Microsoft's New Touch Screen Coffee Table
It's not often that you will hear me praise Microsoft but this looks pretty good. Its a coffee table with what looks like a screen sunk into its surface. This surface screen has a number of new technological breakthroughs. Namely:
It seems to be based on the technology that Jeff Han developed. It reminds me of the surface screens used in the film Minority Report. The future is now!
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So where will this go then? How will it be applied in our lives? Well if there is much of a future left for us, I think that we could realistically see this technology taking over the way we interact with computers. Keyboards may become a thing of the past with a "digital" version of one appearing on our literal desktop surfaces. I don't think the use of the mouse will become extinct yet though as to navigate through this technology your arms are going to start hurting after a while.
In terms of the object recognition I think that has obvious benefits. Using a real paint brush (minus the paint) on one of these could mean it responds in the same way as a real canvas.
This will be big in the entertainment sector and will fit in with all the trendy bars etc. Shops and retian are sure to consider it as an eye grabber so it seems to me it has a bright future.
How do you think it will change our lives? What are the advantages of such a break through? Do you think this is the future or just a trend Microsoft has just happened to launch in an attempt to promote their image?
All I can say is that it looks like a very interesting piece of kit that may change every way we re-act with a computer. I can't wait for Apples version ;-)