Essay on Microsoft Surface

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Prepared By: Allison Jeffers Gainey November 2008 EDUC 651

What are multi-touch surfaces?
Multi-touch surfaces allow for a device to recognize two or more simultaneous touches by more than one user. Some have the ability to recognize objects by distinguishing between the differences in pressure and temperature of what is placed on the surface. Depending on the size and applications installed in the surface, two or more people can be doing different or independent applications on the device. Multi-touch computing is the direct manipulation of virtual objects, pages, and images allowing you to swipe, pinch, grab, rotate, type, and command them eliminating
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The image below of a part of the order form shows the pricing information (Figure A). Other multi-touch technologies exist such as Jeff Han’s multi-touch wall which has demonstrated similar abilities as the Surface but is larger in size and costs around $100,000 and the SMART multi-touch tables, which have been referred to as “Surface Jr,” coming available next year for somewhere between $7,000 and $8,000. Even though the SMART multi-touch tables are very similar to the Microsoft Surface, two differences are that they are not quite as responsive and have a kid-proof plastic screen.


Additional Pricing Information:

Figure A: Pricing Information

Application: The following is an example of a possible application using Microsoft Surface:

1) On the left you have your device which has stored your information. 2) On the right you have your friend’s device which has stored his/her information. 3) In the center it’s showing how you can pull the information needed from each device and compile it to complete the final project.


Technical Aspects/Features: These all have the same basic framework using cameras to sense objects, hand gestures, and touch. The user input is then processed and displayed on the surface using rear projection. The following is a diagram of the Microsoft Surface (Figure B) and an explanation of the

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