Microsoft’s “Surface” a PC in a coffee table

May 31 (Xinhuanet) — Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday at a technology conference in Carlsbad, Calif., introduced “Surface,” a coffee-table shaped computer that responds to touch and special bar codes attached to everyday objects.

    The interactive computers, which cost between 5,000 U.S. dollars and 10,000 dollars, are due to arrive in November in T-Mobile USA stores and properties owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. and Harrah’s Entertainment Inc.

    For all intents and purposes, Surface is a Windows Vista PC tucked inside a shiny black table base, topped with a 30-inch touchscreen in a clear acrylic frame. Five cameras that can sense nearby objects are mounted beneath the screen. Users can interact with the machine by touching or dragging their fingertips and objects such as paintbrushes across the screen, or by setting real-world items tagged with special bar-code labels on top of it

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