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Microsoft Surface 2.0: From 'Minority Report' to Reality

Now it gets interesting. The idea of surface computing — interacting with gestures, movements and objects, is quickly moving from the big screen (a la Minority Report) and into reality. From smartphones to tablets to thermostats, touch is becoming the computing input mechanism of choice. With Surface 2.0, Microsoft is actively taking surface computing to the next level.

First released in 2008, the Microsoft Surface was a tabletop touch computer with support for multi-touch and multi-gestures. At CES 2011, Microsoft unveiled the Surface 2.0. Last month, Samsung started accepting pre-orders for the Microsoft Surface 2.0 SUR40 in 23 countries. How It Works For the Surface 2.0, Microsoft employs a number of different technologies to make the product really sing. The iPad (and leading Android tablets) can support up to ten simultaneous points of interaction. This is how it works: Samsung SUR40 (Microsoft Surface 2.0) now shipping. Samsung SUR40 with Microsoft Surface 2 hands-on video. ExoPC EXOdesk hands-on pictures and video. ExoPC's EXOdesk was originally a touch-enabled panel running Windows 8 and powered by a Core i7 processor.

ExoPC EXOdesk hands-on pictures and video

Well, after stopping by ViewSonic's booth here at CES 2012 we've learned the company has other plans for the EXOdesk. ExoPC has ditched the processor and computer components to help reduce cost, and what we're left with is merely a 1920x1080 32-inch touchscreen monitor fused to a desk. Like the original, this EXOdesk has 10 points of touch, but it simply serves as a secondary monitor for Windows (Mac support is being worked on) rather than a standalone PC.

We're told EXOdesk will be shipping at the end of 2012 with a targeted price of $1299. However, ExoPC said, "price is pending a few factors: customer feedback to size, desired touch input, usage models, apps, user interface. " As for the touch panel itself? ExoPC EXOdesk pictures Previous Next View full Gallery Related Items ces touchscreen html5 display ces 2012 exopc exodesk ces2012 EXOdesk. 3M's 46-inch multitouch table supports 20-point input (hands-on pictures) 3M has a monstrous 46-inch multitouch table on display at CES 2012 that reminds us of Microsoft's Surface.

3M's 46-inch multitouch table supports 20-point input (hands-on pictures)

The display has a 1080p resolution, and currently supports up to 20 concurrent touches — though it's theoretically capable of tracking up to 60. Similar to Microsoft's take, 3M sees the technology being put to use in retail stores, military applications, and governmental offices. The software we saw was running off a Mac Mini, with basic Twitter and photo viewing clients. The table is smart enough to ignore palm and arm input, but that shouldn't be an excuse to put your elbows on it. 3M 46-inch multitouch table hands-on pictures Previous Next View full Gallery Related Items hd table ces multitouch display 3m ces 2012 ces2012 multitouch table. MultiTouch 55-inch Surface-like display now available, upgradable to Windows 8.