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Microsoft Shows Über-cool Mobile Touch-Surface

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 27 comments

Microsoft today demonstrated the company's Mobile Surface technology at its annual TechFest.

Redmond's Surface Tabletop PC has garnered a lot of attention. While everyone agrees that it's awesome, no one can really figure out a practical and economical use for the device. However, a mobile version of the same software is another story.

TechFlash has a pretty nifty video of the technology in action. The set-up shows a camera, a projector and a cell phone. A projection of the cell phone display is made on a tabletop, and the user interacts with this projection image. The coolest part of it all is that you don't need to touch the image on the table to control things. The demo below shows volume being controlled with mid-air gestures.

Check out the video below.

Microsoft's Mobile Surface

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    commandersozo , March 3, 2010 1:08 AM
    Yeah, didn't Apple patent fingers?
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    mikeadelic , March 3, 2010 12:55 AM
    Will Apple file a patent infringement lawsuit since it requires multiple fingers?
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    micr0be , March 3, 2010 3:55 AM
    mikeadelicWill Apple file a patent infringement lawsuit since it requires multiple fingers?


    I only need 1 finger to express my feelings towards apple
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    mrddr6 , March 2, 2010 10:53 PM
    It's cool but still doesn't look too practical.
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    blackjellognomes , March 2, 2010 11:36 PM
    mrddr6It's cool but still doesn't look too practical.

    The point isn't practicality, it's the advancement of technology. And IMO, gesture-based interfaces are practical; for example, a common problem we see in modern keyboards that we take for granted is the dirt/germ build-up. (They're claimed to have 60 times the amount of bacteria as a toilet seat?) This wouldn't be a problem with gesture-based keyboard.
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    mlopinto2k1 , March 2, 2010 11:44 PM
    What did that guy say?
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    mikeadelic , March 3, 2010 12:55 AM
    Will Apple file a patent infringement lawsuit since it requires multiple fingers?
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    commandersozo , March 3, 2010 1:08 AM
    Yeah, didn't Apple patent fingers?
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    gekko668 , March 3, 2010 1:58 AM
    whether its practical or not its still cool.
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    ADM-86 , March 3, 2010 2:14 AM
    blackjellognomesThe point isn't practicality, it's the advancement of technology. And IMO, gesture-based interfaces are practical; for example, a common problem we see in modern keyboards that we take for granted is the dirt/germ build-up. (They're claimed to have 60 times the amount of bacteria as a toilet seat?) This wouldn't be a problem with gesture-based keyboard.


    when was the last time you got sick because of keyboard "Bacteria"? anyway I get your point I just don't agree or share your example.
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    Gin Fushicho , March 3, 2010 2:46 AM
    blackjellognomesThe point isn't practicality, it's the advancement of technology. And IMO, gesture-based interfaces are practical; for example, a common problem we see in modern keyboards that we take for granted is the dirt/germ build-up. (They're claimed to have 60 times the amount of bacteria as a toilet seat?) This wouldn't be a problem with gesture-based keyboard.


    I have a feeling it'd get just as filthy with a bunch of peoples hands all over the thing.
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    micr0be , March 3, 2010 3:55 AM
    mikeadelicWill Apple file a patent infringement lawsuit since it requires multiple fingers?


    I only need 1 finger to express my feelings towards apple
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    foody , March 3, 2010 4:00 AM
    ADM-86when was the last time you got sick because of keyboard "Bacteria"? anyway


    When was the last time you knew exactly what caused you to get sick?
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    victomofreality , March 3, 2010 4:16 AM
    ADM-86when was the last time you got sick because of keyboard "Bacteria"? anyway I get your point I just don't agree or share your example.


    You've obviously never worked in a call center where you have to swap desks with people.
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    coolrunnings82 , March 3, 2010 5:11 AM
    you have to work at Convergys too?
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    vloomz , March 3, 2010 5:15 AM
    can you use it on porn?
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    doomtomb , March 3, 2010 5:20 AM
    I'm not that impressed. Nothing that really WOWs me. I've expected us to have these type of capabilities for years now.
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    blackjellognomes , March 3, 2010 5:34 AM
    Gin FushichoI have a feeling it'd get just as filthy with a bunch of peoples hands all over the thing.

    Um, what would?
    Jane McEntegartThe coolest part of it all is that you don't need to touch the image on the table to control things. The demo below shows volume being controlled with mid-air gestures.
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    Lewis57 , March 3, 2010 8:35 AM
    And I still haven't even got a touch screen mobile, or MP3/4 yet :) .
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    Anonymous , March 3, 2010 11:08 AM
    Why does the person filming keep focusing on the projector instead of the action below? It's like when you point to something with a cat, and it looks at your finger.
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    zorky9 , March 3, 2010 2:51 PM
    Although
    doomtombI'm not that impressed. Nothing that really WOWs me. I've expected us to have these type of capabilities for years now.

    Yeah, but the fact is it's just never been implemented on a wide scale. Imagine the benefits this technology will have on handicapped people.
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    drksilenc , March 3, 2010 4:14 PM
    hey i got an idea instead of fingers we can use sausages... crafty koreans
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    cichy69 , March 3, 2010 5:06 PM
    project natal at work?
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