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Microsoft Surface

  2. 2. Contents: Introduction to Microsoft Surface Specifications Features Uses or applications
  3. 3. INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT SURFACE:Microsoft Surface (codename Milan) is a multi-touch product from Microsoftwhich is developed as software and hardware combination technology that allows auser, or multiple users, to manipulate digital content by the use of gesturerecognition. This could involve the motion of hands or physical objects. It wasannounced on May 29, 2007 at D5 conference.Developer(s): MicrosoftInitial release: April 17[1] 2008Stable release: Surface 2.0 / 2011Development status: Commercial applicationsOperating system: Surface: Windows Vista, Surface 2.0: Windows 7Available in: EnglishMicrosoft Surface is a surface computing platform that responds to natural handgestures and real world objects. It has a 360-degree user interface, a 30 in (76 cm)reflective surface with a XGA DLP projector underneath the surface whichprojects an image onto its underside, while five cameras in the machines housingrecord reflections of infrared light from objects and human fingertips on thesurface.A commercial Microsoft Surface unit is $12,500 (unit only), whereas adeveloper Microsoft Surface unit costs $15,000 and includes a developer unit, fiveseats and support.
  4. 4. SPECIFICATIONS:  SURFACE:Surface is a 30-inch (76 cm) display in a table-like form factor, 22 inches (56 cm)high, 21 inches (53 cm) deep, and 42 inches (107 cm) wide. The Surface tabletopis acrylic, and its interior frame is powder-coated steel. The software platform runson a custom version of Windows Vista and has wired Ethernet 10/100, wireless802.11 b/g, and Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity Surface applications are written usingeither Windows Presentation Foundation or Microsoft XNA technologyAt Microsofts MSDN Conference, Bill Gates told developers of "Maximum" setupthe Microsoft Surface was going to have:Intel Core Quad Xeon "Woodcrest" @ 2.66 GHz with a custom motherboard formfactor about the size of two ATX motherboards.4GB DDR2-1066 RAM1TB 7200RPM Hard DriveThe discontinued (as of 6 January 2011) commercially available version had thefollowing specifications:Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.13 GHz2GB DDR2 RAM250GB SATA Hard Drive  SURFACE 2.0Samsungs "SUR4.0 with Microsoft Surface", a third-party production of MicrosoftSurface dubbed as "The Surface 2.0 Experience" has a 40 in (102 cm) 1080p LCDHD screen, 2.9GHz AMD Athlon II X2 processor, and Radeon HD 6700M.Microsoft Surface is now wall-mountable and running off a new more polished,refined, Windows 7 GUI (now including Windows Phone 7 support).For this version Microsoft created a new technology called Pixel Sense. In thistechnology the IR sensors are made part of LCD display, which allows the surfaceof the table to sense, or “see,” what is on top of it without using a camera.
  5. 5. FEATURES:Microsoft notes four main components being important in Surfaces interface:direct interaction, multi-touch contact, a multi-user experience, and objectrecognition.Direct interaction refers to the users ability to simply reach out and touch theinterface of an application in order to interact with it, without the need for a mouseor keyboard. Multi-touch contact refers to the ability to have multiple contactpoints with an interface, unlike with a mouse, where there is only one cursor.Multi-user is a benefit of multi-touch—several people can orient themselves ondifferent sides of the surface to interact with an application simultaneously. Objectrecognition refers to the devices ability to recognize the presence and orientationof tagged objects placed on top of it.The technology allows non-digital objects to be used as input devices. In oneexample, a normal paint brush was used to create a digital painting in the softwareThis is made possible by the fact that, in using cameras for input, the system doesnot rely on restrictive properties required of conventional touch screen or touchpaddevices such as the capacitance, electrical resistance, or temperature of the toolused (see Touch screen).The computers "vision" is created by a near-infrared, 850-nanometer-wavelengthLED light source aimed at the surface. When an object touches the tabletop, thelight is reflected to multiple infrared cameras with a net resolution of 1024 x 768,allowing it to sense, and react to items touching the tabletop.Surface will ship with basic applications, including photos, music, virtualconcierge, and games, that can be customized for the customers.A unique feature that comes preinstalled with Surface is the pond effect "Attract"application. Simply, it is a "picture" of water with leaves and rocks within it (a lotlike a screen saver used in Windows XP or Vista). By touching the screen, userscan create ripples in the water, much like a real stream. Additionally, the pressure
  6. 6. of touch alters the size of the ripple created, and objects placed into the watercreate a barrier that ripples bounce off, just as they would in real life.The surface is capable of object recognition, object/finger orientation recognitionand tracking, and is multi-touch and is multi-user. Users can interact with themachine by touching or dragging their fingertips and objects such as paintbrushesacross the screen, or by placing and moving placed objects. This paradigm ofinteraction with computers is known as a natural user interface (NUI).Surface has been optimized to respond to 52 touches at a time. During ademonstration with a reporter, Mark Bolger, the Surface Computing groupsmarketing director, "dipped" his finger in an on-screen paint palette, then draggedit across the screen to draw a smiley face. Then he used all 10 fingers at once togive the face a full head of hair.Using the specially-designed barcode-style "Surface tags" on objects, MicrosoftSurface can offer a variety of features, for example automatically offeringadditional wine choices tailored to the dinner being eaten based on the type of wineset on the Surface, or in conjunction with a password, offering user authentication.USES:Targeted customers are in the hospitality businesses, such as restaurants, hotels,retail, public entertainment venues and the military for tactical overviews Partnercompanies use the Surface in their hotels, restaurants, and retail stores. The Surfaceis used to choose meals at restaurants, plan vacations and spots to visit from the
  7. 7. hotel room. Starwood Hotels plan to allow users to drop a credit card on the tableto pay for music, books, and other amenities offered at the resort. In AT&T stores,use of the Surface include interactive presentations of plans, coverage, and phonefeatures, in addition to dropping two different phones on the table and having thecustomer be able to view and compare prices, features, and plans. MSNBCscoverage of the 2008 US presidential election used Surface to share with viewersinformation and analysis of the race leading up to the election. The anchoranalyzes polling and election results, views trends and demographic informationand explores county maps to determine voting patterns and predict outcomes, allwith the flick of his finger. In some hotels and casinos, users can do a range ofthings, such as watch videos, view maps, order drinks, play games, and chat andflirt with people between Surface tables. AT&T became the first retailer to useSurface to help their customers purchase phones. Customers could place thephones on the Surface and receive full phone specs, as well as pricing.[7] It hasalso been used in a wide variety of locations which include hotel lobbies, such asSheraton Hotels,[8] as well as venues which included Super Bowl XLIII to helppolice organize and monitor the event in great detail.