Microsoft Surface

Surface turns an ordinary tabletop into a vibrant, interactive surface. The product provides effortless interaction with digital content through natural gestures, touch, and physical objects. In essence, it's a surface that comes to life for exploring, learning, sharing, creating, buying, and much more.

Enhanced Life

Soon to be available in restaurants, hotels, retail establishments, and public entertainment venues, Surface will transform the way people shop, dine, entertain, and live.

Goals

To break down traditional barriers between people and technology, and change the way people interact with content, from photos to maps to menus. The intuitive user interface works without a traditional mouse or keyboard, allowing people to interact with content and information by using their hands and natural movements.

Innovations

Direct interaction. Users can actually "grab" digital information through touch and gesture.

Multi-touch contact. Surface computing recognizes many points of contact simultaneously.

Multi-user experience. The horizontal form factor makes it easy for several people to work together.

Object recognition. Users can place physical objects on the surface to trigger different types of digital responses.

Vision

This technology can be applied to many types of surfaces, from tabletops and counters to the hallway mirror. Imagine ordering a beverage during a meal with just the tap of a finger. Surface computing will make such experiences easy and natural.

Contact

Brian Kemp
Edelman
Brian.Kemp (at) edelman.com

Contributors

Derek Sunday
Kyle Warnick
Andy Wilson
Steven Bathiche
Nigel Keam
Microsoft Corporation