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Microsoft Surface 2.0 is now available for Pre-Order if you have a big enough piggy bank. The 40″ 1920×1080 device is powered by an AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core 245e running at 2.9 GHz and driving the display through the AMD HD6750M.

Being targeted at the retail business market, the Surface carries a hefty price point. Some of the many uses are to create walk through of plane interiors to create flight plans for said aircraft, entice customers into Brick and Mortar establishments, and to create immersive photobooks.

These are just a few of the things that are being done with Surface. If the price point were to come down so that the average person could afford them, you could see them in everything from counter tops to coffee tables. Automotive, education, finance, healthcare, hospitality and retail are just some of the industries that can utilize the abilities of Surface.

Where Surface 1.0 relied on multiple cameras to detect input, the new Surface 2.0 uses what Microsoft calls PixelSense. PixelSense allows an LCD display to recognize fingers, hands, and objects placed on the screen, including more than 50 simultaneous touch points. With PixelSense, pixels in the display see what’s touching the screen and that information is immediately processed and interpreted. This can allow more than one person to operate the display when necessary.

In a residential setting, I can see this being used in smart homes to control the lighting, heating, air and other day-to-day tasks. Imagine sitting down on your couch and being able to just glance at your coffee table  and see the current news, weather, CCTV of your driveway or anything else that would be convenient such as raising or lowering the window blinds.


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