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WHAT IS SURFACE COMPUTER: A surface computer is a computer that interacts with the user through the surface of an ordinary object, rather than through a monitor and keyboard
HISTORY OF SURFACE COMPUTER: 2001: Microsoft researchers Steve Bathiche and Andy Wilson developed idea of an interactive table 2003: 1st prototype was presented to Bill Gates for approval 2007: Interactive tabletop device was built that seamlessly brings both the physical and virtual worlds into one.
HISTORY OF SURFACE COMPUTER:There were 85 prototypes built before the final coffee table look was established“Tub” model T1 prototype Surface computerprototype 85 Prototypes today
QUICK FACTS ABOUT MICROSOFTSURFACE COMPUTER TABLE TOP: DESIGN: HOW IT WORKS: INTERFACE: SIZE: TECHNOLOGY:
SURFACE TECHNOLOGY ATTRIBUTES:DIRECT INTERFACE: Interacting with touch instead of a keyboard or mouse
MULTITOUCH: several points of contact at once. Multi touch screen is used like the technology behind the iPhone (no keyboard or mouse needed).
MULTIUSER: many users collaborating at one time
FEATURES OF SURFACE COMPUTER:Feature 1: This new technology will be used first as an entertainment commodity in hotels, restaurants and retail venues
Feature 2: It provides some normal internet facilities like sending and reading the mails.
Feature 3: Demonstration of the multitouch screen with the use of an object- paintbrush to simulate painting a picture
Feature 4: Allows manipulation and direct control of digital content like photos- which can be resized bigger or smaller instantly with the touch of a finger(s)
ADVANTAGES &DISADVANTAGES:POSITIVES: Multi users- collaborative effort of users interacting Seamless- no wires or USB ports Instant download/upload of photos Users have more control of technology- ordering food or manipulating photos fast Educational- learn more info about the products you are using
NEGATIVES: Not portable- table has to stay put. Must own devices such as a cell phone to upload photos into or share with others. Have to be careful of table surface to not damage it. Very expensive to own. Tailored to high end clients.
CONCLUTION:Beyond Surface — Surface Computing Tomorrow Although surface computing is a new experience for consumers, over time Microsoft believes there will be a whole range of surface computing devices and the technology will become pervasive in people’s lives in a variety of environments. As form factors continue to evolve, surface computing will be in any number of environments schools, businesses, homes and in any number of form factors part of the countertop, the wall or the refrigerator