Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 30th May 2007 09:54 UTC, submitted by Laurence
Microsoft "Microsoft has unveiled a new touch-sensitive coffee table-shaped computer called 'Surface'. Designed to do away with the need for a traditional mouse and keyboard, users can instead use their fingers to operate the computer. Also designed to interact with mobile phones placed on the surface, Microsoft says it will initially sell the unit to corporate customers. These will include hotels, casinos, phone stores and restaurants." Instant update: More details and a video.
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Mmmm okay
by gonzalo on Wed 30th May 2007 11:04 UTC
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2005-07-06

In a way, yes, it is very interesting and cool. Even omg-i-want-one-now cool.

But in another way, the impression I get is that of an interesting technology which still does not have a clear usage. I mean, sure, I can see how this would work for the number of things shown in the video, but what about other uses of a computer? Writing, for example, is probably not very suited to this interface.

And also, this looks tiring. I don't know if I'd be able to stay at it for a couple of hours. Even just playing with photos and surfing the web. More than 10 minutes hunched on a table moving my hands around? Woa, too much effort.

Edited 2007-05-30 11:11

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