Today, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmerannounced the release of Microsoft’s newest product, the MicrosoftSurface tablet, designed to competewith the iPad. Microsoft Surface is a soon to be released product fromMicrosoft designed as a software and hardware combination technology.
The Surface will allow a user tomanipulate digital content by the useof natural motions, hand gestures, orphysical object. The product provides effortless interaction with digital content through natural gestures, touch and physical objects
However, the Surface is more than just a tablet, it also has many of the features of a computer as well. According to GadgetBox, thefollowing are some of the features of the new Microsoft Surface:
…the Surface won’t just be on the Nvidia ARM processor, like the iPad. There will also be a Surfacethat runs on Intel-based processors, to run a full-blown version of Windows 8 Pro.
The ARM-based Surface tabs will come in 32GB and 64GB configs, andwill ship around the time of Windows availability. They will be priced to compete with other ARM tablets (presumably, in line with iPads.) TheIntel-powered Windows 8 Pro Surface tablets will come 3 months later, in 64GB and 128GB configs, priced to compete with ultrabooks.
Microsoft SurfaceSpecifications : According to www.ProgrammerWorld.net, the following are the Surface’s specifications:
Dimensions : Surface is a 30-inch (76 cm) displayin a table-like form factor, 22 inches (56 cm) high,21 inches (106 cm) deep, and 84 inches (214 cm)wide.Body and Build : The Surface tabletop is acrylic,and its interior frame is powder-coated steel.Installed Memory: 2 GBDisplay Type: Flat panel displayNetwork Support: Ethernet, Fast Ethernet,Bluetooth 2.0, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11gOperating System: Microsoft Windows VistaInput Devices: Touch-screen
How does MicrosoftSurface work? At a high level, Surface uses cameras to sense objects, hand gestures and touch. The intuitiveuser interface works without a traditional mouse or keyboard, allowing people to interact withcontent and information by using their hands and natural movements. This user input is then processed and the result is displayed on the surface using rear projection.
1. Screen:A diffuser turns the Surface’s acrylic tabletop into a large horizontal “multitouch” screen, capable of processing multiple inputs from multiple users. The Surface can also recognize objects by their shapes or by reading coded “domino” tags.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Projector:Microsoft’s Surface uses the same DLP light engine found in many rear- projection HDTVs. 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.