Microsoft is demonstrating a very exciting touch technology – Surface Computers – that are coming soon to a Las Vegas near you. Check out the demo tape at Channel 10. (hmmm – loading problems?). Wait, here’s a shorter one at Popular Mechanics.
Aside from the potential $25,000? cost to spill your coffee and ruin this computerized table this really is an awesome technology, bringing two great user interface features to the “table” literally and figuratively. The first is touch, which is a nice interface for many forms of navigation and the second is a large screen, which is almost always desirable as a big enhancement of the user experience.
Imagine sitting at your coffee table pulling up email, adjusting the TV, ordering up a pizza for delivery, and researching the influence of the Jacobian Matrix on search engine results. It doesn’t get much better than that.