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  • 1. Microsoft Surface
  • 2. What is Microsoft Surface? Microsoft Surface:• A surface computing platform from Microsoft• Tabletop Computer. You wont believe this until you see it.• Its actually real.• No mouse, no keyboards, but you can touch it and guess what . . . it actually feels you.• Dont you know what is it? Its Microsoft Surface!!!
  • 3. Origin of Microsoft Surface• Idea for Surface was initially conceptualized in 2001• Project announced on May 30, 2007 at The Wall Street’s D: All Things Digital conference i.e. D5 conference• Preliminary launched on April 17,2008
  • 4. H/W And S/W Specifications• A 360-degree horizontal user Touch interface• A 30-inch tabletop display• Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.13 GHz• 2GB DDR2 RAM• 256GB SATA Hard Drive• Window Vista Operating System• Interior frame is powder- coated steel• Inbuilt Bluetooth, Infrared,Eithernet
  • 5. Key elements of surface computing A form of computing that offers “a natural way of interacting with information,” rather than traditional user interface:• Direct Interaction: The ability to "grab" digital information with hands - interacting with touch/gesture, not with a mouse or keyboard.• Multi–Touch: The ability to recognize multiple points of contact at the same time, not just one (Ex. one finger, like with most touch screens), but dozens.
  • 6. Key elements of surface computing• Multi–User: The Surface’s screen is horizontal, allowing many people to come together around it and experience a “collaborative , face–to–face computing experience”.• Object Recognition: Physical objects can be placed on the Surface’s screen to “trigger different types of digital responses” (Ex. cell phones, cameras, & glasses of wine).
  • 7. Features of Microsoft Surface• Wireless- Transfer pictures from camera toSurface and cell phone. “Drag and dropvirtual content to physical objects.”• Digital interactive painting• At a phone store• At a restaurant• Play games and use the Internet.• Watch television• Jukebox! Browse music, make play lists.•Billboard for advertising• Maps
  • 8. Power of Microsoft Surface• In a restaurant if a beer mug is placed onthe surface, the menu related to Beerappears on the surface. The user need to justselect the item and the order automaticallyreaches the bartender. That is the power ofMicrosoft Surface.• One can draw four lines with four fingers ona Microsoft Surface.•You may go to a shop to pick up a wristwatch and liked several models. You do notknow how to compare the two models, apartfrom the visual looks. Just place the twomodels on the Microsoft Surface. The powerof Microsoft Surface brings out thecomparison of the two models- feature byfeature.
  • 9. Working of Microsoft Surface• The Surface is not a touch-sensitive screen device…• The Surface uses multiple infraredcameras beneath the screen tosense objects, physical touch, etc.• This information is processed anddisplayed using “Rear Projection”.•No mouse or keyboard used.(1) Screen Diffuser : ”Multitouch" screen. Can process multipleinputs and recognize objects bytheir shapes or coded "domino"tags.
  • 10. Working of Microsoft Surface contd..(2) Infrared: The ”Machine Vision" is aimed at the screen. Once an object touches the tabletop ; the light reflects back and is picked up by infrared cameras.(3) CPU: Uses similar components as current desktop computers, Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM and a 256MB graphics card. Wireless communication,WiFi and Bluetooth antennas Operating system, modified version of Microsoft Vista.(4) Projector: Uses a DLP light engine (rear-projection HDTVs).
  • 11. Who’ s using the Surface today?• Currently only commercially available and beingused in the retail, hospitality, automotive, bankingand healthcare industries.• Current customers are AT&T, T-Mobile, the Rio AllSuite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Sheraton Hotels,Disney Innovations House in California, Hotel 1000 inSeattle, Harrah’s Entertainment, and StarwoodHotels and Resorts Worldwide.
  • 12. Microsoft Surface’ s Future…• Surface will continue to be sold toand used by restaurants, retail,leisure and public entertainmentvenues.• As of March 2009, Microsoft had120 partners in 11 countries that aredeveloping applications for Surfacesinterface.•Another business that plans to usethe Microsoft Surface computers isIGT, the gaming technologycompany.
  • 13. Microsoft Surface Benefits•Large surface area to view differentwindows and applications•Multi-user•Data manipulation – selecting•Moving,rotating,resizing is quick andeasier•Multitouch (max. 52 points of touch)
  • 14. Microsoft Surface Problems• $$$$$$$ Surface machines costbetween $5,000 and $10,000.•Not portable•Poor accuracy as fat fingers arenot as accurate as mouse orstylus•Objects need to be tagged(domino tags)
  • 15. Conclusion•Microsoft surface is the future of computers•Fundamentally changes the way we interactswith technology•Surface takes existing technology andpresents it in a new way•Its not just a touch screen but more of atouch -grab-move-slide-resize-and-place-objects-on-top-of-the-screen• So it opens up new possibilities that weren’tthere before