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Surface Demo

Second try. The video didn’t embed in the previous post. Nor this one. Here's the link

Microsoft Surface Demo

 

 

This is from the BI Conference in 2008 that took place in October. It’s an interesting use of Surface technology, but is it that useful? Is Surface that much better than a mouse and screen?

I can see the hands being used in a presentation. It’s more natural than a keyboard mouse, and it’s less likely you’ll make mistakes.

I would like to see a "Surface” desktop, maybe twice the size of the current models (think 42” TV) that functions as my desktop (literally and computer-wise). If I could move windows around, grow/shrink, and then have a “virtual keyboard” (think iPhone) pop out at the bottom when I needed it, that might make me more productive.

As far as Surface in business, it’s eye candy. That’s OK, but it’s not revolutionary.

Comments

Posted by David Benoit on 26 November 2008

The thing that is interesting to me on this is that we still have to type so, we can't totally do away with the standard interfaces yet, i.e. keyboard and mouse. I know Paul Nielsen posted a blog (sqlblog.com/.../ssms-vista-speach-recognition.aspx) using SSMS with Voice Recognition which was pretty cool but still very limited. So, seems strange to me to be jumping hard in one direction when some of the key elements are still very lacking.

Posted by Tim Mitchell on 27 November 2008

It's cool to watch, no doubt, but I think the cool factor would wear off very quickly.  I'm sure there was no price tag on this technology, but few people are going to be willing to fork over the bucks required, at least initially.  It may take hold in a decade or so, but I just don't see this as mainstream anytime soon.

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