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Yesterday, we lifted the covers off the next generation Microsoft Surface – or Surface 2.0 – at CES. Surface 2.0 represents an incredible collaboration between Microsoft and Samsung on the Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface.
In the Microsoft CES Keynote last night, Mike Angiulo (Corporate Vice President for the Windows PC and Ecosystem Team) called the new version of Surface an example of “really extreme integration on Windows 7”. Gone is the “big box” Surface unit. Instead, there is a 4-inch thick 40-inch HD LCD screen (the Samsung SUR40) that can be used not only as a table but also as a kiosk mounted to the wall. The top is the biggest piece of gorilla glass that has been bonded to a LCD screen. Behind the LCD screen is a brand new technology we invented called PixelSense where infrared sensors are placed all across the screen where every single pixel acts like a camera. On the inside is a full blown Windows 7 PC powered by an AMD Athlon II X2 Dual-Core 2.9GHz embedded processor and a AMD Radeon HD 6700M Series GPU which supports DirectX 11. I really suggest watching Mike’s demo in the keynote to see all this awesome technology working. You can watch the keynote on demand on Microsoft’s Facebook page (click on CES 2011 tab).
For more information on the new Microsoft Surface including availability and pricing, click here for the press release on Microsoft News Center.
You can also check out Surface.com – which just received a face-lift.
I also recommend reading Steve Clayton’s blog post on the Next at Microsoft Blog and you can check out Eric Havir’s post on the Surface Blog with a video demo of the new Surface in action (I still recommend watching the Microsoft CES keynote from last night though!).
Had a play on the Surface 1.0 last year, loved it. Really want a V2 for my living room! Hope these devices lean towards the consumer in the future, as it's a great way to explore, play and connect....
I love surface. I first used one at disney land a few years ago. Now that they are thin and more durable, I'm sure I will love it even more.
Can't wait MS to bring the PixelSense technology iPad alike devices. It'll sure blow every tablet in the market.
Very nice! I'm particularly interested in knowing more about the pixelsense technology.
v2 Surface looks awesome. Surface user scenarios seem pretty specific but I'm curious if Microsoft has plans to broaden PixelSense usage, perhaps as a replacement to capacitive touch screens in Windows PCs of all sizes. Beyond entertainment, Surface makes for one killer Executive Desk. You could even attach a second/standard monitor vertically to have a traditional desktop experience combined with ultra functional horizontal surface. Literally, the ultimate Windows "desktop" desktop. Would that enhance productivity?...likely not, but like most dual screen setups..I bet folks would find it liberating. It will be interesting to see if the popularity of Slate devices will actually diminish or enhance demand for a product like Surface. I bet Slate popularity will actually increase demand.