This is just amazing stuff. When Microsoft Surface first came out you knew this was opening the door to the future. All the flashy futuristic movies where video screens are interactive and everywhere, tables, walls, etc are now coming to reality.
With Surface 2 they have really taken a huge leap forward. Now they are using LCD screens with what they call PixelSense technology. Along with R, G and B pixels there is now a fourth pixel that can detect in the infrared range. The LCD screen actually can detect the objects on the table.
What this does is change the older hardware with complex projectors, cameras and sensors into a sleek tabletop design.
Just to give you an idea here is what the original Surface typically looked like:
The large enclosed portion below the glass is actually hiding the set of projectors and cameras along with the computer hardware.
Now, with most of the complex sensing technology actually built into the LCD they can now produce tables that look like this:
I’ve seen Microsoft Surface products built into the wall at fancy hotels or casinos in Las Vegas. Now we’ll start seeing a lot more of these pop up everywhere.
It’s an amazing time to be alive!