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Seamless Interface/ Surface Computing


What is Surface computing?

What is Microsoft Surface?

History Key attributes Structure and working Specifications Positive v/s Negative Applications Conclusion

Surface Computing

Surface computing is a new way of working with computers that moves beyond the traditional mouse-and-keyboard experience. It is a computer with different look and feel. Surface do not have any keyboard or mouse. This uses a multi touch screen as user interface. 30-inch surface. Change an ordinary table top into a vibrant , interactive surface. Able to recognize actual unique objects that have barcode.

Surface Computing(Cont..)

It blurs the lines between the physical and virtual worlds. Surface computing is a powerful movement. Its as significant as the move from DOS to GUI. It is a natural user interface that allows people to interact with digital content the same way they have interacted with everyday items such as photos, paintbrushes and music their entire life.

Microsoft Surface

Microsoft Surface is a surface computing platform that responds to natural hand gestures and real world objects. It has a 360-degree user interface. This could involve the motion of hands or physical objects. A commercial Microsoft Surface unit is $12,500 , whereas a developer Microsoft Surface unit costs $15,000.

Microsoft surface(Cont..)

Microsoft debuted may 3,2007. Now it is only available in restaurants, hotels, retail and public entertainment venues. Will transfer the people shop, dine, entertain and live. Surface has been optimized to respond to 52 touches at a time.


2001: Microsoft researchers Steve Bathiche and Andy Wilson developed idea of interactive table that could understand the manipulation of physical pieces. 2003: 1st prototype model named T1 which is based on an IKEA table was born. Team saw the value of the surface computer beyond simply gaming and began to favor those applications that took advantage of the unique ability of Surface to recognize physical objects placed on the table.


2005 :Attention turned to its form factor- Tub proto type was designed. 2007:Final structure finalised,interactive tabletop device was built that seamlessly brings both the physical and virtual worlds into one.

Key attribute

Direct interaction:
Users can actually grab digital information with their hands and interact with content by touch and gesture, without the use of a mouse or keyboard.

Multi-touch contact :
Surface computing recognizes many points of contact simultaneously, not just from one finger, as with a typical touch screen, but up to 52 touches at a time.

Key attribute(Cont..)

Multi-user experience :
The horizontal form factor makes it easy for several people together around surface computers together, providing a collaborative, face-to-face computing experience.

Object recognition :
Users can place physical objects on the surface to trigger different types of digital responses, including the transfer of digital content.

1) Multi-touch Screen:
Capable of processing multiple inputs from multiple users.

2) Infrared LED light source:

LED light source aimed at the screen. When objects touch the tabletop, the light reflects back and is picked up by multiple infrared cameras with a net resolution of 1280 x 960.

3) CPU:
Surface uses many of the same components found in everyday desktop computers a Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM and a 256MB graphics card.

4) Projector:
Microsoft's Surface uses the same DLP light engine found in many rear projection HDTVs.

Its resolution is 1024 x 768 pixels.


Microsoft Surface uses cameras to sense objects, hand gestures and touch. This user input is then processed and displayed using rear projection. Microsoft Surface uses this rear projection system which displays an image onto the underside of thin diffuser. Image processing system processes the camera images to detect fingers, custom tags and other objects such as paint brushes when touching the display. The objects recognized with this system are reported to applications running in the computer so that they can react to object shapes, 2D tags, movement and touch.



Type: 30-inch XGA DLP projector. Graphics card with 256 MB of memory. Maximum resolution: 1024 x 768 Maximum pressure on the display: 3.5 kg per cm.

5 Camera-based vision system with LED infrared direct illumination. Bluetooth keyboard and mouse (available to administrators).



2.13-GHz Intel Core TM 2 Duo processor Memory: 2 GB dualchannel DDR2 AUDIO Output type: Stereo flat panel built-in speakers Output compliant standards: Stereo Input: None

2 headphone jacks 6 USB 2.0 ports Ethernet port (Gigabit Ethernet card [10/100/1000]) External monitor port Bays for routing cables On/Standby power button

Positive v/s Negative



Multi userscollaborative effort of users interacting Seamless- no wires or USB ports Instant download/upload of photos Users have more control of technology- ordering food or manipulating photos fast Educational- learn more info about the products you are using

Not portable- table has to stay put Must own devices such as a cell phone to upload photos into or share with others Have to be careful of table surface to not damage it Very expensive to own Tailored to high end clients Need for dim lighting to avoid washing out the screen.

Digital images are manipulated, shared and send via technologies like Wi-Fi , Bluetooth, etc.

Quickly browse through play list entries dragging favorite song to the current track Huge play lists can be easily manipulated.


Demonstration of the multitouch screen with the use of an object- paintbrush to simulate painting a picture

Surface technology using an object with a tagwineglass placed on surface to bring up other information about this particular wine


We can directly compare different products just by placing them on the surface. This is done using object recognition technology. We can handle images directly with our finger. Manipulating the images is even more better than the real photos.


Microsoft Surface is the future of computers. Fundamentally changes the way we interact with technology.

Surface takes existing technology and presents it in a new way. It isn't simply a touch screen, but more of a touch-grab-move-slide-resize-andplace-objects-on-top-of-screen, and this opens up new possibilities that weren't there before.