Microsoft "Surface"

I see your Adobe Flash photo shuffling demo on a $40,000 multi-touch screen and raise you with the concept of Gorilla Arm.

Why do I get the feeling that last year Steve or Bill saw the same multi-touch demo by Jeff Han [YouTube] that we all did, but instead of just going “Ooh Ahhh” and sending messages to their geek friends along the line of “YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS!!!!!”, they threw away their pens and invested millions of dollars based on a nerdgasm.

Try putting a newspaper on a coffee table and reading it for an extended period without lifting it.

Buy shares in physiotherapists.

About James McParlane

CTO Massive Interactive. Ex Computer Whiz Kid - Now Grumpy Old Guru.
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2 Responses to Microsoft "Surface"

  1. Michael says:

    I’m sure it’s been in development MUCH before they saw that multi-touch demo. It doesn’t look like something you just throw together.

  2. Yes – its been in development since 2001. (Click on "Origins" in the flash demo.)

    I think it looks fantastic and part of what I said was for the humor value.

    It will be great in restaurants and some niche applications where you want short sharp sweet interactions.

    But it is going to be limited by Gorilla Arm and I suspect a very hefty price-tag.

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