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  • The New Microsoft Surface

    Posted by sumeethevans on January 6 2011, 9:58 PM. Posted in Surface.

    The new Microsoft Surface was unveiled on Wednesday at CES 2011. We just launched our brand new Microsoft Surface web site. There you’ll learn about the Surface experience and get a look at the Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface. More information will be coming over time, so check back with and the blog to stay up to date with the latest news.

    From a slimmer form factor to new administrator tools, Surface features some exciting changes:

    • Slim device. The new hardware is 4 inches thin.
    • A richer visual experience. With the rich color saturation from a full HD display and a larger screen, Surface offers a compelling, immersive visual experience that draws people in.
    • A vision-based touch experience. With PixelSense™, Microsoft Surface sees and responds to touch and real world objects.
    • Touch-enabled from start to finish. With Windows 7 and Surface 2.0 , there is no need for a keyboard and mouse for setup and configuration.
    • New Quick Controls. Venue staff can adjust basic settings like volume, brightness, and input source.
    • More customization options. An improved configuration utility means you can quickly make changes to background images, configure applications, and modify settings without getting into code.
    • Easier remote administration. Power shell scripts are easy to use and create, so Surface can be deployed in an enterprise setting.
    • Streamlined development for touch. The Microsoft Surface 2.0 platform makes development easier with applications that run on Microsoft Windows 7 touch devices and with enhanced capabilities on the Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface.
  • Launch: Microsoft Surface Toolkit for Windows Touch Beta

    Posted by sumeethevans on April 13 2010, 6:59 PM. Posted in Surface.

    We’ve got some great news for Windows Touch developers. Today we’ve launched a toolkit for Windows Touch that allows developers to use some of the same controls that are used by developers on Microsoft Surface hardware today, but for PCs using Windows Touch.

    Before you can use the toolkit, you must have Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System and Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 or Microsoft Visual C# 2010 Express Edition, as well as Microsoft .NET 4.0 installed on your computer.  The .NET 4.0 Framework and the Surface Toolkit support input devices such as mouse, stylus, and touch. With the Surface Toolkit, you can develop an application that supports various types of input.

    To create great natural user interfaces, a focus on user experience design as well as testing on multi-touch hardware are essential.

  • Download: Microsoft Surface Toolkit for Windows Touch Beta
  • Video: Introduction to the toolkit on Channel 9 Toolkit





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  • Video: Microsoft 'Mobile Surface'

    Posted by sumeethevans on March 2 2010, 11:05 PM. Posted in Surface.

    A Microsoft Research project dubbed "Mobile Surface" links a mobile phone to a camera and projector, letting people interact with a screen projected onto a tabletop by moving their hands in the air above it.

    It's named after the company's Surface tabletop computer, and while the portable version doesn't provide nearly the screen resolution of its much larger cousin, Mobile Surface is notable in that it allows for three-dimensional control by sensing not lateral movement but also the distance between the hands and the surface.

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  • Welcome to SurfaceTwitter, a multi-touch Twitter client for the Microsoft Surface!

    Posted by sumeethevans on July 17 2009, 10:40 PM. Posted in Surface.

    Welcome to SurfaceTwitter, a multi-touch Twitter client for the Microsoft Surface!

    I wrote SurfaceTwitter to demonstrate the capabilities of the WPF based project type from the Microsoft Surface SDK 1.0 Service Pack 1. It is tested to run on Microsoft Surface Service Pack 1.

    The capabilities of SurfaceTwitter are:

    • Show the 25 most recent Tweets in a “ScatterView” control, making each Tweet a movable and resizable object on the Surface.
    • Automatically detect the presence of a TwitPic picture linked in a Tweet and display the picture’s thumbnail attached to the tweet it belongs to.
    • Mark Mentions (of the person currently logged in) by coloring the Tweet window blue.
    • Send Tweets using the Surface on-screen keyboard.

    SurfaceTwitter1 SurfaceTwitter2

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  • Microsoft Surface v2 due within a year

    Posted by sumeethevans on March 18 2009, 2:40 AM. Posted in Surface.

