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Minority Report Becomes Reality

 - May 30, 2007
References: microsoft & reuters
Every time I replay the movie Minority Report and see Chief John Anderton (Tom Cruise) play with his Pre-Crime software with some help from Pre-Cogs, I always end up daydreaming for a touch screen technology that will surely make my laptop experience and net surfing adventure very exciting!

The new Microsoft Surface is the realization of that dream! It is a 30-inch tabletop enabling users to easily play with pictures, music, and everything else on the screen. No more mouse, no more keyboards. The new pc accessories are voice and touch.

In case you like to be one of the early adopters of this revolutionary technology, you just need to shell out between $5,000 and $10,000.

According to Microsoft's PressPass Section:

It's a powerful technology that is visually compelling. Surface is a horizontal display on a table-like form factor that morphs from an ordinary table-top into a new, vibrant way to bring connected entertainment and digital content to users. The cool factor is the way you interact with digital content by using your hands to get what you need. Surface provides effortless interaction with digital content through natural gestures, touch and physical objects. Because Surface is essentially housed in a table, it's easy for individuals or multiple people to gather around it in a way that feels familiar â€" making collaboration more powerful and fun.

Surface computing is going to revolutionize everyday lives, much like the way ATMs changed how we get money from the bank. Surface lets us manipulate a tremendous amount of information with our hands so that the content works with you rather than for you. For example, with Surface's mapping application, you can manipulate a map and move it, shrink it and access personalized data for local sites, attractions and venues. To do this today, you'd need a paper map, books, concierge and even a bookstore to find and gather all the information. Or, with Surface's photo application, you have the ability to sort through pictures, decide which ones you want to share, zoom in for a closer look and more. In these ways, Surface is unlocking content; making it rich, more fun and easier to use.