Monday, November 12, 2007

Microsoft Surface - Minority Report, Here and Now

Steven Spielberg’s movie Minority Report remains memorable for me for two reasons. First, it featured an amazing Lexus concept car designed for the year the film was set, 2054. Second was the incredible touch screen that Tom Cruise manipulated with his arms and hands. I remember thinking that this was the future of the screen. The idea even made it into my book sisomo: the Future on Screen. Now that future has come a step closer thanks to Microsoft’s breakthrough touch technology, Surface. Now you can manipulate images and data right on this digital table using your fingers. Very cool. No mouse (about time) and no keyboard (more than about time). But not only does this screen let your fingers do the walking, it also interacts with objects, cameras and other stuff placed on it. I see a world of interactive walls, floors and tables opening up. Great to see a company that so often seems cold and stand-offish coming up with a device that makes sisomo even more emotionally attractive. And check out the way they talk about their new baby: magic, experience, intuition, touch. Very Lovemarks.


Susan Plunkett said...

I assume there's no great surprise that those terms are being used given your influence on terminology and wording in the area.

I also spoke of interactive tables etc on my blog a couple of months ago as I began to critique discussion of screens only being presented as having sisomo potentials. Of course walls and floor and tables should have it and floors in one medium have inbuilt plasma screen imagery for some years.

Piotr Jakubowski said...

I'm just wondering exactly how the connection would be made between appliances and the table. Do you see Matrix-esque computing capabilities in the near future?

I watched a demonstration of something similar over summer. There was a guy showing an interactive projection, in which he could move around and affect what was being projected on the wall. I remember watching a movie where a guy walks down a hall, and the walls change/interact with him as he's walking by.

Susan Plunkett said...

What is this "social bookmark button" being linked here?