May 30, 2007

Amazing Microsoft Surface Computing

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I’ve not been inspired to blog for a while, but something has really caught my imagination over the last couple of days as it has a bunch of other people.

What’s really amazed me is the Microsoft (yes…Microsoft…) Surface Computing system.

It’s basically a flat touch sensitive computer screen, but they have implemented it so elegantly it has to be seen to be believed. The best demo I’ve seen is this one:

First Look: Microsoft Surface Computing

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  1. Thass pretty damn sweet! Looks like they’ve thought of everything…

    The only niggle I have with it is the fact that this “showing how swish it is video” is all geared towards how to get money out of people! Mind you I imagine that’s where the technology is most likely to be used first.

    30 May 2007, 23:25

  2. Steve Rumsby

    31 May 2007, 10:50

  3. Nick Howes

    I don’t get that cartoon.

    Surface looks freaky sweet. I’ve seen videos of other multi-touch canvas type things, and they are all very impressive. Methinks we need one for the office :)

    31 May 2007, 22:13

  4. Steve Rumsby

    I don’t get that cartoon.

    Many of the demos I have seen have involved Surface running on a coffee table…

    31 May 2007, 23:53

  5. I thought it was because they’re geeks (although I wouldn’t have thought they’d be skateboarding or pierced) and they want to play with the computer and drool on it (hence the camera) and so they’re pretending they’re there for the coffee morning to gain access.

    I have no friends.

    01 Jun 2007, 00:02

  6. John Dale

    I guess I’ve already said this over on Steve’s blog, but I honestly don’t get what the big deal is here. I’ve seen lots of these multi-touch interface demos, and they all seem to show the same thing; shuffling photos around, selecting items such as CD covers or tracks from a collection, or drawing in a way which is probably quite cool if you’re five years old. You never see anyone doing CAD, or real-life Photoshop work, or writing an essay, or debugging their code in the shiny videos. So from what I’ve seen so far, my prediction is: possibly cool for a lobby or a shop or a restaurant. Largely pointless in the home; it doesn’t do enough that you can’t already do with a mouse to justify its existence, and there’s a ton of things it does badly or not at all.

    David Pogue writes at greater length in his usual level-headed way about the Surface demos.

    01 Jun 2007, 00:04

  7. Well yes it’s not going to be as practical for CAD or programming, but with a stylus it will be act as a pretty funky, if not large, graphics tablet.
    I see what you mean, and agree, about it not really replacing home systems, but as a concept and a tool for shops & hotels etc you have to admit that it’s quite cool. Quite.

    01 Jun 2007, 09:45

  8. Jake

    Well, thats just blown Windows out the fuckin picture! As John said, it would be good for entertaining… hell, amaizing for hotels ect. But to be honest I’v seen no interaction of the more complex programs, hence Photoshop, AutoCAD, 3D ProDesktop and so on. You just woudn’t be able to interact with .exe/.app Every programming company would have to restructure their programs for multi tactile contact… all the progress they made perfecting their programs to work with Windows would be thrown out the window, over a generation of development.

    02 Jun 2007, 20:45

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