Quite a while back (maybe a year) I saw a great video on YouTube that demonstrated a new user interface that used a touch screen like never before. They likened it to the awesome UI from the movie The Minority Report where guys drag “objects” around computer screen by hand. Sure, the one in the movie was MUCH cooler then this, but this was a step in the right direction.
Today I worked from home which meant that I got to watch a bit of the Today Show before starting work. Much to my surprise, they did a segment with Bill Gates where he introduced Microsoft Surface. This is a pretty similar concept to the original product I saw a year ago. Of course, I have no idea if they are similar beneath the hood.
This is definitely worth checking out. They said it would be available in retail uses this soon but not for home users to play with for 2 more years.
Lastly, I thought I would have a scoop on this since I doubt many other people who work watch the Today Show. But I was scooped by Scott Cate. He also mentions seeing this at the Microsoft Museum (I’ve never been there) and he also notes that it uses Flash, not Silverlight! Now that is interesting.