May 30, 2007
Microsoft seem to be dabbling in anything and everything these days. The latest announcement is a Surface computer (ie. a screen on a flat surface).
Microsoft say ‘The launch of Microsoft Surface marks the beginning of a new technology category and a user-interface revolution. Surface, Microsoft’s first surface computer, provides effortless interaction with digital content through natural hand gestures, touch and physical objects. Surface computing breaks down traditional barriers between people and technology, changing the way people interact with all kinds of everyday information — from photos to maps to menus.‘
Sounds pretty funky and futuristic if you ask me! It seems Microsoft must have a new team working in their hardware area who’ve been tasked with producing new and exciting ways to compute.
The main application will be for point of sale computers (such as hotels or retail) I would imagine.