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Ooh, this is the next version of the surface computer by M$. Apparently each pixel is now a detector instead of an infrared LED array.

The video looks good and the potential is there. But if you build it, will people come?

Maybe Apple should develop something the same thing. Then it might have a chance for popular adoption!


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It’s been a while since I have heard anything worthwhile about Microsoft’s Surface. A project for kids at the Smithsonian resurfaces Surface.

Surface computing was something we used to showcase at the MxL (I think it was almost two years ago!) but it almost seems long in the tooth when you consider the rise of the iPad.

The Surface applications at the Smithsonian are powerful examples of human-computer interaction and media consumption. But surface computing and the iPad can be so much more than that. They can be used to search, share, collaborate and create in ways that make current methods look ancient and inefficient.

Perhaps this is something to include on the CeL’s agenda under yet another initiative…

I just can’t let go of surface computing…

NewScientist has an article on how LEGO-like blocks might be used to bring a third dimension to touch or surface computing. The checkers example was pointless, but the photo editing application was actually useful!

The only problem I see with physical blocks is that the surface computer must be table-like. The concept doesn’t apply to surface computers that hang like pictures or are inclined like some desks.


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I no longer dabble with multitouch/surface computing, but I continue to admire the efforts of those who do!

Ideum’s video showcases a fair bit of exploratory work. But I can see the surface computer used to greater effect for collaborative learning!


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I no longer have the resources, support or energy to develop our multitouch surface prototype at the MxL.

But I am glad that others like 10/Gui are developing solutions for what is the not-too-distant future of human-computer interaction. Don’t believe me? Check out what companies like HP and Sony are up to in this TechCrunch article.

What would I learn without RSS? Very little! RSS is one of my personal PD (professional development) tools and with it I learn or get something reinforced every day!

One blog I follow is Chris Dawson’s. He recently asked how important is 1:1 to literacy? He doesn’t have all the answers (no one does), but he asks some pretty good questions. He has a follow-up today on getting your teachers started with 1:1.

On his blog today was a feature on virtual autopsies via surface computing. Another of my favourites! Surface computing, that is, not autopsies! Alas, I have practically abandoned my efforts in surface computing due to a lack of support.


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I think that surface computing is not only more intuitive, it also promotes other literacies because you must be able to manage, manipulate and create with digital media. These might include the interpretation of various types of images or the creation of videos or screencasts to illustrate ideas and processes.

I wrote about BumpTop in April. It is in the news again now that Windows 7 nears release.


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I was excited about the possibilities BumpTop offered then and am more excited about it now. The iPhone and the iPod Touch transformed the way we interacted with mobile devices. I think that BumpTop (or something like it) will do the same thing for the way we interact with current computers.


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