The New York Times’ Magic MirrorDale Wright
Is your iPad 2 starting to look a little… well, small? Do you need something a bit bigger?
Something that will really dominate your entire kitchen?
Microsoft’s Surface tablet is designed to lie flat on any – er – surface, giving you a water
resistant, interactive table top that makes the iPad look like a first class stamp in comparison.
The newer Surface 2 can also be wall-mounted as it’s slimmer than the first version at just 4 inches thick. It measures 40 inches across and displays full HD.
Surface 2 isn’t technically a touchscreen, and it doesn’t have a camera – it can ‘see’ anything that touches it thanks to LED sensors around the edge. That means it can react to human movement, but it can also ‘read’ printed pages that are laid on the screen. Some of this technology, branded as PixelSense, seems to be partially borrowed from Kinect if the video below is anything to go by.
Most current users of Surface are advertisers and conference centres, and the City of
Manchester is also using Surface 1 in its visitors information centre. Last week, journalists at the New York Times released a video of Surface 1 being used as a ‘magic mirror’ which recognises a user’s face and offers suggestions on what to wear. Remember: this is the version 1 with the camera, before PixelSense was added, but it gives you an idea of what Surface technology could be used for in the home.
Would you hang a tablet in your bathroom? More to the point, would you trust it to get you
dressed in a morning?