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Mar 19

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Earlier today I was at the MSDN Live Oslo conference (earlier post about MSDN Live Oslo) and between the sessions we went around to the stands that several Microsoft partners had in the lobby area.  On one of the stands they had the Microsoft Surface table displayed. Along with my colleague and other curious conference attendees we tested the Surface table for quite a while.

It didn’t take me long fall in love with this table! We played around testing the applications installed and exploring the possibilities. I think this table had 32 touch points so several persons could use the table at the same time. At one time we were 5 persons using the music player. We could look at albums, send songs to the play list and easily send an album over to the person on the other side of the table. My thought about this: I want this integrated in my living room table! Can you imagine how cool it would be if you are throwing a party and all your guests can browse your music albums and together make the ultimate play list :)

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I also like the application for reading electronic newspapers. This is almost the same as with the music player. Several persons can read different newspapers and if you find an interesting article you want one of the others to read you can send it to him/her with just a wipe with your finger.

We also tested the world map application which was very good and responsive. I can imagine this must be the perfect tool for people with a desire to rule the world. The world is literary in your hands.
I wonder when Microsoft Surface table will be available for a reasonable cost and design that suits my personal needs?

PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS
Surface unit including display and housing (L x W x H)
42.5 x 27 x 21 inches/108 x 69 x 54 cm

With metal panels: 180 pounds/82 kg

With acrylic panels: 198 pounds/90 kg

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Display
• Type: 30-inch XGA DLP® projector
• ATI X1650 graphics card with 256 MB of memory
• Maximum resolution: 1024 x 768
• Lamp mean-life expectancy: 6,000+ hours
• Maximum pressure on the display: 50 pounds per square inch/3.5 kg per cm
• Maximum load: 200 pounds

Input Devices

• Camera-based vision system with LED infrared direct illumination Computing System
• 2.13-GHz Intel® CoreTM 2 Duo processor
• Memory: 2 GB dual-channel DDR2
• Storage: Minimum 250 GB SATA hard-disk drive

Audio

• Output type: Stereo fl at panel built-in speakers
• Output compliant standards: Stereo
• Input: None

Network Protocols and Standards

• Network adapter: Intel Gb LAN
• Wireless LAN connectivity supported: Yes
• Networking and Data Protocols: IEEE802.11b, IEEE802.11g, Bluetooth 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet

I/O Connections

• 2 headphone jacks
• 6 USB 2.0 ports
• RGB component video
• S-VGA video (DB15 external VGA connector)
• Component audio
• Ethernet port (Gigabit Ethernet card [10/100/1000])
• External monitor port
• Bays for routing cables
• On/Standby power button

AC Input Ratings

• AC input: 100-240 VAC, 50/60Hz, 10A, 650W

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