Intelligent Machines

Tabletop Multitouch Display

Dec 18, 2007

Intelligent Machines

Tabletop Multitouch Display

Dec 18, 2007

The Apple iPhone heralded the age of the multitouch display. Now Microsoft has gotten into the act with the Surface, a table-sized computer with a horizontal 30-inch screen. An infrared emitter inside the Surface bounces light off objects touching the screen, fingertips included; cameras register the objects’ locations. This spring, the Surface will appear in stores and hotels, where it will let people compare products or search for nearby events.

Product: Surface
Cost: $5000 to $10,000, depending on volume and service contract
Source: www.microsoft.com/surface
Companies: Microsoft