I finally found out what the “mystery product” from Microsoft is: Microsoft Surface. It doesn’t come cheap though, expect to cough up between US$5,000 and US$10,000. So what is this “surface computer” thingy from Microsoft?
Microsoft Surface, which has a 30-inch display under a hard-plastic tabletop, allows people to touch and move objects on screen for everything from digital finger painting and jigsaw puzzles to ordering off a virtual menu in a restaurant.
It also recognizes and interacts with devices placed on its surface, so cell phone users can easily buy ringtones or change payment plans by placing their handsets on in-store displays, or a group of people gathered round the table can check out the photos on a digital camera placed on top.
The world’s largest software maker said it will manufacture the machine itself and sell it initially to corporate customers, deploying the first units in November in Sheraton hotels, Harrah’s casinos, T-Mobile stores, and restaurants.
Cool, eh? This will probably be the first generation of those computers you see in Minority Report.