    At the South By South West Interactive Festival (SXSWi 2009), Erik Klimczak, Creative Director at Clarity Consulting, which creates interactive applications for Microsoft Surface said that the updated version of Microsoft's surface touch-screen table, featuring high-definition cameras and a higher resolution display could be expected within a year. However this was not confirmed by the Microsoft's User Experience Evangelist for Surface who was present at the same event.Below is a video of Microsoft Secondlight which was demonstrated at the PDC 2008</EMBED itxtvisited="1">

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  • Microsoft Surface Expands Availability to 12 EMEA Markets

    Posted by sumeethevans on March 5 2009, 4:57 AM. Posted in Surface.

    Today at CeBIT, Microsoft announced expanded commercial availability of Microsoft Surface to 12 select markets in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and has broadened its developer partner ecosystem to support those additional markets with local, relevant content. Previously available for purchase by companies in the U.S. and Canada, Microsoft Surface is now also available in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Qatar, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates and the U.K.

    Microsoft Surface, the first commercially available surface computer from Microsoft, is a revolutionary surface computing platform that responds to natural hand gestures and to the placement of real-world objects on the display. With a large, 360-degree, horizontal user interface, Microsoft Surface creates a unique gathering place where multiple users can collaboratively and simultaneously interact with information, content and physical objects, communicating with each other in a way that feels familiar, just like in the real world. In addition, Microsoft Surface enables companies to attract and convert new customers as well as cross-sell products and services, drive customer loyalty, and achieve operating efficiencies.

    “Since our initial launch of Microsoft Surface, we’ve received an overwhelming response from companies worldwide that are looking for innovative ways to engage with their customers and developers who want to create applications that were not possible with other technologies,” said Panos Panay, general manager of Microsoft Surface. “We’re excited to be entering into these new markets with partners that have already begun exploring many possibilities of Microsoft Surface locally.”

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  • Microsoft SecondLight Makes 'Surface' Magic

    Posted by sumeethevans on October 22 2008, 6:44 PM. Posted in Surface.

    Take <!-- start ziffarticle //-->Microsoft Surface<!-- end ziffarticle //-->, sprinkle it with fairy dust, and you might have something close to Microsoft's SecondLight, a new technology in the works from Microsoft Research.

    The experimental SecondLight technology adds a second dimension to Surface, allowing users to slide "magic lenses" over the display to provide a second surface that can be linked to the first. In one example, Microsoft researchers projected a picture of a car on the Surface display. But add separate, portable pieces of glass that can be moved across the display, and presto! the glasses are transformed into "X-ray specs" allowing a wireframe model to be viewed.

    It's all sleight of hand, of course. But if history is any guide, SecondLight will eventually be part of future Surface displays.

    The research is being presented as part of the User Interface Software and Technology conference this week. In addition to SecondLight, Microsoft's <!-- start ziffarticle //-->touchless SideSight "touchscreen" for PDAs<!-- end ziffarticle //--> was presented, as well as "tap" and "caress" movements for cell phones<!-- end ziffarticle //-->, plus a a new way to interact with images.

    How does SecondLight work? As a trick of the light.

    Surface projects images onto a display, and Microsoft hasn't abandoned that with SecondLight; the display still detects and interacts with objects or fingers that touch it.

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  • Surface developer tools coming this month

    Posted by sumeethevans on October 8 2008, 9:14 PM. Posted in Surface.

    The long-awaited software developer kit for the Surface tabletop computer will be made available to those attending Microsoft's Professional Developer Conference at the end of the month.

    Microsoft made that pledge on its PDC Web site, as part of a listing for a session focused on writing Surface applications.

    "Hear about the unique attributes of Microsoft Surface computing, dive into vision-based object recognition and core controls like ScatterView, and learn how the Surface SDK aligns with the multitouch developer roadmap for Windows 7," Microsoft said, in promoting the session. "Attendees will receive access to the Microsoft Surface SDK."

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  • Live from MSNBC…it’s Microsoft Surface

    Posted by sumeethevans on September 9 2008, 8:34 PM. Posted in Surface.

    If you were on the East coast this morning or just up real early on the West coast you might have seen Microsoft Surface in action on TV. But this isn’t just another news story about Surface, this morning a unit was deployed on the MSNBC set for regular use by Chuck Todd, NBC News political director, to assist him in analyzing the upcoming 2008 election and political news beyond.

