Thursday, May 31, 2007

One of the best kept secrets in tech - Microsoft Surface

Ok, I know I'm a few days behind on this one - but it is worth another look.

This is amazing on two counts: the tech itself - which is truly wonderful in a "Minority Report" kinda way, and in the way Surface was kept under wraps for so long: 5 years in development...and nary a peep out of the Amazing Balmer Screaming Head. (Although Surface does look suspiciously like this little gem that Jeff Han was diddling with last February.)

It's a remarkable thing that CPU and GPU cycles are now so cheap that we can afford to spend a significant fraction of those cycles on gorgeous interfaces like this. The first Surface enabled...uh...surface is called the "Milan." It's retailing for $10,000 - so the target markets are convention halls, hotels, lobbies, restaurants and the like... but can cheaper versions, and small "lightbox" sized devices be far behind? I, of course, want one.

Nice, Redmond - something cool, at long last, besides the XBox360.

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