Microsoft Shows Über-cool Mobile Touch-Surface

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
    Yeah, didn't Apple patent fingers?
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  • mikeadelic
    Will Apple file a patent infringement lawsuit since it requires multiple fingers?
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  • micr0be
    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
    It's cool but still doesn't look too practical.
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  • blackjellognomes
    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
    What did that guy say?
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