Microsoft Surface Table

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The original Microsoft Surface is an interactive coffee table that retailed for $10,000. It was first demonstrated in May 2007, five years before the Surface devices we know today.

The table was not meant for consumer use, but rather with libraries and other open spaces in mind. Two versions were released; v1.0 in 2008, and v2 in 2012 when it was renamed Pixel Sense.

It runs a custom version of Windows Vista, and uses a projector for its picture, making its power consumption rather high.

It uses infra-red sensors and cameras to precisely detect fingers and objects, this does mean some lag is present, but the advantage is that the screen is covered with acrylic, meaning it is safe from heavy blows and spills.

The table today is very rare, and a good glimpse of where Microsoft would be going with their later Surface products.

Manufacturer: Microsoft
Date: 2008

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