All technical blogs are abuzz with the news. As Microsoft is putting it, “Surface Computing has arrived”. You can find a complete demo with some incredible videos here.
It might seem like a big coffee table with a fancy top, but its in fact a powerful computer equipped with dozens of sensors and cameras monitoring the surface and running a schmoozed up version of Windows Vista. The project was secretly under development since 2001 under the code name “Milan”. Its priced in the $5000 to $10,000 range for now and is being targeted at the Hotel industry and other large corporate customers.
True to the silicon valley tradition of hate for the evil empire , there are already allegations of plagiarism and rip-off. However, in my opinion, pieces of this technology have existed for a while and what makes this really big is that this announcement brings together all that technology into a compelling product. What matters even more is the inspiration that this might bring to someone leading to the development of applications that might have a really profound impact on how we interact with our computers.