With the release date of Apple’s iPad fast approaching (Friday April 30th), it got me wondering whether it could spark a rejuvenation or re-imagination of other ‘larger’ touch screen devices.
No, I am not saying that Tom Cruise and his Minority Report glove thingy is the next step in the evolution of ‘buttonless‘ devices… however it maybe closer than you think!
Cast your minds all the way back to 2008 when it was announced that Microsoft Surface units would be in plce in hospitality businesses, such as restaurants, hotels, retail, public entertainment venues and used by the military for tactical overviews.
“Microsoft Surface is a multi-touch product from Microsoft which is developed as a software and hardware combination technology that allows a user, or multiple users, to manipulate digital content by the use of gesture recognition. This could involve the motion of hands or physical objects.” - Wikipedia
Now, I for one have never seen a Microsoft Surface unit in the public domain. In fact it’s only visibility to Joe Public is being used by MSNBC during its coverage of the 2008 US presidential election and also being featured in the CBS series CSI: Miami. So from a public usage point of view… it’s a flop so far but the potential is massive.
On the surface however, this looks awesome and I would love to see it being used in the public domain. I am wondering whether the popularity of the larger touch screen Apple iPad will have any affect on similar devices to Microsoft Surface.