The Surface of the Future

Looks like Microsoft has been up to something really wonderful in the last few years. I have always thought that keyboards and mice were outdated, but this is really quite a big leap. Here’s a broad new canvas for user-interface designers to play on; I’m sure we’ll get some imaginative products out of this technology in the next decade.

Separately, I have thought for a while now that I’d use a mobile device for all my computing needs if I had some other way to interface with it. Which is to say, I don’t want to learn Palm handwriting and I don’t want to type on those idiotic smart-phone keyboards. But if I could plunk my mobile device down on one of these smart surfaces and interact with it that way, voilá, you have a new customer.

If only Microsoft weren’t such a bully I’d like to invest right now.

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