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:

  1. Larger
  2. Allowing more people to interact with it
  3. 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)
  4. 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. 

Steve Richards

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3 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    What about a table that was mounted on some sort of arm to operate vertically when required.

    When using Surface vertically though, you’ll surley end up with tired arms.

  2. Anonymous says:

    That might work, i’m not so concerned about the tired arms, more about the fact that for a group of people collaborating around a table for some of them everything is upside down and for everyone something is probably out of reach.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I found Microsoft Surface for the wall. The guys from INTOI work on next generation flipcharts:

    http://www.intoi.net

    Intoi in youtube

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