Microsoft Surface was used last year in the movie "The Island"

Posted by bink on June 13 2007, 5:11 PM. Posted in Surface.

When Microsoft announced the Surface computer weeks ago, anti-Microsoft trolls were quick to frame Microsoft as uninnovative and a copycat. Their arguments included several examples of prior touch computing interfaces including the practical and modest desk shown in the blockbuster movie, “The Island” directed by Michael Bay. Well as it turns out, the interactive desk used by Dr. Merrick was actually a Surface computer, all the way back in 2005.

For those of you who haven’t watched “The Island” (check it out) or forgot this particular scene, it depicts an office environment of the future where a traditional desk, equipment and documents are all replaced by a single interactive desk. In the movie, the desk is shown to be touch-sensitive - responding to both hands and objects like a pen or a ‘control diamond’. The entire table is lit with information and one could open, close documents with the control object.

The Surface computer in “The Island”

Full Story At Source with Michael Nguyen interview who assisted in the production of “The Island”, working on the interior set design, witnessing the Surface first-hand in production and more stills from the movie.