Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Mar 2008 18:13 UTC
Microsoft In targeting casinos, restaurants, and hotels, Microsoft knows it is barely scratching the surface of the demand for its tabletop computer. The company is convinced there is a mass market for an interactive touch-screen computer, but perhaps not in its current USD 10000 version. CEO Steve Ballmer told financial analysts last month that Microsoft had a plan to speed up the arrival of a consumer version of the tabletop computer Surface.
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hmmm
by Flatline on Thu 27th Mar 2008 19:35 UTC
Flatline
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2006-03-06

It's cool and everything, but wouldn't it be an ergonomic nightmare for extended use? Hunching over a table all day would not make your back feel very nice, methinks.

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RE: hmmm
by dagw on Thu 27th Mar 2008 20:04 in reply to "hmmm"
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2005-07-06

It's cool and everything, but wouldn't it be an ergonomic nightmare for extended use? Hunching over a table all day would not make your back feel very nice, methinks.

First of all what makes you assume that anybody expects this to replace your normal computer. That is not and never has been its point. Everybody, including Microsoft, agrees that trying to write your PhD thesis on this thing is just plain stupid.

Secondly why would you be hunching? Look at a draftsman's or drawing table. They're designed so you can work on them all day without any need for hunching. If these things become popular and people start using them for long periods of time what makes you think they wouldn't come up with some kind of similar solution.

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RE[2]: hmmm
by Johann Chua on Fri 28th Mar 2008 04:40 in reply to "RE: hmmm"
Johann Chua Member since:
2005-07-22

Isn't Surface basically a rear-projection box? Unless they can shrink it down to a flat-panel package, drawing table-like angle adjustments seem a bit cumbersome.

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