    Today we saw two applications in action, the Electoral Map and Battleground States, but over the coming days/weeks Todd will likely use other unique applications and features to further highlight the candidates, the issues, polls and relevant political news.

    I thought I’d drill down into each app briefly and give you a sense for what Todd has available at his fingertips…

    And here's a video of one of today's segments...

    Here's another segment shown on Monday. Meanwhile, stay tuned to MSNBC for new apps and more Surface goodness.

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  • Sheraton Hotels &amp; Resorts Transforms the Hotel Lobby Experience With Microsoft Surface

    Posted by sumeethevans on August 13 2008, 9:36 PM. Posted in Surface.

    Sheraton Hotels & Resorts and Microsoft Corp. today introduced an entirely new hotel guest experience with its debut of Microsoft Surface, Microsoft’s first commercially available surface computer. Featuring easy-to-use technology and a natural way of accessing information, Surface units will be placed in the lobbies of select Sheraton hotels in Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Seattle. Microsoft Surface breaks down the traditional barriers between people and technology, providing simple and instant access to information and entertainment. Sheraton will be the first hotel to offer Microsoft Surface, creating a new Sheraton brand experience that will bring interaction, connectivity and a social setting to the lobby, providing guests with an entirely new way to explore local tourist highlights and enhance their hotel stay.

    Microsoft Surface is a 30-inch display in a tablelike form factor that several guests can use simultaneously. The intuitive user interface works without a traditional mouse or keyboard, allowing people to interact with content and information in a more natural and familiar way, by using their hands and gestures. Sheraton will unveil Surface today at five hotels: Sheraton Boston Hotel, Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, Sheraton Gateway San Francisco Airport Hotel and Sheraton Seattle Hotel.

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  • Touchwall: Microsoft’s Inexpensive Wall-Based Multi-Touch Interface

    Posted by sumeethevans on May 15 2008, 9:49 AM. Posted in Surface.

    Bill Gates will demo a new multi-touch computer and interface today called TouchWall at the Microsoft CEO Summit in Redmond.

    TouchWall refers to the touch screen hardware setup itself; the corresponding software to run TouchWall, which is built on a standard version of Vista, is called Plex.

    TouchWall and Plex are superficially similar to Microsoft Surface, a multi-touch table computer that was introduced in 2007 and which recently became commercially available in select AT&T stores.

    In a demo yesterday, though, Microsoft Office Labs GM Chris Pratley and Director of Envisioning Ian Sands said that the two products are completely different. Surface is a multi-touch and vision system that uses cameras to sense what is on the table, where it is and what it is doing. It can determine, for example, if a cell phone is on the table and then interact with the phone in a variety of ways, such as pulling photos off of it (see video here).

    TouchWall is a fundamentally simpler mechanical system, and is also significantly cheaper to produce. While Surface retails at around $10,000, the hardware to “turn almost anything into a multi-touch interface” for TouchWall is just “hundreds of dollars” says Sands.

    TouchWall consists of three infrared lasers that scan a surface. A camera notes when something breaks through the laser line and feeds that information back to the Plex software. Early prototypes, say Pratley and Sands, were made, simply, on a cardboard screen. A projector was used to show the Plex interface on the cardboard, and a the system worked fine (I’m trying to get Microsoft to release photos of the cardboard prototype, no luck so far).

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  • Sphere Microsoft Surface more than just a rumor

    Posted by sumeethevans on April 22 2008, 9:53 PM. Posted in Surface.

    A month ago, Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley reported that sources were telling her of a Microsoft Surface computer in the shape of a sphere. Long Zheng, another Microsoft Watcher, recently discovered a Microsoft Research video which includes a few things we've never seen before. Long noticed an interesting implementation of Windows desktop search at 1:36:

    What Long missed (and it's not exactly hard to do considering the pace of the video) is the Sphere Microsoft Surface computer being used between 3:57 and 3:59. Commenter "Bas" caught it though, and pointed it out on Long's blog. Here are some blurry screenshots of what he saw:

    It's not really clear what Microsoft wants to achieve with a sphere version of the Microsoft Surface (obviously you can't put objects down and let them interact with the Surface if it's a sphere). However, it is very interesting that there is a working prototype. It's much easier to get all those infrared cameras covering on one plane, but covering 360 degrees in a three dimensional space is a real technological masterpiece.

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