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May 30, 2007 5:05:54 AM

Microsoft Surface! Gasp! I want one! What kind of CPU/circuitry/etc. is this thing running???

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May 30, 2007 5:24:31 AM

It really can't be much longer until the MS Surface interface is projected onto a 3D holograph and then it will be Minority Report. The future is arriving faster than ever. Or as Alfred E. Neumann once said: "We know one thing about the speed of light, it gets here too early in the morning!" :D 
May 30, 2007 6:05:46 AM

Definitely saw linkage to minority report here. I'm not surprised that they're trying to do this. What I AM surprised with is that they are doing it by Winter of this year (2007). Looks pretty neat! Wonder when Google will create a knock off :) 
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May 30, 2007 6:16:39 AM

They have been working on it since 2001.
May 30, 2007 6:42:05 AM

That must be why they used the extra thick acrylic tabletop. :lol: 
May 30, 2007 6:43:44 AM

I've been hearing about this technology for years. I was thinking it was more of a military technology, from the way it was presented at the time. Don't remember seeing any Microsoft logos back then, either. So either this is the result of a split off group as said, or some private firm got their idea cloned, or they got bought out.
May 30, 2007 7:44:56 AM

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Microsoft Surface! Gasp! I want one! What kind of CPU/circuitry/etc. is this thing running???

Linkage!
I wonder what the interface is? Maybe something like Bluetooth? Awesome how they could drag tunes/pictures to the MP3 player, with it just sitting on the table. 8)
May 30, 2007 7:45:22 AM

Finger prints.... Both on the screen, and in various databases. I can get a new IP, but a new fingerprint? OK, call me paranoid, but do you know what your NSA is doing?
May 30, 2007 12:46:25 PM

Well, this is the first, functioning (or at least seemingly functioning) break from the 40 year old personal computer paradigm I've seen from a major corporation. Even though I've dumped on MS quite a bit, I definitely have to give them props on this one. I haven't been able to find any significant tech details on it, so I dunno if it's Bluetooth or what, but the ability to recognize a compliant wireless device and automatically suit its content to transmission is hot.

As for fingerprints, hell, I've long given up on trying to keep any form of anonymity on the web. Anything that I can do serious time for was way more than 7 years ago so with the statute of limitations it's gonna be tough on the prosecution to prove! :twisted:
May 30, 2007 1:22:19 PM

That new technology is cool but I want the lazier one, the voice control and thought control.
May 30, 2007 2:02:06 PM

IN the MSNBC interview they stated that it is using a "MODIFIED" form of the Vista OS. WOnder where they got the drivers?????
May 30, 2007 3:23:28 PM

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IN the MSNBC interview they stated that it is using a "MODIFIED" form of the Vista OS. WOnder where they got the drivers?????


The Redmond, Washington Taxi Employment Agency?

:lol: 

You're talking about a whole whack of modifications to get Vista to do some of the stuff that's in these videos. I wonder if you try to load an mp3 without a proper license onto your player if the OS electrogalvanically seals your fingers to the Surface and holds you there until the RIAA Police arrive? :wink:
May 30, 2007 3:58:49 PM

YEs, thats the one!!! The same company that will take you for a ride and you "WILL LIKE IT"
May 30, 2007 4:01:07 PM

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IN the MSNBC interview they stated that it is using a "MODIFIED" form of the Vista OS. WOnder where they got the drivers?????


The Redmond, Washington Taxi Employment Agency?

:lol: 

You're talking about a whole whack of modifications to get Vista to do some of the stuff that's in these videos. I wonder if you try to load an mp3 without a proper license onto your player if the OS electrogalvanically seals your fingers to the Surface and holds you there until the RIAA Police arrive? :wink:Agreed...while it looks like awesome tech, stuff of geek dreams...etc.etc. i'm sure there are an incredible list of mountains to climb, issues to deal with WRT to DMCA, and other IP issues... on top of driver issues, and possible security hurdles. Let's hope they don't rush this tech. too fast, without crossing all their i's and dotting all their tee's(which is a lot to ask of them :wink: ). I can see vast hardware requirements, and expenditure to run such a system, but it would be a great showstopper at parties(now you can throw away that old Twister game). :D  :D 
May 30, 2007 5:16:50 PM

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Microsoft Surface! Gasp! I want one! What kind of CPU/circuitry/etc. is this thing running???

