What is surface computing?

More than four decades after the introduction of the computer mouse, Microsoft has established a new branch of computer technology known as surface computing.

The goal of surface computing is to recognise touch and objects on the screen’s surface, and to interact with those objects seamlessly, without the use of a mouse, keyboard, or USB port.

We are familiar with touchscreens that allow us to access content without the use of a mouse or keyboard, but surface computing goes even beyond this.

The ‘Surface’ is a 76 cm ‘coffee table’ display that not only enables direct interaction with digital content, but also responds to natural gestures and physical objects.

The Surface can recognise physical objects. For example, by simply placing a digital camera on the table top, the Surface would recognise what it was, and would automatically display its contents. Amazing, isn’t it?

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