This may totally change the way radiology reports and images are viewed or just accessing a patient chart. Last year I remembered viewing the "play anywhere" video from Microsoft and this appears to be the next phase of the technology emerging. Get your cellphones and wireless equipped tablets ready for some interaction....BD
The machines, which Microsoft planned to debut Wednesday at a technology conference in Carlsbad, Calif., are set to arrive in November in T-Mobile USA stores and properties owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. and Harrah's Entertainment Inc.
Surface is essentially a Windows Vista PC tucked inside a shiny black table base, topped with a 30-inch touchscreen in a clear acrylic frame. Five cameras that can sense nearby objects are mounted beneath the screen. Users can interact with the machine by touching or dragging their fingertips and objects such as paintbrushes across the screen, or by setting real-world items tagged with special bar-code labels on top of it.
Unlike most touchscreens, Surface can respond to more than one touch at a time. During a demonstration with a reporter last week, Mark Bolger, the Surface Computing group's marketing director, "dipped" his finger in an on-screen paint palette, then dragged it across the screen to draw a smiley face. Then he used all 10 fingers at once to give the face a full head of hair.
Popular Mechanics also provides a nice video preview from their website.
Surface Page Presentation from Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com/surface/
Additional information here: http://on10.net/Blogs/larry/first-look-microsoft-surfacing-computing/