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If you haven’t checked the new Microsoft webpage for Surface, you’re missing out. Yeah, it looks seriously cool – and curiously like some haptics-style interfaces we’ve seen bits and pieces of before… But riddle me this: Did Microsoft rush to release this incredible new way of […]

surfaceIf you haven’t checked the new Microsoft webpage for Surface, you’re missing out. Yeah, it looks seriously cool – and curiously like some haptics-style interfaces we’ve seen bits and pieces of before…

But riddle me this: Did Microsoft rush to release this incredible new way of interfacing with computer systems now, in order to trump some news we may be hearing from Apple at WWDC in a couple weeks? With the reveal of Leopard looming, it’s certainly a real possibility that we’ll see something similar from our boys in Cupertino.

On the other hand, maybe Apple will limit the touch interfaces to their iPhone and future iPods rather than rolling it out mainstream via Leopard. It’s been said before that using haptics as the main interface to a traditional computer system wouldn’t necessarily be as simple as the mouse and keyboard we’re used to. In that way of thinking, I believe Microsoft may have it right with the target implementations of Surface – that being POS-based systems, concierge, etc. Who knows, perhaps introducing touch interfaces to the masses in that style will foster stronger consumer adoption in the long run.

If you haven’t checked out Surface, watch the 3 explanatory video clips here. I don’t care who you are, this stuff looks super neat!

Via the Longboard

By Nick Santilli

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  1. Patent infringement much?

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  2. Exactly. Where have we seen all that resizing before?

    What about the logo? Seems slightly familiar to me?!

    However, I can’t deny it does look pretty cool.

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  3. Since every website these days seems to requires flash 8 or 9 (WHY?), I can’t even find out what this is about…

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  4. Im just oOoOoO I want so see this stuff become real. no matter if microsoft or apple! Those vids are superb, really!

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  5. I smell a lawsuit…

    A few similar things was previewed with the iPhone, but Microsoft decided to have their way with it (which isn’t necessarly a bad thing)

    We might not see something similar at WWDC, but give it a little time and we may. One can only hope!

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  6. All of this touch screen stuff was taken from Jeff Han from a while back. You can see his video online here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwGAKUForhM

    There was really no innovation from either side on this one, it just came down to who could buy it first.

    And the Surface logo looks like a penis. Seriously, who comes up with Microsoft’s logos? They all suck.

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  7. Identifying that there is a cell phone on top of the “table” is neat, and it’s the only “new” thing that Surface seems to offer tech-wise.

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  8. The surface stuff won’t start “appearing” until winter 2007. Did they rush this to try to steal Leopard’s/iPhone’s thunder? Methinks so. It is interesting that WWDC is almost two weeks away…

    Nice site though. Too bad they can’t write valid markup (doctype anyone?).

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  9. Yup. Rotate the command key symbol 45° and disconnect the loops in a couple places. Voila!

    Those unfamiliar with the command key’s history should read this.

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  10. If you guys explore the site more, you’ll note that the Surface project started in 2001. (Check out the History section.) Multitouch technology is not new as Isaac mentioned. I think what’s coolest about this is the integration with real-world objects.

    When I first saw this I was blown away and _saddened_ that Apple didn’t come up with this first. It’s cool stuff.

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