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Intelligent Machines

Tabletop Multitouch Display

  • December 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

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