27. August 2012 22:28
When I talked with someone about Surface year ago it was always about that cool multi-touch table. Now when I talk about Surface, it is about the new Microsoft Windows 8 Tablet which should be available at the end of October. What happened to that multi-touch table? It just got a new name. It is now known as 'Microsoft PixelSense'.
With the SUR40, Samsung has created a really nice PixelSense table! The old Surface table has a resolution of 1024x768 and runs on Windows Vista. The new table has a FullHD 1080p 1920x1080 resolution and runs on Embedded Windows 7 Professional 64/bit. The new table is only a screen with legs where the old table is massive and has a projector and infrared sensors.
How cool and innovative the new table may be, the question if it can be good for the Business. Buying a table costs about 10.000 euro. And for that money you only have a few demo applications and games. Another investment is needed to get the application you want. Unlike most business applications, there are only few out of the box applications for PixelSense. This makes the table only interesting for larger companies with a budget for developing custom software.
For smaller companies we could develop some kind of content management system. With easy ways to change the design of the applications/template.
On the other hand the table gets cheaper and has already been spotted for sale at an electronics store. It is only a matter of time before tables can be found in people’s homes. Are they going to use it to play games? Or just for viewing photo's? The real purpose just hasn't been invented yet.
PixelSence development is about thinking out of the box. It is not a regular touch screen. It can be used by multiple people at the same time, can handle over 50 points of contacts and has optical tag recognition. I think developing applications for PixelSense is more for conceptual and user-interface designers then for application developers.
That should not withhold us from thinking about creating cool applications. So try to think out of the box and let me know which application we should create for Microsoft PixelSense.