…" />

Lookout — Microsoft just invented something big

Share this Article


Ok — all you Apple Computer fans / MS haters — all of you gather around and lets say this together: “Oh… I never thought they could!”

Microsoft unveiled a very interesting new technology today that they call “Surface Computing”. Rather than write up a long boring post, I will point you to this review, a video (below) and the official website.

These tables will cost U.S.$5000 – $10,000, so I could certainly expect some people from DHA Lahore to have them installed soon.

“Blue Monster” Image by Gaping Void.

Facebook comments:


  • MS didn’t “invent” this technology.. i know of 6 different university level research programs working on “Gesture interface design” and “multi-touch interface design” .. on top of that if you search multi-touch interface on youtube you will get a lot of demos. Since 1990’s a lot of interest has been in this field related to HCI.

    BUT what is interesting is how MS has used the technology to produce a product out of it. Given that this product will be heavily used by big companies to display their products and interact with customers .. the average joe doesn’t really need a coffee table like this yet 😉 (can we put a cup of coffee on this table?)

    I think MS is doing a great thing its nice to see this product its refreshing but credit of the actual technology goes to other researchers and credit for making the WOW impressive product goes to MS..

    Now, MS send me a demo product to test 😉

  • I was referring to inventing a product, not the tech — Building a better version of an existing product (ahem.. apple I’m looking at your iphone) is one thing — conceptualizing something entirely new is another.

    The average joe doesn’t NEED a Supra to drive to work either, but they WANT it. That’s what makes luxury items successful.

  • Have you seen Paycheck and Minority Report? and the recent Ufone ad? Now, thats what I call technology :)

  • hey that’s a brilliant cartoon too! :)

  • Steve! Wow, good to see you here.

    Yes the Blue Monster concept is great and its good that you’re involved with Hugh on this — although I’d love to know how your specific roles with it.

    Any advice a Microsoft veteran like yourself has for would-be entrepreneurs with regards to changing their own societies / countries for the better?

  • Absolutely wicked tech!
    I can see this, combined with photosynth change the world of computing and user interaction dramatically over the next couple of years.

  • All they did was put it on a table and slap some branding on it. It’s been around for several years.


  • Wicked cool! Intelligent surfaces will surround us, to sense when we’re out of coffee creamer and send an impulse to the grocery store to order more, and make your to-do list for you. AWESOME!

  • @Jason DeFillippo,

    ‘All they did’ was create a marketable product from fundamental knowledge from MIT and Jef Han (among others).

    That pretty much covers 80% of the development.

  • Yes it is easy to always look at “inventing technology” as innovation. I think the bigger harder task, especially for a large company like MS, is to beat the corporate politics and get enough vision alignment among executives to create a whole new commercial product category.

  • What MS has done is really not new. The idea is around since 80’s. Such work is not only being conducted at MIT but also at many other universities in USA and Canada. Dudney’s (UWO)2-dimensional world is a related concept of late 70’s. Important thing is what are the practical implications of this technology. It could be much more than what we can presently imagine!

Leave a Reply


Recent Posts

  • Events General Mobile Apps Container Run a continuation of politically motivated apps

    Container Run a continuation of politically motivated apps

    First we had Angry Imran which brought smiles and some short lived fun for us during the election campaign. Then came Gullu Butt following the incident of Model Town Lahore, which stayed on top of charts (Pakistan play store) for quite some while. Also Gullu Butt made an update with having the famous “Aam Khaiyga” quote form Aamir Liaqat in which a character resembling Aamir Liaqt throws mangoes and the Gullu Butt character tries to catch them. Gullu butt currently has more than 100,000 Installs

    And now during this extremely politically tense situation which had the whole nation on its toes on 14th August we have another app continuing the …

    Read more →
  • Announcements Featured Startup General Meritaleem.com aims to help student make better decision regarding their future.

    Meritaleem.com aims to help student make better decision regarding their future.

    MeriTaleem.com aims to solve an age old problem for our students, where to go next?

    If you have just completed your primary school which college to pick, if you have completed your college which university to pick. There has always been lack of information or rather consolidated information regarding these questions. The best source till now has always been relatives and friends (mostly of your parents). So some uncle did CA and made a good living you should talk to him and decide, or daughter of my sister completed her medical and is practicing follow that career.

