2007-08-24 12:35:47

The "Surface"

Despite being a MicroSoft device, I'm really quite enamoured of the "Surface" table/computer. Granted, it was only a matter of time before someone came out with a device such as this, and many people have noticed similarities in concept from the screen in Spielberg's "Minority Report".

One thing that bothers me about the device is that it has the potential for being a little too gimicky. In the YouTube video below, an example of what I mean is the "bubbles" coming off the glass when set on the table. Maybe I'm just old fashioned, but that would be really distracting. What I'd rather see is the ability of the table to scan the drink to determine if it needs refilling. And what would be even better is if it could perform a spectrograph analysis on the drink and cross reference that with a small chemical database, and then tell the bartender that it not only needs a refill, but also what the drink was.

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James Conner