More on Microsoft’s Surface Computing initiatives…

I talked with Microsoft’s Surface computing team today. Here’s some more details I learned.

1. Price. Will cost $5,000 to $10,000 and only be available to commercial customers (hotels, casinos, etc). Price depends on number of units purchased.
2. Consumer availability? They are working on other surface computing products, but didn’t have anything to announce yet. There are a few roadblocks to getting one of these in your home. First, it’s expensive to build one because it needs holographic glass, an enclosure, a projector, two cameras, and a computer. Second, they still are working on software so that it actually does something beyond the whiz-bang demos they showed off this morning on stage.
3. Demos won’t all work the way it seems in the videos. The demos you are seeing of photos flying out of a digital camera when placed on the device? That requires that digital camera to be synced and “tagged” with a bar code. The table can see bar codes on things, but you’ve gotta stick a bar code on them first. My cell phone hasn’t been tagged. Neither has my digital camera. So, if I put them on the table they wouldn’t do anything.
4. Microsoft isn’t writing all the software. I asked whether we’d be able to play Blackjack on a table. They (the Microsoft team) couldn’t answer. That part of the functionality will be left to third-parties to write. So, a table that is in a Sheraton property might have completely different functionality than one somewhere else.
5. Can’t scan paper yet. Some of the scenarios I saw demoed included scanning of paper and documents. That isn’t yet included in the current version.
6. When will it be out? It should be installed at first customers by the end of the year. First public demos (other than at this week’s “D” conference) will be in June in New York at a Starwood property. I’ll try to get more info on that.

I’ll keep trying to get more answers and I encouraged the team to come over and answer the questions people left in my comments.

63 thoughts on “More on Microsoft’s Surface Computing initiatives…

  1. more details about surface computer?
    1.when surface computer was founded?
    2. what is it's configuration?
    3. which technology is used in surface computer?
    4. advantage and disadvantage of surface computer

  2. hi,
    pleaase give me more information about surface computer.
    and please give me answer of the following?
    1.when surface computer was founded?
    2. what is it’s configuration?
    3. which technology is used in surface computer?
    4. advantage and disadvantage of surface computer

    because my seminar topic is surface computer

  3. hi,
    pleaase give me more information about surface computer.
    and please give me answer of the following?
    1.when surface computer was founded?
    2. what is it’s configuration?
    3. which technology is used in surface computer?
    4. advantage and disadvantage of surface computer

    because my seminar topic is surface computer

  4. hi , I have a microsoft surface computer my daddy buy it for meee!

    IT IS WONDERFUL! I love it!

    the price is not correct it will cost 1000000 dollars

  5. hi , I have a microsoft surface computer my daddy buy it for meee!

    IT IS WONDERFUL! I love it!

    the price is not correct it will cost 1000000 dollars

  6. Hi. Can any one will be able to provide some more details about Surface Computer- its working or Architecture and controls. I had taken Surface computing as topic for my seminar and need badly more information on the topic.Please try to look into it. If any one intreasted reply me on reenav_s2006@yahoo.com. Waiting for someone to give information.

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