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Microsoft Surface table interfac - apple multi touch rip off
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A little like innovations from Apple - Apple Multi Touch - here comes Mirosofts patented wonders...

Microsoft is taking the wraps off its new "Surface" platform, which should be commercially available later this year. Essentially, Surface lets you interact with a computer via a tabletop interface, no keyboard or separate display needed. Touch the screen to make selections and move images around.

Use two hands to make pictures larger or smaller. Or place certain items on the tabletop to interact with the computer.

The first Surface computers could cost up to $10,000 so don't expect to pick one up for your living room just yet (unless you're a super early adopter with too much disposable income). Rather, they'll show up at hotels, retail stores, restaurants and casinos first.

Harrah's in Las Vegas will have a "virtual concierge" service letting guests reserve tickets, peruse menus, or make purchases. It's just a matter of time until someone builds a realistic virtual poker application.
T-Mobile has signed on to take advantage of Surface's object recognition capabilities, by allowing customers in selected stores to pick up a cellphone, place it on the table and get information about prices and phone plans.
THe multi touch looks a bit jittery - but we will see technology like this very soon on the iPhone...

But hang on - Apple Multi Touch -posted in March 2006...

I thought Apple patented this...! Micosoft are simply never original...

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