Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Microsoft Surface

Take a look at the cool demo's on Microsoft Surface home page.

What it will do:
The Surface is a coffee-table-sized touch computer that can respond to natural hand gestures and real-world objects. It utilizes a vision system with five cameras to sense input. The 30-inch diagonal display allows a number of users to see the screen while surrounding the table, enabling highly collaborative experiences. The users can interact with the content by touch, "grabbing" digital information with their hands. Surface can recognize many points of contact simultaneously, not just one finger as with a typical touch screen .

How it Works:
Hardware: For Input it uses Camera-based vision system with LED infrared direct illumination. 2 GB Ram, 250 GB Hard Disk, Intel 2.13 GHz Core 2 Duo processor.

Software: Microsoft surface applications can be written in Dot net WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation).

When it is arriving:It is already available in the market for purchase. Costing around $12-15 K.

Where is this useful:
It is useful in enhancing the customer experience in industries like Retail, Automotive, HealthCare, Financial Service etc.,

Apart from this you can try implementing this wherever you you require Direct Interaction, Multi touch, Multi User experience, Object Recognition.

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