A surface computer is a computer that interacts with the user through the surface of an ordinary object, rather than through a monitor and keyboard.
The concept has seen some media attention, but there are few commercial surface products. The name of the category was first adopted by Microsoft with Surface (codenamed Milan), the surface computer from Microsoft which was based entirely on a Multi-Touch inte, and Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, which will use Surface to service lobby customers in numerous ways.The product was renamed "Microsoft PixelSense" on June 18, 2012, due to a decision of Microsoft to give the name "Surface" to a new product, a tablet PC.
The Microsoft Surface has a 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of memory, an off the shelf graphics card, a scratch-proof spill-proof surface, a DLP projector, and 5 infrared cameras as mentioned above. However, the expensive components required for the interface also give the Surface a price tag of between $12,500 to $15,000.
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- Jeff Han