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“The future is here right now; it’s just highly distributed.”
So quipped my friend Bill Buxton, one of the doyens of surface computing here @ Microsoft. In a lot of ways, we’re trying to offer a twist on that with Microsoft Surface, our first product in this exciting category. It represents years of focus and passion by a small legion of really smart people around the globe bent on doing one thing; cherry-picking all of the little features that make technology so cool and delivering a user experience that’s fast, easy and, natural.
Business and Pleasure: The Leisure and Entertainment Sector
Through these posts I’ll be filling you in on the details of how we’re taking Surface from the Lab into your Life. We have a nice squad of bloggers here, each with their own angle on things. My team’s angle is business. That means bravely charting a course where few in our company have gone before. We are creating a new category and putting together the right plan to grow value. We have a lot of “partners” in the value equation; leading brands in leisure and entertainment like Starwood Hotels and Harrah’s Entertainment to name a couple. We’re also partnering with best-in-breed ISV’s from Web 2.0 shops to accomplished game developers.
As we enhance our focus on the Leisure and Entertainment sector, we’d love to hear you think about venues that would be appealing to have your first Surface experience!
According to the local Las Vegas weather channel, the Surface Booth @ CES reached "unseasonably high temperatures for January." Could the fact that we had oodles of Surface newbies non-stop all three days have had anything to do with that?
I had the pleasure of demoing on Monday and Tuesday, and it was fantastic. Most of our audience had never experienced Surface before, and it was amazing to enjoy all of the feedback.
One of the points that people kept hammering back to me was the power of un-mediated touch. In plain English, literally being able to place our hands on a song, a photo, a customized snow board had a powerful emotional impact.
It struck me as a really key aspect of the boom in natural user interfaces today. That ability to connect directly (not with a mousepad, remote control, etc.) with the content creates "mixed reality". Very powerful stuff!
ZDNet reports that Singapore bank DBS is deploying Samsung SUR40 with Microsoft PixelSense to enhance customer interactivity and efficiency. Koh Cheng Hwee, Senior Vice President for DBS Bank's consumer banking group, said [DBS] hopes to bring more interactivity to its customers' banking experience with the interactive platform. The bank has deployed five such systems at its Remix Bank Branch in the National University of Singapore — primarily targeting young people.
For more information please check out the full article by Liau Yun Quin over at ZDNet: DBS, Microsoft partner to boost customer service
UPDATE: Video from new ZDNet.com article: http://www.zdnet.com/sg/dbs-deploys-microsoft-tabletop-systems-7000005917/
DBS Bank experience on Samsung SUR40 with Microsoft PixelSense