Microsoft Launches ‘Surface’

Microsoft will unveil a coffee-table-shaped “surface computer” on Wednesday in a major step towards co-founder Bill Gates’s view of a future where the mouse and keyboard are replaced by more natural interaction using voice, pen and touch.

A Surface computer is able to recognize physical objects from a paintbrush to a cell phone and allows hands-on, direct control of content such as photos, music and maps. Surface turns an ordinary tabletop into a dynamic surface that provides interaction with all forms of digital content through natural gestures, touch and physical objects. >>Full Story

Thoughts// While the initial launch of Microsoft Surface will be aimed at hotels, retail establishments, restaurants and public entertainment venues, the possibilities of such a technology in a Visitor Information Center setting could be very intriguing.

Imagine if visitors could sit around this table and download information, maps or photos directly to their phone. Or allow visitors to be able to pull up and manipulate various maps with just the touch of a finger. With a reported starting price of $5,000-$10,000, this type of technology may not be that far away.

Make sure you watch the video…it is pretty amazing stuff.

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