Microsoft has ventured into a new territory of touchscreen displays with the introduction of a 30-inch “touch table” that can be simultaneously operated by more than one person. The display recognize physical objects and react to human touch. The software giant claims you can do all the computing tasks without using a keyboard and mouse. The Minority Report-like screen “brings natural interaction to the digital world in a new and exciting way.” Initially the gizmo will be used in the service industry where many tasks can be accomplished “futuristically” such as ordering beverages/food stuffs from your restaurant table, controlling in-table entertainment, or on your personal screen quickly browsing through music and dragging favorite songs onto a personal playlist by moving a finger across the screen.
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The $10,000 display is powered by Vista and includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The Surface includes a new technology that enables you to transfer data to a mobile device by placing your device on the table and dragging your media onto your phone, camera or media player.