Just like in the movies—
In the film Minority Report, Tom Cruise deftly manipulates components, graphics, and details on a huge transparent touchscreen computer. In the original movie Tron, produced in 1982, the head of ENCOM communicates with the evil computer, Master Control Program, through a large tabletop computer touchscreen.
But now Microsoft and Samsung have turned these science fiction devices into reality by offering pre-orders on a new 40-inch tabletop tablet dubbed the SUR40.
Fiction turns into reality
A demo of the SUR40 definitely produces a déjà vu feeling as the operation of the device reminds any science fiction fan or tech fan of what they have read about; users move and resize images, type in commands, and do just about anything they’ve seen at theaters on the silver screen.
The SUR40 is 40-inches in diagonal measurement, has a 4-inch thick display, can be mounted on legs, imbedded into a counter or placed horizontally on a wall like a HDTV.
The device is powered by software named PixelSense. Users can not only operate the huge table tablet with their fingers and hands, the SUR40 also recognizes physical drawing tools such as brushes and pens in addition to objects placed on its surface.
Microsoft stated that this:
“…allows an LCD display to recognize fingers, hands, and objects placed on the screen, including more than 50 simultaneous touch points.
“”With PixelSense, pixels in the display see what’s touching the screen and that information is immediately processed and interpreted.”
How much is it?
For the tech fan that has everything, the SUR40 will surely be a unique addition to his or her collection. Pre-orders are being taken for the device and will cost $8,400 USD just for the unit and $9,049 with the display legs.
Orders will ship in early January.
A new era for computing
In science fiction movies interactive screen computing is the norm. Until now, it has remained in the realm of the imagination, but with the launch of the SUR40, computing may have taken an important step in integrating computers into large display devices that can meld seamlessly into everyday environments.
Imagine computer table tables at work, school or in the living rooms and office spaces at home; indeed, fiction has become reality and that’s pretty exciting.
Watch the video for a look at how the SUR40 was developed and how it works.
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Written by: Frank Ling on Thursday, November 17, 2011 – 1:24 PM