Microsoft Plans to Revolutionize Interface Technology With "Surface"

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  1. MIG-31

    MIG-31 Old time Member.. Staff Member

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    Source: Dailytech
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    Microsoft is looking to make the same breakthrough in interface technology today that the mouse did back in the 1980s with "Surface." Surface, which will be demonstrated today at the Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital conference, provides instant interaction between people and digital content using hand gestures on a touch screen.
     
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    Sounds cool but mucho expensive.
     
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    It's nothing but a touchscreen.

    Edit: Did they patent "surface" yet?
     
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    if they are releasing info like this then I would say yes.

    Seems pretty cool.
     
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    Vikingod Int'l Fish Liaison

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    Interesting idea, but I wonder what "home" applications it would apply to. I bet for the time being, the price range will keep it out of the home. It should be interesting to see where it goes. Either its a flop, or the home PC could be getting a major face lift.
     
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    I dont care much about touch screens. They get soo dirty from the oils and stuff on your fingers.
     
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    Currently the idea is to put it in casinos, hotel lobbies, the like. That makes sense as a current target audience.
     
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    It would be cool for restaurants so you can play with the screen and ignore your boring date. If it gets internet access maybe you can setup another date while you're there.
     
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    actually i was reading an article and watched on dailyplanet something that takes it quite a step further.

    Anyone remember Minority Report?

    Well the computer system, they didn't wear any gloves or anything, while they didn't have holographic screens, but using real monitors, they has sensors that quickly calibrated to a users hands and fingers, you could physically move your hands and fingers around objects and move then, turn them, fold them (in motions), they even had a virtual keyboard that they demonstated to work very very well. (course your arms would get tired after awhile so you'd need something to rest them on). System had a few bugs though, they'd try and grab a window and move it over, and occaionally it would grab the wrong thing and try to move it. And the actions had to be a little slower then what you would have seen in minority report. But it was working.
     

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