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Microsoft Surface

  1. 1. THE FUTURE
  2. 2. <ul><li>A short video about the future of computing </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>The technology is as old as 25 years </li></ul><ul><li>Started in 1982 at the University of Toronto and Bell Labs (multi-touch tablets & screens) </li></ul><ul><li>Conceptualized by Microsoft in 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>Idea presented to Bill Gates in 2003 and 85 prototypes made between 03 and 05 </li></ul><ul><li>Similar concept to the computers used in 2002 film Minority Report </li></ul><ul><li>Unveiled on May 30, 2007 at The Wall Street Journal’s “All Things Digital” Conference. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Microsoft Surface is already being used by AT&T, Harrah’s Entertainment as well as by Disney and select Sheraton Hotels. </li></ul><ul><li>Also found at the iBar at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. </li></ul><ul><li>Surface is a 30-inch display in a table-like form factor, 22 inches (56 cm) high, 21 inches deep, and 42 inches wide. The Surface tabletop is acrylic, and its interior frame is powder-coated steel. </li></ul><ul><li>At Microsoft's MSDN Conference, Bill Gates told developers of &quot;Maximum&quot; setup the Microsoft Surface was going to have: </li></ul><ul><li>Intel Core Quad Xeon </li></ul><ul><li>4GB RAM </li></ul><ul><li>1TB 7200RPM Hard Drive </li></ul><ul><li>It has a custom motherboard form factor about the size of two ATX motherboards. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Direct Interaction : Users can actually &quot;grab&quot; digital information with their hands - interacting with content by touch and gesture, without the use of a mouse or keyboard. </li></ul><ul><li>Multi–Touch : Surface computing recognizes many points of contact simultaneously, not just from one finger like with a typical touch–screen, but up to dozens of items at once. </li></ul><ul><li>Multi–User : The horizontal form factor makes it easy for several people to gather around Microsoft Surface together, providing a collaborative, face–to–face computing experience. </li></ul><ul><li>Object Recognition : Users can place physical objects on the display to trigger different types of digital responses; in the future, this will include the ability to transfer digital content. </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>Microsoft Surface uses a rear projection system which displays an image onto the underside of a thin diffuser. </li></ul><ul><li>Objects such as fingers are visible through the diffuser by series of infrared–sensitive cameras, positioned underneath the display. </li></ul><ul><li>An image processing system processes the camera images to detect fingers, custom tags and other objects such as paint brushes when touching the display. </li></ul><ul><li>The objects recognized with this system are reported to applications running in the computer so that they can react to object shapes, 2D tags, movement and touch. </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Screen – • There is a diffuser which turns the Surface’s acrylic tabletop into a large horizontal “multitouch” screen, which is capable of processing multiple inputs from multiple users. The Surface is so far advanced than we could imagine that it can recognize objects by their shapes or by reading coded “domino” tags when placed on the table. </li></ul><ul><li>Infrared – • Surface’s “machine vision” operates in the near-infrared spectrum, using an 850-nanometer-wavelength 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. </li></ul><ul><li>CPU – • Surface uses many of the same components found in everyday desktop computers — a Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM and a 256MB graphics card. Wireless communication with devices on the surface is handled using WiFi and Bluetooth antennas (future versions may incorporate RFID or Near Field Communications). The underlying operating system is a modified version of Microsoft Vista. </li></ul><ul><li>Projector - • Microsoft’s Surface uses the same DLP light engine found in many rear-projection HDTV’s. The footprint of the visible light screen, at 1024 x 768 pixels, is actually smaller than the invisible overlapping infrared projection to allow for better recognition at the edges of the screen. </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>Simple Coffee Table </li></ul><ul><li>The surface can be used to plan road trips with navigation and implementing cell phones </li></ul><ul><li>Order food and drinks with the touch of a screen at restaurants and bars </li></ul><ul><li>Arrange and organize photos by touch </li></ul><ul><li>Video phone calls, Web Cam etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Navigate the Web with ease </li></ul><ul><li>Interaction with multiple people simultaneously on the same surface </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Microsoft Surface turns an ordinary tabletop into a vibrant, interactive surface. </li></ul><ul><li>The product provides effortless access to digital content through natural gestures, touch and physical objects. </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Surface is the future of computers </li></ul><ul><li>Eventually every household may have one in place of their everyday coffee table </li></ul><ul><li>Revolutionizes the way we think about computers </li></ul>