What is Microsoft Surface?<br /><ul><li> Computing platform with a table top that responds to natural hand gestures and real world objects.
Multiple users may interact with Surface at once for up to 52 touches at a time.</li></li></ul><li>Screen: A diffuser turns the Surface's acrylic tabletop into a large horizontal "multitouch" screen. The Surface can recognize objects by their shapes or by reading coded "domino" tags.<br />Infrared: Surface's "machine vision" operates in the near-infrared spectrum, using an LED light source aimed at the screen. When objects touch the tabletop, the light reflects back and is picked up by multiple infrared cameras with a net resolution of 1280 x 960.<br />How It Works…<br />CPU: Surface uses many of the same components found in everyday desktop computers using wireless communications through WiFi and Bluetooth antennas. The underlying operating system is a modified version of Microsoft Vista.<br />Projector: Microsoft's Surface uses the same DLP light engine found in many rear-projection HDTVs.<br />
Surface’s Interface<br />Four Main Components:<br /><ul><li> Direct Interaction
Object Recognition</li></li></ul><li>Direct Interaction<br /><ul><li>Reaching out and touching the interface of an application in order to interact with it.
No need for a keyboard or mouse.</li></li></ul><li>Multi-Touch Contact<br /><ul><li>Ability to have multiple contact points with the interface, unlike a mouse, where there is only one cursor.</li></li></ul><li>Multi-User Experience<br /><ul><li> Several users can adjust themselves to different sides of the surface to interact with an application at the same time.</li></li></ul><li>Object Recognition<br /><ul><li>The device’s ability to recognize the presence and orientation of tagged objects placed on top of it.</li></li></ul><li>Where Surface Is Available To Us<br /><ul><li> AT&T became the first retail location to launch Surface on April 17, 2008
In June 2008 Harrah’s Entertainment launched Surface at their Rio iBar
Disneyland launched it in their Tomorrowland, Innoventions Dream Home
Sheraton Hotels introduced Surface into the hotel lobbies of 5 it’s locations.
Currently only available for commercial use.</li></li></ul><li>Other Places We’ve Seen Surface…<br /><ul><li> A similar concept was used in the 2002 science fiction movie Minority Report
The crime drama CSI: Miami’s crime lab currently uses it for investigation purposes.
MSNBC used surface to help with coverage of the 2008 US Presidential Election</li></li></ul><li>References<br />http://www.knowledgebase-script.com/demo/article-420.html<br />http://www.answers.com/microsoft%20surface<br />
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