Friday, December 07, 2007

Microsoft Surface : The Magic Power & Possibilities (Remix)

When money attacks... Japanese Surface fans! LOL

■ What is Microsoft Surface?
Microsoft Surface represents a fundamental change in the way we interact with digital content. With Surface, we can actually grab data with our hands, and move information between objects with natural gestures and touch. Surface features a 30-inch tabletop display whose unique abilities allow for several people to work independently or simultaneously . All without using a mouse or a keyboard.

■ Ayumilove's Diary:
New things I learnt on Sony Vegas 7.0
which are transition timing (can be controlled using mouse or option from menu) and black screen using title animation. Set capture resolution to cater smaller area to achieve smoothness in video.

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History of Microsoft Surface

■ Year:2001
Stevie Bathiche of Microsoft and Andy Wilson of Microsoft Research began brainstorming concepts for an interactive table. Their vision was to mix physical and virtual worlds to provide a rich, interactive experience.

■ Year:2003
Early 2003, the New Consumer Products Group, led by David Kurlander, presented the idea to Bill Gates, Microsoft Chairman, and within the month the first protoype was born, based on an IKEA table with a hole cut through its top and a sheet of architect vellum as a diffuser. The evolution of Microsoft Surface had begun. As more applications were built, the team saw the value of the surface computer beyond simply gaming and began to favor those applications that took advantage of the unique ability of Surface to recognize physical objects placed on the table.

■ Year:2004
The team grew and became the Surface Computing group. Surface prototypes, functionality and applications were continuously refined. The team built more than 85 early prototypes for use by software developers, hardware developers and user researchers.

■ Year:2005
By late 2004, the Microsoft Surface software development platform was established and attention turned to its form. A number of different experimental prototypes were built including the "tub" model that was encased in a rounded plastic shell, a desk-height model with a square top and cloth-covered sides, and even a bar-height model. After extensive testing and user research, the current look and feel of Surface was finalized in 2005.

■ Year:2007
Today, Microsoft Surface is a 30-inch diagonal display table that's easy for individuals or small groups to use collaboratively. With a sleek, translucent surface, people engage with Surface using natural hand gestures, touch and physical objects placed on the surface.

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