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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Microsoft Surface

Microsoft Surface is a forthcoming product from Microsoft which is developed as a software and hardware combination technology that allows a user, or multiple users, to manipulate digital content by the use of natural motions, hand gestures, or physical objects. It was announced on May 30, 2007 and is expected to be released by commercial partners in November 2007. Initial customers will be in the hospitality businesses, such as restaurants, hotels, retail, and public entertainment venues.



Ramy Mahrous said...

Ramy Mahrous said...

Microsoft earlier today announced a new product called "Microsoft Surface". If you haven't checked out the online videos of it yet, I highly recommend watching them here. It is one of those products that looks and feels like it comes from a science fiction movie - but it is actually real.

Popular Mechanics also has a good article (including their own video) of how it works that you can read and watch online here.

One of the really cool things about Microsoft Surface is that the table UI experience is built entirely using WPF and the .NET Framework - which is a great statement about the power of what WPF provides.

FTM said...

erm..didn't check it yet , i will soon ;) thanks for this info .

Magdy Wageeh said...

Here is also a video when Microsoft Surface was still under researching:
Click here

& this research is really the one I am waiting for.. =D
Click here..

Ramy Mahrous said...

:| very fantastic really :| it's the first time to see this video, umm you made me change my dream to apply to MS researchers instead of VS team :D

sh@dy said...


It's not Ms R&D...Jeff Han the man behind Ms Surface (the Asian looking guy) is from NYU's (New York University) Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences

Here's his first presntation about "multi-touch interface design" which Ms Surface is an application of!!


Here's his bio on TED talks

I've seen this presentation long long ago almost the same week I posted this

Magdy Wageeh said...

@Ramy, really Good luck. :D

I knew (or better say heard) about multi-touch technology since long ago also.. :)
However, about Microsoft surface, all I was know about it just the video I putted in my last comment until Microsoft has announced about it.

There are many researches about multi-touch tech have made by many ppl & many media labs; ex. I found a research by MIT - made in 1999 :D.. also Jeff Han and of course Microsoft research.

I just want to say that there are a big different between ideas (researches) & products.

The idea is to get these ideas & researches out of the lab and get it mass-produced; this is what Microsoft has done.
In addition, as Ramy said, Microsoft used .Net Framework to build the applications used by this surface, this is really COOL ;).

Magdy Wageeh said...

Btw, as far as I heard, the cost will be around 7000$.. :-S :-S

You must consider that the system involves a CPU, a projection lamp (which independently has already an approximate cost of 1200-1500$), cameras, and finally the surface. So that, it is understandable this cost...

Ramy Mahrous said...

Did you check the video on MS home page?

MS published it on its website by MS Silverlight too ;)