Microsoft Surface is a member of what Microsoft calls the "Surface Computing Platform". It is Microsoft's first commercially available product in this category. Surface is a 30" touchscreen tabletop that can be used for a multitude of purposes, such as photo organizing, syncing with other electronics, drawing, virtual concierge applications such as direction and restaurant finders, and games.
The touchscreen interface of the Microsoft surface works in various ways:
- Direct Interaction - Users "grab" things and move them around. This is basically clicking using one finger.
- Multi Touch - Allows more than one finger to use the surface at once, by recognizing more than one touch at a time, unlike most other touch screens. This allows for addtional functions, for example, dragging the corners of a picture to enlarge or shrink it.
- Multi User - More than one person can use Microsoft surface at once, because of the large tabletop and the Multi Touch interface.
- Object Recognition - When objects can be placed on the surface to trigger certain functions, such as graphics, and transfer of digital content using Bluetooth, and possibly RFID.
Microsoft Surface runs Windows Vista, has a 10/100 ethernet port, and built in Wireless b/g, and Bluetooth 2.0. It is 22 inches high, 21 inches deep, and 42 inches wide. By the end of 2007, people will be able to use the Microsoft Surface in hotels, restaurants, and other public areas. Microsoft Surface is expected to cost $10,000.