Friday, July 03, 2015
Search
  
Submit your own News for
inclusion in our Site.
Click here...
Breaking News
U.S. In Running out Of IP Addresses
Uber Suspends UberPOP in France
Casio To Enter The Smartwatch Market
GELID Has A new Low-profile CPU Cooler for Intel LGA115x
Sharp Plans to Release Transparent LCDs
ARCHOS Unveils the ARCHOS 50d Helium
July 29 Won't Be The Day You'll Get Your Windows 10 Upgrade
Windows 7 Remains The Leading Operating System
Active Discussions
How to back up a PS2 DL game
Copy a protected DVD?
roxio issues with xp pro
How to burn a backup copy of The Frozen Throne
Help make DVDInfoPro better with dvdinfomantis!!!
Copied dvd's say blank in computer only
menu making
Optiarc AD-7260S review
 Home > News > PC Parts > Microso...
Last 7 Days News : SU MO TU WE TH FR SA All News

Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Microsoft Announces Coffee-table-shaped Computer


Microsoft unveiled a coffee-table-shaped "surface computer" on Wednesday in a major step towards 's Microsoft's view of a future where the mouse and keyboard are replaced by more natural interaction using voice, pen and touch.

Microsoft Surface, which has a 30-inch display under a hard-plastic tabletop, allows people to touch and move objects on screen for everything from digital finger painting and jigsaw puzzles to ordering off a virtual menu in a restaurant.

The device is actually a high-end Vista PC with an off-the-shelf graphics card, 3GHz Pentium 4 processor and 2GB of memory.

It also recognizes and interacts with devices placed on its surface, so cell phone users can easily buy ringtones or change payment plans by placing their handsets on in-store displays, or a group of people gathered round the table can check out the photos on a digital camera placed on top.

The world's largest software maker said it will manufacture the machine itself and sell it initially to corporate customers, deploying the first units in November in Sheraton hotels, Harrah's casinos, T-Mobile stores, and restaurants.



The company is selling the Surface for between $5,000 and $10,000 each, but aims to bring prices down to consumer levels in three to five years and introduce various shapes and forms.

"We see this as a multibillion dollar category, and we envision a time when surface computing technologies will be pervasive, from tabletops and counters to the hallway mirror," Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said in a statement.

Steve Ballmer officially introduced it at the Wall Street Journal's "D: All Things Digital" conference on Wednesday.

Microsoft took control of the surface computer's hardware production using an undisclosed contract manufacturer. It will run the Windows Vista operating system.

For years Gates has championed touch-screen technology such as the tablet PC with little success, but the Surface is a totally different shape and allows for multiple users at once.

In a demonstration, Microsoft placed a digital camera with a wireless chip on the tabletop. The Surface recognized the camera and sent its pictures to the display, allowing people around the table to sift through them, grabbing and turning pictures or making them bigger or smaller by spreading or narrowing their fingers.

Microsoft showed in another demonstration how Deutsche Telekom cell phone operator T-Mobile USA, one of its launch partners, could deploy the computer in its stores.

A customer can grab a phone off the shelf, place it on the tabletop where it will recognize the device and pop up the handset's specifications and information to the screen. For a side-by-side comparison with another phone, the customer can put down a second handset next to the first phone.

Microsoft said at launch it will deploy a virtual concierge for Harrah's Entertainment Inc.'s casinos in Las Vegas and place the surface computers in the lobbies of Starwood Hotel & Resorts Worldwide Inc.'s Sheraton hotels.

It also signed a distribution and development agreement with slot-machine maker International Game Technology .


Previous
Next
Google Adds Street-level Views to U.S. Maps        All News        Taiyo Yuden Releases 'Triple Guard' DVD-R Media
Fujitsu Introduces its First 2.5" HDDs Running at 15,000 rpm     PC Parts News      Sony Launch VAIO TZ-Series

Get RSS feed Easy Print E-Mail this Message

Related News
AOL To take Over Microsoft's Display Ads
Nadella Announces Company Shakeup
Microsoft at E3 2015
Surface Hub Available for Order in 24 markets
Microsoft Showcases new Windows 10 Devices At Computex 2015
Toshiba Partners with Microsoft to Deliver New Internet of Things Solutions
Research Project Can Interpret, Caption Photos
Microsoft Cortana Coming To Apple and Android Phones
Microsoft, Salesforce Talks Stall On Pricing: report
Microsoft Project Reveals Method For Keeping Cloud Data Private
Microsoft May Bid For Salesforce
EU court Says Sky Sounds Like Skype

Most Popular News
 
Home | News | All News | Reviews | Articles | Guides | Download | Expert Area | Forum | Site Info
Site best viewed at 1024x768+ - CDRINFO.COM 1998-2015 - All rights reserved -
Privacy policy - Contact Us .