Objectives• Introduction• What is Surface Computing?• What can we do with surface computing?• How does it works• Hardware/software• Advantages• Limitations• Conclusion
What are the computers we know?• Desktop Computers• Personal computer• Laptops• Notebooks• Mac books• Tablet PC’s• Touch smart PC’s
Let me Introduce you a new type of computerwhich is the sensation in electronics world ofcomputation“SURFACE COMPUTER”
Let me to take you to the world of FUTURE COMPUTINGWELCOME TO FUTURE
Surface Computing• 2001: Microsoft researchers Steve Bathiche and Andy Wilsondeveloped idea of an interactive table• 2003: 1st prototype was presented to Bill Gates for approval• 2007: Interactive tabletop device was built that seamlessly bringsboth the physical and virtual worlds into one• The table is built with wireless devices using Bluetooth and WI-FItechnology (RIFD-Radio Frequency Identification will come later)• Designed to match up with wireless objects placed on the table• Multi-touch screen is used like the technology behind the iPhone (nokeyboard or mouse needed)Note: There were 85 prototypes built before the final coffee table look wasestablished
What is Microsoft Surface?• Project began in 2001• Introduced in 2007• A surface computing platform fromMicrosoft.“Microsoft Surface represents afundamental change in the way weinteract with digital content. WithSurface, we can actually grab datawith our hands, and moveinformation between objects withnatural gestures and touch. Surfacefeatures a 30-inch tabletop displaywhose unique abilities allow forseveral people to workindependently or simultaneously. Allwithout using a mouse or akeyboard.”
What is surface computing?A form of computing that offers “a natural way ofinteracting with information,” rather than the“traditional user interface.”Direct Interaction: The ability to "grab" digitalinformation with hands - interacting withtouch/gesture, not with a mouse or keyboard.Multi–Touch: The ability to recognize multiple pointsof contact at the same time, not just one (Ex. onefinger, like with most touch screens), but dozens.Multi–User: The Surface’s screen is horizontal,allowing many people to come together around itand experience a “collaborative, face–to–facecomputing experience”.Object Recognition: Physical objects can be placedon the Surface’s screen to “trigger different types ofdigital responses” (Ex. cell phones, cameras, & glassesof wine).
Who’s using the Surface today?• Currently only commercially available and being used in theretail, hospitality, automotive, banking and healthcare industries.• Current customers are AT&T, T-Mobile, the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino inLas Vegas, Sheraton Hotels, Disney Innovations House in California, Hotel1000 in Seattle, Harrah’s Entertainment, and Starwood Hotels and ResortsWorldwide.
How does it work?• The Surface is not a touch-sensitive screen device… The screen itself is not electronic.• The Surface uses multiple infrared cameras beneath the screen/table top to sense objects, physicaltouch, etc.• The Surface “recognizes objects based on shape or by using domino-style identification (dominotags) on the bottom of the objects.”• This information is processed and displayed using “rear projection”.(1) Screen: Diffuser -> ”multitouch" screen. Canprocess multiple inputs and recognize objects by theirshapes or coded "domino" tags.(2) Infrared: The ”machine vision" is aimed at thescreen. Once an object touches the tabletop -> thelight reflects back and is picked up by infraredcameras.(3) CPU: Uses similar components as current desktopcomputers -> Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM and a256MB graphics card. Wireless communication -> WiFiand Bluetooth antennas (future -> RFID). Operatingsystem -> modified version of Microsoft Vista.(4) Projector: Uses a DLP light engine ( rear-projectionHDTVs).
Technology• Demonstration of themultitouch screen with the useof an object- paintbrush tosimulate painting a picture• Surface technology using anobject with a tag- wineglassplaced on surface to bring upother information about thisparticular wine
Advantages• Multi users- collaborative effort of usersinteracting• Seamless- no wires or USB ports• Instant download/upload of photos• Users have more control of technology-ordering food or manipulating photos fast• Educational- learn more info about theproducts you are using
Limitations• Not portable- table has to stay put• Must own devices such as a cell phone toupload photos into or share with others• Have to be careful of table surface to notdamage it• Very expensive to own• Tailored to high end clients
ConclusionSURFACE COMPUTER is a perfect computing devicewhich is user-friendly to all kind of user by having basicinformation and very smart and unique features whichnone other computer has and ethically it can be calledas FUTURE COMPUTER
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