Microsoft has unveiled a coffee-table-shaped “surface computer” today in which the mouse and keyboard are replaced by more natural interaction using voice, pen and touch.
Microsoft Surface, has a 30-inch display under a hard-plastic tabletop which allows people to touch and move objects on screen for everything from digital finger painting and jigsaw puzzles to ordering off a virtual menu in a restaurant.
It also recognizes and interacts with devices placed on its surface. Cell phone users can easily buy ringtones or change payment plans by placing their handsets on in-store displays. A group of people gathered around the table can check out the photos on a digital camera placed on top.
Initially the Surface will be manufactured for corporate customers, deploying the first units in November in Sheraton hotels, T-Mobile stores, and restaurants.
The Surface will cost between $5,000 and $10,000 each at first. Microsoft is aiming to bring prices down to consumer levels in three to five years and introduce various shapes and forms.
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