Interactive display: Microsoft introduces Surface at the Cebit
Microsoft announced the project Surface. Microsoft Surface is a computer that reacts on natural hand gestures, touch and the positioning of real objects on the screen.
At the Cebit Microsoft announced Surface at the Cebit. The computer with an integrated display reacts to natural hand gestures, touch and real objects that are positioned on the screen. The system is available in United Arab Emirates and eleven European countries from now on; price is about 5,000 Euros.
In the Microsoft Press Release Panos Panay, General Manager of Microsoft Surface is cited with the words: "Since our initial launch of Microsoft Surface, we've received an overwhelming response from companies worldwide that are looking for innovative ways to engage with their customers and developers who want to create applications that were not possible with other technologies. We're excited to be entering into these new markets with partners that have already begun exploring many possibilities of Microsoft Surface locally.”
The most important features of Microsoft Surface are:
- Input from several users at the same time: Due to the horizontal orientation several users can use programs and exchange information simultaneously.
- Direct interaction: Users can operate the system with their full hands. With hand gestures and touch the information can be used without a mouse or keyboard.
- Multitouch: Surface can deal with several simultaneous inputs at the same time - something normal touch screens can't do.
- Object recognition: Microsoft Surface reacts to certain objects that are placed on the display.
Microsoft will publish more details at surface.com within the next week. PC Games Hardware already got some pictures and we will also have video of Surface in action soon.