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Unformatted text preview: Microsoft Surface Overview Microsoft Surface is the first commercially available surface computing platform from Microsoft Corporation. It 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, its a surface that comes to life for exploring, learning, sharing, creating, buying and much more. In restaurants, hotels, retail and public entertainment venues, this experience will transform the way people shop, dine, entertain and live. Microsoft Surface is a 30-inch display in a table-like form factor thats easy for individuals or small groups to interact with in a way that feels familiar, just like in the real world. Microsoft Surface can simultaneously recognize dozens and dozens of movements such as touch and gestures and can recognize unique objects that have identification tags (similar to bar codes). Microsoft also provides a portfolio of basic Microsoft Surface applications, including Concierge, Photos, and Music. You can customize these applications to provide customers with unique experiences. Surface computing breaks down traditional barriers between people and technology, changing the way people interact with all kinds of everyday 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. Users are able to access information either on their own or collaboratively with their friends and families, unlike any experience available today. Surface computing features four key attributes: Direct interaction : Users can actually "grab" digital information with their hands and interact with content through touch and gesture, without the use of a mouse or keyboard. Multitouch contact : Surface computing recognizes many points of contact simultaneously, not just from one finger as with a typical touch screen, but up to dozens of items at once. Multiuser experience : The horizontal form factor makes it easy for several people to gather around surface computers together, providing a collaborative, face-to-face computing experience. Object recognition : Users can place physical objects on the surface to trigger different types of digital responses. All it takes is a simple touch. Microsoft Surface Software Development Kit Page 1 of 3 Microsoft Surface Overview 8/5/2009 ms-help://MS.VSCC.v90/MS.VSIPCC.v90/Microsoft.Surface/Microsoft.Surface.SDK/Over... What's more, Microsoft Surface responds to multiple touches at one time ( multitouch ). All of this functionality enables a new range of social, multiuser applications....
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This note was uploaded on 02/13/2012 for the course CS 91.550 taught by Professor Yanco during the Spring '11 term at UMass Lowell.
- Spring '11