Lots of ideas for how to use Microsoft Surface
There are lots of blogs reporting on Microsoft’s new Surface product but Michael has a great post where he describes a wide range of collaboration related scenarios that it could support, definitely worth a read.
However I can’t help but think that Surface is a bit like Telepresence, a technology that will be reserved for a very small number of scenarios. Personally I’m more interested in the application of technologies that will impact on most of us.
My take on Surface is that I would be more excited by a vertical version. I know it wouldn’t have the benefit of being able to interact with things placed on it, but being vertical it would benefit from being:
- Allowing more people to interact with it
- Providing for a more vibrant and interactive experience, because people could interact with the whole surface more easily (with the horizontal version people get in each others way a lot)
- Easier to see from a distance, in a “war room” type of environment
All that said – except from the very richest of collaboration scenarios I really like to see solutions that work well from the desk, and with multiple monitors now so affordable I think it’s easy to envision some very rich experiences.