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Microsoft Researcher: Microsoft Surface Will Be in Cost Effective, in Homes in Three Years

Microsoft's Surface has been teasing us for way too long. Every time we see the massive, touchscreen tabletop used in an innovative way, we want to know when we can expect the technology to hit the mainstream so we can have one for ourselves. According to Microsoft researcher Bill Buxton, we have three more years to wait.

In an interview with Canada's Globe and Mail, Buxton was asked about the 'next big thing' with regards to technology that's already available but not being exploited for the mainstream market. Buxton highlights the Surface, which he has been working on since 1992, and explains that even if the device were affordable for the every day tech fiend (it's really, really not in case you're wondering), the equipment needed for the Surface means it's just not suitable. Buxton goes on to say that the company is working on making the Surface more suitable for home use in terms of equipment.

"Right now it has five cameras in it and a projector and a bunch of other stuff. It’s just a lot. What will happen is that Surface will become no thicker than a sheet of glass," he told the Globe and Mail. "That will more or less be true. It’s not going to have any cameras or projectors because the cameras will be embedded in the device itself."

"The best way to think about it is like a big LCD where there’s a fourth pixel in every triad," he explains. "So there’s red, green, and blue pixels giving you light, and a fourth pixel which is a sensor that will capture stuff; go the other direction."

Buxton says he believes that they'll see this technology in living rooms in about three years with "really cost effective prices" to boot.

Check out the full interview here.

Source: Globe and Mail via Engadget

  • mlopinto2k1
    What's with the bad grammar?
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  • willgart
    the current surface use a camera for the touch screen interaction + projector.
    The camera is also able to scan what you put on the screen, like a barcode under a book, a glass etc... its how the system is able to know the wine in your bottle...
    also this camera can do real scan (scanning a paper)

    why they speak about LCD? this is not compatible with this technology and interactivity.
    with an LCD it will be a standard touchscreen system like we have today in tablet pc.
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  • braneman
    if its cheap and works well enough might just use it for board games/warhammer.
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  • hoofhearted
    Apple will beat them with the iCoffeeTable (next size up from the iPad)
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  • thechief73
    Neat concept, but we have already seen homebrew and expensive novelty variations before. And there are still many concerns for this kind of device; What if you have kids(doesn't need explaining), scratches, spilling things on it, running a power cord across the room. Cool idea with few kinks.

    Ok, who is the tool going around giving everyone thumbs down? Seriously, get over yourself.
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  • chess
    This reminds me of Star Trek lol, can't wait!
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  • sabot00
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ohNzHWL7FI
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  • failboat
    All I need is a $3000 coffee table for my friends to spill beer on.
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  • jimmysmitty
    hoofheartedApple will beat them with the iCoffeeTable (next size up from the iPad)
    Except Microsoft already has it out and ready for businesses. This is just for consumers like you and me.

    And of course Apple will try to beat S to it then claim its 'innovative' when they will just copy the idea and throw OSX something on it.

    More than likely it will be a glorified giant sized iPad.
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  • TheDuke
    jimmysmittyExcept Microsoft already has it out and ready for businesses. This is just for consumers like you and me.And of course Apple will try to beat S to it then claim its 'innovative' when they will just copy the idea and throw OSX something on it.More than likely it will be a glorified giant sized iPad.
    Apple may be late but they'll market it as revolutionary and get all the mainstream credit
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