Surface: Microsoft’s Coffee-Table PC
Remember that Warcraft 3 game you can play on a wide LCD table? Microsoft is making one (almost) just like that an is calling it Surface.
Surface is essentially a Windows Vista PC tucked inside a shiny black table base, topped with a 30-inch touchscreen in a clear acrylic frame. Five cameras that can sense nearby objects are mounted beneath the screen. Users can interact with the machine by touching or dragging their fingertips and objects such as paintbrushes across the screen, or by setting real-world items tagged with special bar-code labels on top of it.
Microsoft Surface is basically a multi-user, multi-touch coffee-table PC. Under the hood hides 5 infrared scanners, a projector and a wireless modem.
And it interacts with your other devices seamlessly…
One of the most revolutionary aspects of Surface, though, is its natural interaction with everyday objects and technologies. When you place your Wi-Fi-enabled digital camera on the table, for example, Surface “sees” the camera and does something extraordinary: It pulls your digital pictures and videos out onto the table for you to look at, move, edit or send. Images literally spill out in a pool of color.
One should really see the video here at MSNBC to realize how cool this one is.