What makes it unique?
Features of surface computer
Hardware and software specifications
Structure and working
Advantages and Disadvantages
Surface computing is the term for the use of a specialized
computer GUI in which traditional GUI elements are replaced
intuitive, real world objects.
Surface is a hole new category of computer device.
Surface computer is able to recognize physical objects.
2001: Microsoft researchers Steve Bathiche and Andy Wilson
developed idea of interactive table that could understand the
manipulation of physical Objects.
Oct 2001: DJ kurlander, Michal Kim, Joel Dehlin, Bathiche and
Wilson formed a virtual team to bring idea to the next stage of
2005: Tub-proto type was designed.
And they presented the idea to the Microsoft Chairman Bill
Preliminary launch was on April 17, 2008.
The latest version is Microsoft Surface 2.0
Direct interaction means that, we can interact with the
by using our fingers. No other input device is needed to give input
which provides a natural interface effect.
Surface computing recognizes many points of contact
simultaneously, surface has been optimized to respond 52 touches at
The horizontal form factor makes it easy for several people
togather.The around surface computers together, providing a
Users can place physical objects on the surface to trigger
different types of digital responses, including the transfer of
Intel core 2 Duo @ 2.13 GHz
2GB DDR2 RAM
250GB SATA Hard Drive and Custom motherboard form factor
about the size of two ATX motherboards.
System: Windows Vista / Windows 7 , wired Ethernet and
wireless and Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity.
Technologies: Windows Presentation Foundation or XNA
Materials: The Surface tabletop is acrylic, and its interior frame
is powder-coated steel.
Hardware of Surface Computer consists of 4 parts
A diffuser turns the Surface's acrylic tabletop into a large
horizontal “multi-touch” screen, capable of processing
multiple inputs from multiple users.
Surface's "machine vision" operates in the near-infrared
spectrum,using an 850-nanometer-wavelength LED light
source aimed at the screen..
Surface uses many of the same components found in
everyday desktop computers. Wireless communication with
devices on the surface is handled using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
Microsoft's Surface uses the
Processing) light engine found in many rear projection
DTV’s.The cameras can read nearly infinite number of
simultaneous touches and are limited only by processing
Surface uses cameras to sense objects, hand gestures and
touch. This user input is then processed and displayed using
Surface uses this rear projection system which displays an
image on to the underside of the thin diffuser.
Image process system processes the camera images to detect
fingers and other objects such as paint brushes when touching
1. Can handle multiple users at the same time.
2. No wires or USB ports is required.
3. Instant download/upload of photos.
4. Users have more control of technology i.e. ordering food or
manipulating photos fast.
5. Time saving by eliminating more processes.
Not portable and very expensive($12,000-$15,000).
2. Need for dim lighting to avoid washing out the screen.
3. Poor Accuracy- Fat fingers are not as accurate as a mouse or
4. Objects needs to be tagged.
Digital photo handling with finger tips:
Sharing photos is a much more unrestricted activity.
Photos are arranged into albums that look like files.
Tapping the file once spreads it around the screen and from
there user can drag, rotate, and resize the images.
Since Surface can detect many touches at same time,
multiple people can sort and resize pictures.
2) Instantly compares while shopping:
Two cell phones can be placed on the surface and compare the
different price points and features, experiment with ring tones
3) Interaction with digital images:
Digital images are manipulated, shared & send via
technologies like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc.
4) Surface Restaurant:
Orders can be placed on the Surface from a sliding menu.
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 kitchen
counter or table, control TV with coffee table, etc.
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
Microsoft Surface is the future of computers.
Microsoft Surface breaks down the traditional barriers
between people and technology.
Surface takes existing technology to and presents it in a new
way. It is n’t simply a touch screen, but more of a touch-grabmove-slide-resize-and-place-objects-on-top-of-screen, and this
open up new possibilities that weren’t before.