Microsoft announces Surface computer
Surface turns an ordinary tabletop into a dynamic surface that provides interaction with all forms of digital content through natural gestures, touch and physical objects.
The new product is aimed directly at hotels, retail establishments, restaurants and public entertainment venues and should be commercially available towards the end of the year.
Surface uses the same "multi-touch" concept as the upcoming Apple iPhone -- multiple fingers can be used to create gestures and manipulate digital objects in much the same way as one would manipulate physical objects. It's not hard to see that a large segment of the computing future is going to work this way, and probably the not-too-distant future. It reminds me a lot of the table-top arcade games you used to see in pizza parlors.
I haven't even touched on the way the Surface computer interacts with physical objects like cell phones and digital cameras (those equipped with the right wireless technology, anyway). Watching the nerds from Popular Mechanics drag a photo from a camera to a cell phone as easily as one would from one folder to another on your computer's desktop has a cool factor I never thought I'd see in a Microsoft product.
Just so long as it doesn't run Vista.