It may look like an old barroom Pac-Man machine, but Microsoft's Surface is the company's first product to make use of a new interface technology the firm calls "surface computing."
Showing Off Snapshots
A Microsoft rep demonstrates Surface's photo-viewing application. Around the edges of the screen, shots are grouped into several neat piles, while others are arranged more haphazardly.
Zooming in on a particular photo is as easy as grabbing its corners and stretching the image.
Zoom in far enough on a photo, and it will take up all of Surface's 1024-by-768-pixel display.
Want a better way to order room service? A virtual concierge app gives you a new way to browse through menu items at a hotel.
I'll Have Another...
Here's another shot of a virtual concierge app, where two users can simultaneously browse menu items on opposite sides of the screen.
There's a Jukebox in Your Table
Surface should offer some intriguing new ways to organize and play music.
Yeah, but How Do I Fold It?
Touch-based zoom and drag gestures make interactive maps a natural function for Microsoft Surface machines.
Tiny tags on products will allow partners such as T-Mobile to use Surface kiosks to give customers more information about products in the store.
How About a Little Drawing?
Suddenly PC World's art department staffers feel much more secure in their jobs...