Beneath the Surface

I got to hand it to Microsoft. There are some cool applications for their latest hardware endeavor, “Surface”. It is a table top, touch screen computer system. While the idea didn’t originate with Microsoft, they have certainly shown its place in a business environment. Jefferson Han has been demonstrating his technologies for years, but most of the technology seems to be proof of concept. I don’t know where I can get a Han powered machine.

Microsoft Surface

In the screenshot above, credit cards are placed on the table at a restaurant, and the check is split by dragging your items to your credit card.

With Microsoft actually shipping a hardware model in Winter of this year, I think this can really get people thinking about the future of computers. The paradigm of what an operating system is can finally make the jump from Hollywood to reality.

2 Comments

  1. Kelner says:

    whoa that is really badass. I would love to sit down in a restaurant one day and not have to wait on the server to bring the check. Just pay and go. Not only that but it looks very cool 8)

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  2. Ben Simpson says:

    It could also detect if your chicken has salmonella and warn you by blue screening!

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