsoft Surface: MS Surface also known as Milan is a new product from Microsoft. It is a software and hardware combination that allows its users to manipulate digital content by using a multi touch point system of input. Consumers can use natural motions, hand gestures, or physical object to have a more interactive computing experience. Effortless interaction with digital content through natural gestures, touch, and physical objects is now more than just science fiction. For example, you can place your MP3 player on the table and literally drag music files to it, automatically updating your MP3 player. You can also edit pictures on the fly by widening or cropping the picture with hand gestures before moving the picture over to your folder to save.





Description:


Microsoft Surface utilizes a 30-inch display in a table-like form factor making it easy for users to interact with the technology to explore, learn, share, and create. The new technology, Microsoft Surface, is expected to be released by commercial partners in November 2007. Initial customers will be in the hospitality businesses, such as restaurants, hotels, retail, and public entertainment venues. The price right now is set at around $10,000 for one unit. Although, Microsoft does expect the prices to drop significantly over the next 3-5 years where they'll eventually be used in homes.Until then, places like T-Mobile stores, Harrah's and Sheraton Hotels will most likely be the owners of the first Surface systems.
http://faq.programmerworld.net/cool-gadgets/what-is-microsoft-surface.html

Possibilities:

  • With new emerging cell phone and credit card technologies, The Surface will make things seen in movies like IRobot or AI possible.
  • The fast food industry can increase their speed in ordering and labor by implementing The Surface.
  • Startrek type consols will be in every house hold integrated with your fridge to defrost the chicken you will cook.
  • No more white boards in schools, a Surface in class for the teacher to write on and no more note taking because the teacher uploads the notes of that day to your Surface at nome.
  • The next evolutionary step in computers is The Surface.
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  • The key attributes that Microsoft Surface computing features are:
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* Multi-user experience - allows for colaboration which allows mulitple user to share the experience at one time.
  • Object recognitionObject recognition - technology which recognizes physical objects when places on the surface allows for digital responses.
  • Multi-touch contactMulti-touch contact - enables a recognition of mulitple touch points simultaneously.
  • Direct interactionDirect interaction - interaction with information using your hands and fingers; users can forgo the traditional mouse and keyboard.



Physical Features:
Horizontal orientation - 30 inch display
Dimensions - 22 inches high, 21 inches deep, 42 inches wide
Materials - surface tabletop acrylic, interior frame is powder coated steel

System:
Software runs on Windows Vista and has wired Ethernet 10/100 and wireless 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity.

Applications:
  • E-Commerce
  • Education
  • Paperless Menus
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  • Multi-Media Transfer
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  • Universal Electronic Identifier
  • Cookbook
  • Live Entertainment
  • Future abilities include storing the information dragged and dropped

Web Resources:

official site:
http://www.microsoft.com/surface/

related sites:
http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9723647-1.html?tag=blog.2
Microsoft Surface - Behind The Scenes First Look Video
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/surfacecomputing/default.mspx
http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/industry/4217348.html

Terminology: 802.11 b/g wireless - early base versions of wireless connectivity. Does not suppport wireless-N.
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