Microsoft’s latest UI triumph explodes across the technosphere
this is a first significant salvo for Microsoft into tactile computing, surface based computing as they call it and it looks very very impressive. the product team must get bored of the Minority Report comparisons but that’s the most mainstream representation of the type of intuitive tactile control Surface offers.
Vids of Jeff Han’s work have been circulating for a while now but this is a real world ish application of the technology so good on you Microsoft
The Product marketing web site is here Channel 10 ( of course) offers the best no nonsense display I’ve seen and it’s made Steve’s James‘ and even Mark’s blog Eileen has resisted so far oh and it’s in a few mainstream places as well.
Multi touch is really really exciting it’s a natural way to sort and control objects things, digital scattering is a replication of the way we all like to organise images and visual influences I can see this in publishing houses really really rapily . the opportunity for collaboration that multitouch offers is immense……… but
not wanting to pour cold water on things I am a little skeptical about the interoperability of devices, the visual tagging ( probably including Microsoft’s technicolor bar codes) seems to me to be OK but bearing in mind the pain of simple WiFi ‘standard’ integration there’s a huge elephant in the room here, and all the demo’s I’ve seen are in gloomy rooms, I suspect to compensate for the projection technology in use.
I think we are a little way off realworld here yet but the future is very very exciting