Microsoft Surface

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Microsoft Surface represents a fundamental change in the way we interact with digital content. With Surface, we can actually grab data with our hands, and move information between objects with natural gestures and touch. All without using a mouse or a keyboard.”Surface takes existing technology and presents it in a new way. It isn\'t simply a touch screen, but more of a touch-grab-move-slide-resize-and-place-objects-on-top-of-screen, and this opens up new possibilities that weren\'t there before.

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Microsoft Surface

  1. 1. Presented by: Pooja Shah (IT-5 th sem) SSEC,bvn
  2. 2. What is Microsoft Surface? <ul><li>Project began in 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>Introduced in 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>A surface computing platform from Microsoft. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Microsoft Surface represents a fundamental change in the way we interact with digital content. With Surface, we can actually grab data with our hands, and move information between objects with natural gestures and touch. All without using a mouse or a keyboard.” </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is surface computing? <ul><li>A form of computing that offers </li></ul><ul><li>“ a natural way of interacting with information” rather than the “traditional user interface.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Direct Interaction” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Multi–Touch” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Multi–User” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Object Recognition” </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Wireless! </li></ul><ul><li>Digital interactive painting </li></ul><ul><li>At a phone store? </li></ul><ul><li>At a restaurant? </li></ul><ul><li>Play games and use the Internet. </li></ul><ul><li>Jukebox! Browse music, make play lists. </li></ul><ul><li>Maps </li></ul>How is the Surface used?
  5. 5. How does it work? <ul><li>The Surface uses multiple infrared cameras beneath the screen/table top to sense objects, physical touch, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>The Surface “recognizes objects based on shape or by using domino-style identification (domino tags) on the bottom of the objects.” </li></ul><ul><li>This information is processed and displayed using “rear projection”. </li></ul>(1) Screen: Diffuser -> ”multi touch&quot; screen. Can process multiple inputs and recognize objects by their shapes or coded &quot;domino&quot; tags. (2) Infrared: The ”machine vision&quot; 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 .OS-> modified version of Microsoft Vista. (4) Projector: Uses a DLP light engine ( rear-projection HDTVs).
  6. 6. Specifications Display Type: 30-inch XGA DLP® projector. Graphics card with 256 MB of memory. Input Camera-based vision system with LED infrared direct illumination. Bluetooth® keyboard and mouse.
  7. 7. Specifications COMPUTING SYSYTEM 2.13-GHz Intel® Core2 Duo processor. Memory: 2 GB dual-channel DDR2. Advanced version of Windows vista. AUDIO Output type: Stereo flat panel built-in speakers Output compliant standards: Stereo I/O CONNECTIONS 2 headphone jacks 6 USB 2.0 ports Ethernet port (Gigabit Ethernet card [10/100/1000]) External monitor port On/Standby power button
  8. 8. Pros <ul><li>Intuitive User interaction with natural gesture. </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative computing experience. </li></ul><ul><li>Object Recognition. </li></ul><ul><li>Mediator between devices. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Cons Surface is not portable and very expensive. Privacy and security issues - Open for many to view. Screen Visibility - Glare, finger prints/dirt and human interaction obscuring interface. Objects needs to be tagged (domino tags or RFIDs).
  10. 10. Who’s using the Surface today? <ul><li>Currently only commercially available and used in the retail, hospitality, automotive, banking and healthcare industries. </li></ul><ul><li>Current customers are AT&T, T-Mobile, the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Sheraton Hotels, Disney Innovations House in California. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Microsoft Surface’s Future… <ul><li>Surface will continue to be sold to and used by restaurants, retail, leisure and public entertainment venues. </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft wants to expand to the consumer market by making a product people can use in their home environment (using other surfaces like desks or making a version that hangs on the wall). </li></ul><ul><li>Computer scientists hope to incorporate this kind of technology in peoples’ daily lives… Future goals are to surround people with intelligent surfaces (look up recipes on your kitchen counter or table, control TV with coffee table, etc. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Conclusion <ul><li>Microsoft Surface is the future of computers. </li></ul><ul><li>Fundamentally changes the way we interact with technology Surface takes existing technology and presents it in a new way. </li></ul><ul><li>It isn't simply a touch screen, but more of a touch-grab-move-slide-resize-and-place-objects-on-top-of-screen, and this opens up new possibilities that weren't there before. </li></ul>

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