Microsoft has recently announced a new technology Microsoft Surface. What is it all about?
What is Microsoft Surface?
It’s a visually compelling powerful technology. Surface is a horizontal display on a table-like form factor that morphs from an ordinary table-top into a new, vibrant way to bring connected entertainment and digital content to users. The cool factor is the way you interact with digital content by using your hands to get what you need. Surface provides effortless interaction with digital content through natural gestures, touch and physical objects. Because Surface is essentially housed in a table, it’s easy for individuals or multiple people to gather around it in a way that feels familiar – making collaboration more powerful and fun.
Surface lets us manipulate a tremendous amount of information with our hands so that the content works with you rather than for you. For example, with Surface’s mapping application, you can manipulate a map and move it, shrink it and access personalized data for local sites, attractions and venues.
Microsoft’s first partners for Surface come from the leisure, entertainment and retail industries. Right now there are half a million high-end restaurants, hotels and retailers in the U.S. alone.
The first companies to roll out Surface will be Harrah’s Entertainment, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, T-Mobile USA. Customers in T-Mobile retail stores might place different cell phones on Surface’s interactive surface where product features, prices and phone plans would appear so they could be easily compared.
Exciting technology. Nice to see such technology in life. You may soon find many of them in retail kiosks in US shopping malls, mobile stores, book stores and Home Depots.
Will the Surface technology make any difference in India?
We have seen Tablet PC being used in the USA, how many are there in India? There could be some display in a retail store in a 5 star hotel in Mumbai or Delhi. Or there could be a display in Bangalore Center or Hyderabad Center shopping malls. But is it going to change life of anyone in India? Not at all.