"With Surface, we are creating more intuitive ways for people to interact with technology," Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft says in a release.
"We see this as a multibillion dollar category, and we envision a time when surface computing technologies will be pervasive, from tabletops and counters to the hallway mirror. Surface is the first step in realizing that vision," he points out.
Consumers will be able to interact with Surface in hotels, retail shops, restaurants and entertainment venues by the end of 2007.
At hotels, you can order a beverage during a meal at just a click of a button. You can quickly browse through music and drag favorite songs onto a personal play-list by moving a finger across the screen. You can download photos from your camera by just placing it on the tabletop, then play around with the digital images by just moving your fingers.