Monday, November 12, 2007

Small Surface Area

I appear to be one of the few people that just doesn't get Microsoft's "Surface" computer. I agree that it's a bitchin' piece of technology, and I have to imagine that somebody will eventually figure out how to make something interesting and relevant out of it. Once you think about it, it makes perfect sense that the UI for certain applications (such as 3D modeling) would be a hell of a lot easier to use if you could grab an object in two locations, rather than just one.

But given how MS is targeting Surface at hotels and casinos . . . I just don't see how they're going to get the critical mass that would be required to drop the price low enough to . . . well, achieve, critical mass. Especially with this new ("duh!") report that each installation is requiring significant custom software. All of that is guaranteed to drive the effective cost for each device well above the $10K initially reported.

OK, well maybe I'm not the only one who doesn't get it:

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