Linkage!

I was wondering what kind of girls are running the VIP of Microsoft... 8O
May 30, 2007 5:18:06 PM

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Agreed...while it looks like awesome tech, stuff of geek dreams...etc.etc. i'm sure there are an incredible list of mountains to climb, issues to deal with WRT to DMCA, and other IP issues... on top of driver issues, and possible security hurdles. Let's hope they don't rush this tech. too fast, without crossing all their i's and dotting all their tee's(which is a lot to ask of them :wink: ). I can see vast hardware requirements, and expenditure to run such a system, but it would be a great showstopper at parties(now you can throw away that old Twister game). :D  :D 


Yes, the possibilities for... pr0n... are unparalleled! :twisted:

(And you know that's mostly what it's gonna be used for!!!) :lol: 

If they strangle Surface with Vista-level "premium content limitations" then they'll be shooting themselves in the foot. However, it is MS, so it really wouldn't surprise me!
May 30, 2007 5:21:21 PM

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YEs, thats the one!!! The same company that will take you for a ride and you "WILL LIKE IT"


As long as they don't bear any resemblance to that hapless moron's minifilm "Wack Alley Cab" from On The Lot last night... :lol: 

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I was wondering what kind of girls are running the VIP of Microsoft... 8O


When you have their billions, you have any kind of girl you want running your Very Important P***s. :twisted:
May 30, 2007 5:57:04 PM

Here's Bill Gates showing off "Surface" on the Today Show:

$10K anyone?

:D  :D 
May 30, 2007 6:23:13 PM

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Here's Bill Gates showing off "Surface" on the Today Show:

$10K anyone?

:D  :D 


How did Bill get through an entire demo without a BSOD? Or did they just edit them out? :wink:

Actually for the intended purchaser who is either the Toy-At-Any-Cost crowd or the commercial market (imagine sitting down at a fine restaurant and ordering off one of these!), I don't find the price too outrageous.
May 30, 2007 7:03:23 PM

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Here's Bill Gates showing off "Surface" on the Today Show:

$10K anyone?

:D  :D 


How did Bill get through an entire demo without a BSOD? Or did they just edit them out? :wink:

Actually for the intended purchaser who is either the Toy-At-Any-Cost crowd or the commercial market (imagine sitting down at a fine restaurant and ordering off one of these!), I don't find the price too outrageous.Now known as BTOD....blue table of death. :?
May 30, 2007 8:16:34 PM

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Microsoft Surface! Gasp! I want one! What kind of CPU/circuitry/etc. is this thing running???

Linkage!
I wonder what the interface is? Maybe something like Bluetooth? Awesome how they could drag tunes/pictures to the MP3 player, with it just sitting on the table. 8)

perhaps with this?
looks kinda creepy... 8O
http://www.redtacton.com/en/
May 30, 2007 9:31:26 PM

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Now known as BTOD....blue table of death. :?


Definitely an :trophy: winner, Tanker!!! Good one!!!

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perhaps with this?
looks kinda creepy... 8O
http://www.redtacton.com/en/


Lemme get this straight. You touch the transceiver and the electricity goes through your body to your whatever device? And it's not used for sex? What's wrong with these people? If I'm gonna put electricity through some body it's gotta be for a Big O!!!
May 30, 2007 9:56:22 PM

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You know, this is kinda cool..... reminds me of Minority Report. :)  ... interestingly, Spielberg commissioned a think-tank group to postulate what the future may hold.... looks like they are getting pretty close in some concepts.

All we need are some harless kids hooked up to a machine and viola! :wink:
May 30, 2007 10:00:23 PM

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Microsoft Surface! Gasp! I want one! What kind of CPU/circuitry/etc. is this thing running???

