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Microsoft Surface. By: Adam Learned Elijah Redding. What is it?. -Microsoft Surface- codename ‘Milan’, is a multi-touch display that allows multiple users to interact with digital content at the same time. Preliminary launch was on April 17 th , 2008

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Microsoft Surface

By:

Adam LearnedElijah Redding

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What is it?

-Microsoft Surface- codename ‘Milan’, is a multi-touch display that allows multiple users to interact with digital content at the same time. Preliminary launch was on April 17th, 2008

-The Surface is capable of recognizing hand gestures and real-world objects you set on the Surface.

-The Surface has four distinct features that set it apart from tablets and other touch-screens

-Direct Interaction: Physically interacting with an application without a mouse or keyboard. Hands-on manipulation of content.

-Multi-Touch Contact: Can respond to more then one touch at the same time.

-Multi-User Experience: More then one person can react with an application at the same time.

-Object Recognition: The Surface can recognize the presence and orientation of a tagged device placed on top of it.

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How Does It Work?

--Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.13GHz

--2GB DDR2 RAM

--250GB SATA Hard Drive

--Custom version of Windows Vista

--10/100 Ethernet

--Wireless 802.11 b/g

--Bluetooth 2.0

-Top surface is made of Acrylic

-Has a 30-inch reflective surface with a DLP projector underneath as the display method.-Doesn’t use an actual touch-screen but rather implements a near-infrared LED aimed at the surface and four cameras that record reflections of this infrared light from objects and fingertips.

-Using these technologies, the Surface can respond to 52 touches at the same time and utilize non-digital objects such as a paintbrush as an input device.

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Availability & Applications

-The current commercial version of the Microsoft Surface runs about $12,500

-A developer version with 5 chairs and SDKs comes in at $15,000

-Microsoft believes that the price should drop enough by 2010 to make consumer versions possible.

-Applications for the Surface will be written in Windows Presentation Foundation(WPF), a subsystem for rendering GUI’s, or Microsoft XNA, a set of game development and management tools.

-Development process will be a lot like Windows Vista’s. However, unique WPF controls had to be created to fit the unique interface of the Surface.

-As of March 2009, Microsoft has succeeded in obtaining 120 partners in 11 different countries to create applications for the Surface

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Surface in the Real World

Microsoft is trying to do things differently with the Surface hoping to get a wide variety of developers creating applications for it. Some of the applications created and used in the real world are:

Patient Consultation Interface for Texas Health - A demo app that shows how the Surface could be used for consulting patients in health care situations. Video

Sheraton Hotel - Sheraton built an app in collaboration with Microsoft that allows guests to explore a variety of media while learning information about Seattle. Video

Barclay’s Premier Account App – Application built for business purposes allowing customers to interact with their account. Video

MSNBC's Electoral Coverage App – Created for NBC News to allow the news anchor to interact with election results, trends, maps, etc… all on air in real time. Video

Churchend Primary School, United Kingdom - Application made for children in the U.K that could help make learning foreign languages and vocabulary more interactive. Video