Meet Microsoft Surface
We’ve all had some form of interaction with computers whether it is in our homes, on our jobs, or at an ATM. The competition between computer developing corporations has created a pretty lucrative market. We cannot deny the remarkable evolution of the computer console that was once a massive machine that almost filled an entire room, and is now accessible in a handheld device. We’ve come far in the Technological Age and I must say, being alive during such an awesome time of tech-evolution is indeed phenomenal.
So, I recently stumbled on what I believe is another step in the computer evolution. I don’t know if you all are familiar with Microsoft’s Surface (tabletop computer). It’s a Windows Vista-compatible computer housed inside of a table with a 30-in. glass surface. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, get this… It uses a multi-touch screen that allows a user, or multiple users, to manipulate digital content by the use of natural motions, hand gestures, or physical objects. The Microsoft Surface is optimized to respond to 52 touches at a time. Wow! In addition to recognizing finger movements, Microsoft Surface can also identify physical objects. For example, when a user places a wine glass onto the Surface, the table can automatically offer additional wine choices tailored to the dinner being eaten. How sick is that!
The release of the Microsoft Surface is projected for Spring 2008, and prices are predicted to be $5,000 to $10,000 per unit. Initial customers will be in the hospitality market, such as restaurants, hotels, retail, and public entertainment venues. However, Microsoft expects prices to drop low enough to make consumer-versions feasible in 3 to 5 years.
Can you see this being the next computer purchase for your home 5 years from now? Who knows where technology will be by then; I think the Surface gives us a clear look into the tech-future.