Microsoft enters the furniture market

I thought for a moment that it was April Fools Day again… but apparently not. In fact, Microsoft Surface is creating quite a buzz, including here, here, and lots more. Surfacefeatures a 30-inch tabletop display whose unique abilities allow for several people to work independently or simultaneously. All without using a mouse or a keyboard.” It all makes a bit more sense if you watch a demo:

Despite the buzz, this solution isn’t completely unique. For example, it reminds somewhat of the interface developed by Ted Han at Perceptive Pixel (covered by Wired) – you might remember this demo from earlier in the year:

Also have a look at Coeno and their Office of Tomorrow project. I’m sure there are other examples and related ideas out there.

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