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Microsoft Surface

Microsoft Surface

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Microsoft Surface: Behind-the-Scenes First Look (withVideo)
The software giant has built a new touch screen computer—a coffee table that will changethe world. Go inside its top-secret development with PopularMechanics.com, then forget thekeyboard and mouse: The next generation of computer interfaces will be hands-on.
1) Screen:
A diffuser turns the Surface's acrylictabletop into a large horizontal "multitouch"screen, capable of processing multiple inputsfrom multiple users. The Surface can alsorecognize objects by their shapes or by readingcoded "domino" tags.
(2) Infrared:
Surface's "machine vision" operatesin the near-infrared spectrum, using an 850-nanometer-wavelength LED light source aimedat the screen. When objects touch the tabletop,the light reflects back and is picked up bymultiple infrared cameras with a net resolution of 1280 x 960.
(3) CPU:
Surface uses many of the samecomponents found in everyday desktopcomputers — aCore 2 Duo processor , 2GB of RAM and a 256MB graphics card. Wirelesscommunication with devices on the surface ishandled using WiFi and Bluetooth antennas(future versions may incorporate RFID or Near Field Communications). The underlying
(4) Projector:
Microsoft's Surface uses the sameDLP light engine found in many rear-projectionHDTVs. The footprint of the visible light screen,at 1024 x 768 pixels, is actually smaller than theinvisible overlapping infrared projection to allowfor better recognition at the edges of the screen.

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