From the Microsoft site:
The launch of Microsoft Surface marks the beginning of a new technology category and a user-interface revolution. Surface, Microsoft’s first surface computer, provides effortless interaction with digital content through natural hand gestures, touch and physical objects. Surface computing breaks down traditional barriers between people and technology, changing the way people interact with all kinds of everyday information — from photos to maps to menus.
So what is it?
Microsoft Surface™, the first commercially available surface computer from Microsoft Corp., turns an ordinary tabletop into a vibrant, interactive surface. The product provides effortless interaction with digital content through natural gestures, touch and physical objects. Surface is a 30-inch display in a table-like form factor that’s easy for individuals or small groups to interact with in a way that feels familiar, just like in the real world. In essence, it’s a surface that comes to life for exploring, learning, sharing, creating, buying and much more. Soon to be available in restaurants, hotels, retail establishments and public entertainment venues, this experience will transform the way people shop, dine, entertain and live.
At a high level, Surface uses cameras to sense objects, hand gestures and touch. This user input is then processed and the result is displayed on the surface using rear projection.
Looking at the videos on the Microsoft Surface web site I can think how a surface computer will change the way people will interact and experience content. Looking forward to a new way of interaction with digital content!
More information on Microsoft Surface is available from:
Update: On on10.net Larry Larsen posted a video on Microsoft Surface: "First Look: Microsoft Surfacing Computing!". Larry talks to Mark Bolger, Director of Marketing in the Surface Computing Product Division. Check it out!