Microsoft's Surface Steps Out With Samsung SUR40

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Remember Surface? That's Microsoft's over-the-top tabletop, and while most installations have been far too pricey for the average consumer, the Samsung SUR40 is taking one step closer to making it more acceptable. It's the next generation is Surface, and it's available for pre-order through Samsung resellers in 23 countries worldwide including the United States, via the Samsung Electronics website at http://www.samsunglfd.com/solution/sur40.do. Initially unveiled by Samsung and Microsoft earlier this year, the Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface features PixelSense technology, which gives LCD panels the power to see without the use of cameras.

The Samsung SUR40 with PixelSense technology makes it possible for people to share, collaborate and explore together using a large, thin display. Recognizing up to 50 points of simultaneous touch, including fingers, hands and other objects placed on the screen, it has been well-received by new and existing Surface customers as companies such as Dassault Aviation, Fujifilm Corp. and Royal Bank of Canada prepare to deploy units around the globe in early 2012. The Samsung SUR40 continues to capture the attention of industry influencers, from international businesses to media outlets. Announced earlier this week, the next-generation device was named a 2011 “Best of What’s New” award winner by Popular Science magazine and is featured in a special awards issue currently on newsstands.


Software developers interested in creating solutions for the Samsung SUR40 can get started immediately by visiting the Surface Developer Center. The site provides free and easy access to the Surface 2.0 software developer kit, featuring the Input Simulator, which enables developers to write Surface applications on any Windows 7 machine, as well as other helpful developer-related resources. There are already hundreds of highly skilled Surface software development partners that can be found at http://www.surface.com.

Pre-orders are available to commercial businesses in 23 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States. Product availability in additional markets is expected in the coming months.
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LLeCompte replied on Fri, Nov 18 2011 10:12 AM

i wonder how fun beer pong would be on this thing?

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rapid1 replied on Fri, Nov 18 2011 10:59 AM

I remember seeing these touch displays a while ago. My opinion is the same awesome concept pretty much the same as any all in one touch screen computer though right. Well except it is branded by Microsoft!

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Manduh replied on Fri, Nov 18 2011 11:40 AM

They are very cool and would be awesome to have in a home office! I'd use it with a desk stand, or even a wall mount like in the video on their product webpage. I think using it flat as a table top all the time wouldn't be very good on the neck, but for small meetings it would be a great set up.

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Manduh replied on Fri, Nov 18 2011 6:42 PM

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"Almost Nine Grand for this puppy. "

I know eh!! It would be a small price to pay for a lot of companies though.  

However, unless they came down in price before they were available for personal use, I couldn't see someone justifying that purchase to their significant other LOL

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AKwyn replied on Fri, Nov 18 2011 6:58 PM

Well think of it this way, at least the stuff shown on the Microsoft video and the sarcastic gamer video can actually be experienced in consumers homes... Well the homes of rich people but at least those rich people can brag that they have a Microsoft Surface tablet to do all sorts of things on.

 

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Manduh:
I know eh!! It would be a small price to pay for a lot of companies though.  

"Thats true. This would make a great addition to any office or business entrance in places such as Beverly Hills, Park Avenue, any luxury hotel and even in theme parks and Malls, to be used as interactive guides and product show case. We tend to always think of the limits of our budgets, but there are many people and businesses with deep pockets that don't think twice about  purchasing something as cool as this. Wish I was in that category, r0FL." 

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AKwyn replied on Fri, Nov 18 2011 8:44 PM

Manduh:
I know eh!! It would be a small price to pay for a lot of companies though.  

Companies like T-Mobile and a couple of upscale restaurants if I remember correctly have bought some of these things and placed it in most of their prominent stores. Why it isn't in anywhere else, I don't know, I'm guessing their waiting for their devices to come down in price so that they can be easily fixable but the places they do use it show that it is useful...

I do admire that those companies have money to spend, especially the supposedly cashed strapped T-Mobile... Again, the companies that do have a lot of money are willing to spend it but they don't want to risk their money on something that is still in it's infamy; despite it being 4 years after this thing was introduced...

Let's hope next year, it'll be cheap enough for both parties to afford.

 

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omegadraco replied on Sun, Nov 20 2011 10:31 AM

I would love to see a few of these things in classrooms :) I mean we have smart interactive boards but they require a projection and I really hate their software. Imaging doing a lab experiment on on of these suckers.

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Manduh replied on Sun, Nov 20 2011 10:55 AM

They definitely would be useful for colleges and universities. (I wouldn't trust highschoolers with a $9k piece of equipment though lol)

And actually a lot of Universities are already using the Microsoft Surface in the U.S. and the UK. For an example the University of Massachusetts is using one for their robotics technology. >Here's an interesting article<

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