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When you touch Microsoft’s new tabletop Surface computer, you can feel the future of computing at your fingertips.

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Touch is the new black when it comes to computing, but science fiction has always been fascinated with touch-based interfaces. Of the movies I’ve seen, Microsoft Surface reminds me most of the multi-touch surface used in the MI6 briefing at the start of Quantum of Solace where the agents follow a paper trail by moving documents around the screen.

Microsoft Surface lets you drag, flick, rotate and pinch to zoom in on objects – in some ways it’s like an iPhone the size of a coffee table, designed for several people to use at once. It handles more than 50 touch points, so half a dozen people can easily interact with Surface at the same time. There’s no such thing as “up”, so everyone gets an excellent user experience. (more…)

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