    The fact that online presence of our existing universities are limited and not …

    Read more →
  • General Mobile Apps Eccentria Technologies launches an app which shoots to the top of the charts

    Eccentria Technologies launches an app which shoots to the top of the charts

    Whoa!! this was quick so Eccentia technologies launched an app a few days ago called “Ajj Kia Pakaen” or what to cook today and today it has reached the top of charts for Pakistani Stores on iTunes and google play store.

    “Ajj Kia Pakaen” is the most common question asked at every house hold in the morning. The ladies of the family have a hard time deciding what to cook for the day. The app has a fun interface and is simple to use, you fire it up, and it gives you an option of what to cook for the day, if you like the option you can check the …

    Read more →
  • Coffee Session General Marketing/Adv Rise of facebook marketing in Pakistan

    Rise of facebook marketing in Pakistan


    Until a few years back we used to have closed groups and forums, which gathered the like minded people and anyone targeting the online audience would tap into that forum and market his/her services. So PakGamers , PakPassion initially even PakWheels used to be driven by members talking about what they loved, people used to create marketing and sales opportunities from within those discussions (so you could get a good router cheap or a gaming PC etc).
    The advent of facebook changed all that, most of the forum goers moved to the new social media. It also made a very attractive market place for some one who does not …

    Read more →
  • General Getting back

    Getting back

    I  have been out of blogging for a long long long time, a lot of things happening on personal front (including a little startup I have ben doing my self). However during my absence I met a lot of people who had followed GreenWhite at its peak, read the articles regularly.

    I had hope there would be some one else who would come ahead and cover everything going on and around us in the local tech world. There are some guys doing a great job, but for some reason I still could not find one source where I can go and read about everything, so my routine usually is to …

    Read more →
  • General Mobile Apps Software & I.T. GeniTeam launches official app for Pakistan Idol

    GeniTeam launches official app for Pakistan Idol

    GeniITeam has successfully launched an official app for PakistanIdol. This is one of the first collaboration between a reality game show and a local app development company. I am sure a lot more would follow. Previously we have seen seenreport becoming the basis of mostly all channels citizen reporting system (Like Geo Dost). This is a healthy sign and with the advent of 3G round the corner it should become a business generator for our local firms.

    App allows you to follow the contestants that you like, promote them, comment on live feedback on an episode. It offers official content from the show since it is developed with partnership with …

    Read more →
  • General 10Pearls and National Geographic Release A Geography Challenge App

    10Pearls and National Geographic Release A Geography Challenge App

    10Pearls, one of the leading Pakistani IT companies, has recently added another feather to its cap. This time, in partnership with National Geographic, 10Pearls has released the new and improved GeoBee Challenge App – an interactive app to challenge and grow the geographic knowledge of the users.

    Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The competition is designed to encourage geography in the classroom, ignite student interest in the world around them, and increase public awareness about geography. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test …

    Read more →
  • General 10Pearls Spins Off Game Plan8

    10Pearls Spins Off Game Plan8

    It’s heartening to see that Pakistani IT companies have now started to diversify themselves into non traditional areas, and are competing with global players in areas such as gaming. We have received information that 10Pearls, one of the leading  mobile and enterprise web development services companies in Pakistan, has spun-off a separate entity focused solely on developing and publishing casual mobile games.  The new entity, Game Plan8, will focus on creating 2D and 3D games for the iOS, Google Android, Kindle, Facebook and other platforms. Details can be seen on the company’s official press release at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/12/prweb11428177.htm


    Read more →
  • General Telecom CCP Gives Guidelines Against Telecom Companies’ Deceptive Marketing

    CCP Gives Guidelines Against Telecom Companies’ Deceptive Marketing

    If only were there two things when it comes to the law, firstly the fear of breaking it and by passing the legal authority, and secondly, implementation of the law given full dedication, there would have been less competency and dishonesty in business and society. However, keeping good faith, the Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) has put forward “Deceptive Marketing Guidelines” which will maintain the Section 10 of the Competition Act, 2010. In order to enforce this part of the law and stop anti-competitive conduct on part of the telecom companies in advertising, the guidelines have been shared with Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and other concerned telecommunication sector members, in …

    Read more →