Microsoft's 'conceptual touch designs'

Microsoft's 'conceptual touch designs'

Summary: I've written from time to time about Apple and their rumoured tablet devices, applications for tablet PC's, multi-touch and Surface, and all those touchy-feely concepts we've been hearing about, but when do we get to actually see them?Microsoft has recently kicked forward their Software+Services, which for the you-and-me audience is a "Web 2.

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I've written from time to time about Apple and their rumoured tablet devices, applications for tablet PC's, multi-touch and Surface, and all those touchy-feely concepts we've been hearing about, but when do we get to actually see them?

Microsoft has recently kicked forward their Software+Services, which for the you-and-me audience is a "Web 2.0 online application with a bit of client software somewhere" including Office Live, Windows Live and a future Windows Strata (codenamed 'Cloud' as mentioned here, here and here).

A video has come to light which shows this new Software+Services in some sort of action, although we may not see why for a while. The interesting thing though, is they're showing off a new Tablet PC prototype with a video demonstrating a new educational tool. Although the graphics look pretty swish, it seems to do what the bloke demonstrating it says, although the YouTube quality of it doesn't bode too well for it. For us viewing, it's something we can say, "ooh, shiny" but, "shame there's probably more chance a bunch of Bebo users to be the first people to get in touch with extra-terrestrial life than the mass of scientists and telescopic power on the planet."

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Tablet PC's at the moment are a great way for students to interact with models, bodies, even theories. Using the power of hands-on computing, it can transform how a course is taught and evolve the entire learning process. Undergraduate medical students can see a heart, touch it, move it around and see what it looks like up close. Electronics students can manipulate circuitry and see where paths don't connect. Architects could even be able to use the force of their finger to simulate a gust of wind and the effect it has on a building structure.

It's clear to see that Microsoft and other companies are creating new technologies every day, new hardware and prototypes. What annoys the hell out of me is that the application running on this new tablet concept will probably never see the light of day, even though it could transform how students learn a subject.

So why can't these concepts that are shown in videos like these be released? Why are we not using the power of touch computing to enhance how we learn? If you work at Microsoft, get in touch - I want to shout at you.

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Topics: Laptops, Hardware, Microsoft, Mobility, Tablets

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  • Excellent video! (NT)

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    P. Douglas
  • RE: Microsoft's 'conceptual touch designs'

    Apple does not have a clue about how to do high end graphics or design stuff or how to use the full power available in the touch screen world. Microsoft has been doing touch stuff a long time. The reason it has only started to be noticed is that the gizmos that can use touch or verbal commands are just now hitting the streets.

    They are about to get schooled on that as the next round of touch enabled devices, most of which will be on newer hardware and have far more power than Apple gizmos have and if you need them you can easily find touch enabled and voice enabled boxes on the shelves out there that use Vista as a base.

    The hardware has finally become powerful enough to use these alternative to a mouse and keyboard practices.
    progon
  • Enough concepts, and more execution

    Microsoft: We've had enough high and mighty concepts from you to last a decade.

    How about you take an idea, execute the concept into a well-designed product, and release something (anything!!!) into the marketplace that isn't a rehashed version of Windows or Office.

    Ya think you can manage that?
    croberts
  • RE: Microsoft's 'conceptual touch designs'

    uh! Microsoft is primarily a software company, and they release a LOT of software regularly. They spend the money to get the technology developed and let other people profit off it so they can put their software on it. Just spend a couple of hours on microsoft research.
    shadfurman