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20 June 2007

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Microsoft Surface To Be Featured at SIGGRAPH 2007

(Chicago, IL) - Microsoft Surface, the first in a new category of surface computing products from Microsoft that breaks down traditional barriers between people and technology, will be featured at SIGGRAPH 2007, the 34th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques held 5-9 August 2007 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California, USA.

Surface turns an ordinary tabletop into a vibrant, dynamic surface that provides effortless interaction with all forms of digital content through natural gestures, touch, and physical objects. The intuitive user interface works without a traditional mouse or keyboard, allowing people to interact with content and information on their own or collaboratively with friends and families, just like in the real world. Surface is a 30-inch display in a table-like form factor that small groups can use at the same time. From digital finger painting to a virtual concierge, Surface brings natural interaction to the digital world in a new and exciting way. Beginning at the end of this year, consumers will be able to interact with Surface in hotels, retail establishments, restaurants, and public entertainment venues.

"This is just one of many SIGGRAPH opportunities to experience cutting-edge technology - for products both months and years away," stated Joe Marks, SIGGRAPH 2007 Conference Chair from Walt Disney Animation Studios. "In fact, surface computing in its early stages was showcased at previous SIGGRAPHs, and we're very excited to feature the technology in its market-ready form in San Diego."

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SIGGRAPH 2007 will bring an estimated 25,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from six continents to San Diego, California, USA for the industry's most respected technical and creative programs focusing on research, science, art, animation, gaming, interactivity, education, and the web from 5-9 August at the San Diego Convention Center. SIGGRAPH 2007 includes a three-day exhibition of products and services from the computer graphics and interactive marketplace from 7-9 August 2007. More than 250 international exhibiting companies are expected. Registration for the conference and exhibition is open to the public.

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The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) SIGGRAPH sponsors SIGGRAPH 2007. ACM is an educational and scientific society uniting the world's computing educators, researchers, and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field's challenges. ACM strengthens the profession's collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.