Coming Soon To A Surface Near YOU!

OK , so I have been following the progress of this project for over a year now, and it seems like it's finally turning into a reality. Not exactly how I would have hoped, but for now, it's a start.

Later this month, 12 AT&T Wireless stores in 4 US cities will be the starting point for a new computing platform called Surface Computing, developed by Microsoft.
If you are unfamiliar with it, take a few minutes to watch this video. You might be amazed. :) (please ignore the wierd "mushroom music" in the beginning and end of the video. It is about 5 min long in total but worth it!)




After watching the video, you can see that the possibilities of this platform are endless. I am sad to see it make it's debut as a marketing tool however, I can only assume that it will begin to surface (pun intended) in homes and schools in the near future.

Can you imagine having a few friends over the house and sharing photos from your recent trip to [insert your favorite vacation spot here], literally on the coffee table? All of you sifting through and manipulating the media simultaneously, without a mouse or keyboard or stylus for that matter.

Even better, imagine this in a classroom... of any kind. I could not even speculate what the imagination of a child, native born in the age of technology, could do with this.
So... I will let you speculate, go to The Beauvoir Tech Blog and leave a comment to this post, how you think this could be used in a classroom. C'mon and get those creative juices flowing, I wanna hear some off the wall ideas! please don't reply to the email that this post automatically generates. Visit the Blog and Comment... Please.
Thanks!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

The surface technology looks amazing. The real world applications are tremendous and for the classroom I love its intuitive nature. I can think of using it for interactive Phonographix lessons and different art creations.

Anonymous said...

Looks exciting; students who like to build and design structures could have fun creating structures and immediately seeing their ideas and making changes.

A Atanasov said...

I like the surface because it's essentially a fully networked, infinitely reconfigurable, multi-user interface.
The kid's will love it and have so much fun with it trying different things.
After all, the surface is nothing more than a multimedia toy.

Andrea said...

Looks so fun! It can definitely be used across the curriculum!