Linkage!
I wonder what the interface is? Maybe something like Bluetooth? Awesome how they could drag tunes/pictures to the MP3 player, with it just sitting on the table. 8)

perhaps with this?
looks kinda creepy... 8O
http://www.redtacton.com/en/
That DOES look creepy. Especially since it looks like it was developed by Target or something. ;) 
May 30, 2007 10:17:55 PM

I can imagine something like this in every bar, every hotel and every public place in a near future, people surfing internet and checking their e-mails doing breakfast, all this with a LOT of porn sites opened on a 30" screen! Absolutely fabulous!!! LOL
May 30, 2007 10:21:25 PM

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It really can't be much longer until the MS Surface interface is projected onto a 3D holograph and then it will be Minority Report.

I know I read in Maximum PC several years ago that holographic touch screen technology was already in use by doctors. And it wasn't April 1st.

Yes, Google provides. :) 



Edit for picture.
May 30, 2007 10:41:10 PM

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It really can't be much longer until the MS Surface interface is projected onto a 3D holograph and then it will be Minority Report.

I know I read in Maximum PC several years ago that holographic touch screen technology was already in use by doctors. And it wasn't April 1st.

Yes, Google provides. :) 
Wait a sec... isn't "holographic touch screen" an oxy moron? ;) 
May 30, 2007 10:56:43 PM

:lol: 

It uses infrared, which should solve both issues with personal finger print security and getting locked to the screen.

But it's the transformed air in similar products that gets me. :wink:
May 30, 2007 11:04:41 PM

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:lol: 

It uses infrared, which should solve both issues with personal finger print security and getting locked to the screen.

But it's the transformed air in similar products that gets me. :wink:

Sounds like marketing BS. It sort of reminds me of a studio patch cable I just bought (I'm talking pro sound now BTW) that was like "with patented time-correction winding!" (all I can think of is that they were talking about it being twisted-pair wiring or something like that?)

But, if it's not marketing BS I'd be interested to see how it all works and what the difference really is.
May 30, 2007 11:41:07 PM

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Sounds like marketing BS.

Transformed air? I'd agree with that. The rest seems fairly sound though.

I just find it a tad odd that it's being tested in Australia, New York, and several other locations and all I've heard of it was a two paragraph side-note in MaxPC many years ago. *shrug*
May 30, 2007 11:44:23 PM

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Microsoft Surface! Gasp! I want one! What kind of CPU/circuitry/etc. is this thing running???

Linkage!
I wonder what the interface is? Maybe something like Bluetooth? Awesome how they could drag tunes/pictures to the MP3 player, with it just sitting on the table. 8)

In the video of Bill on the Today Show, they say it has five cameras to pick up hand motion.

Here are two links to something that is just as sweet. But it appears it only uses a screen and no cameras.

Multi-Touch Interaction Research

Perceptive Pixel
May 31, 2007 1:09:01 AM

I doubt this will catch on. It'd be nice if it did though...

It's all about the price.
May 31, 2007 1:27:24 AM

Looks like it's similar to the funky screen that Sean Bean uses in the movie, "The Island"
May 31, 2007 3:00:07 AM

1. This is simple touchscreen technology with a capacitive NOT resistive touchscreen probably 3M.
2. There is a new technology (well not that new) to be able to use 2 mice at the same time (kinda like when the discovery of the mouse was said by xerox "what do we do with it").
3. Couple the 2 together with a newer interface and Voila!
4. You need easy access to your programs, so it's set to One Touch not (double tap), you can do this now in Windows since Windows 98 second edition (that also started multiple monitors).
5. The new thing is (It Can Lay Flat), so with newer widescreen and larger monitor surface "SURFACE", capabilities from manufacturers and Capacitive meaning (water can't harm or interfere with the surface area of the mouse), it can lay flat like Donkey Kong did/does and it's go time.

I built 10 for DJ and Karaoke and still use all of them and have 3 personals that control my home devices.

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