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  • Surface group on LinkedIn

    Posted on March 29th, 2009 Thibaut No comments

    As no belgian community was existing on LinkedIn about Surface, I decided to create the group Microsoft Surface Belgian Developers. First member of this group is a well-known personality in the belgian (and also international) web sphere : Brice Le Blévennec, founder of Emakina, a previous company I worked for. Promoted as manager of the group, his rich network will be a huge benefit, enabling to bring belgian developers and companies interested in Surface together.

    So join the group now if you’re a belgian guy or company interested in Surface !


  • Surface : your first app

    Posted on March 26th, 2009 Thibaut No comments, one of the largest french developers community, has published an article/tutorial on how to build Surface apps. This is one of the first Surface tutorials available right now. This article should be also understandable by the non-french speaking guys out there as the screenshots and the code are full english. To know more about, just follow the link ;)


  • Companies already using Surface

    Posted on March 24th, 2009 Thibaut 2 comments

    Although Surface is still new (not even shipped in Europe yet), some companies are already using it. AT&T, famous American phone operator, is using Surface in some of its shops. The table, surrounded by cell phones, enable customers to get information about a phone by dropping it on the table or even comparing two models when layed on Surface. Pretty cool !

    The table is also used in some casinos and iBars as the picture below shows. Click on the picture for more info.

    Also note that Londonian restaurant Inamo, using interactive tables. More information here.


  • Surface : the potential

    Posted on March 23rd, 2009 Thibaut No comments
    Microsoft Surface In my last post, I said that, according to me, Surface has a great potential. Here’s why :
    • Surface is a kind of revolution in the way people use computers. In fact, computers are designed for one user (and that’s why we call them personal computers). They do not allow multiple users at the same time. Surface does. And it’s a real big difference. Instead of showing pictures of your latest vacation on your computer, with people getting bored because you switch between pictures too slowly (or too fast), or because they would have liked you to rotate, zoom, … let them decide on which ones they would like to see and manipulate them as they wish. This video is a great illustration of this, where people naturally manipulate pictures their way
    • Surface is a more natural way of using computers. You don’t have an intermediate device such as the mouse and complex user interface to perform operations. Let’s take the example of the picture application again : you only have to touch things, although they are virtual of course, but the interaction if far more natural this way, using your fingers. You virtually eliminate that intermediate device to interact with the computer (I say virtually because surface is the intermediate device, but you don’t feel like you’re using one)
    • Surface has many very interesting applications. Just watch the videos on the official website to make your opinion. Personally, I just find totally great that you can order your dish at a restaurant by choosing it on a table, dropping your camera with pictures instantly popping out, and copying them to another device by drag/dropping pictures on another device laying on the table. What about putting your drink on the table with information telling you what’s inside ? Or performing bank operations by laying, you and a friend, your credit cards on the table and drag/dropping dishes that you’ve ordered on the card which will pay for this ? These are really cool features
    • You can develop for Surface using existing technologies such as WPF, so you don’t have to learn a completely new development SDK. Adoption rate should then be really fast


  • Surface at the Techdays

    Posted on March 23rd, 2009 Thibaut 1 comment

    I had the chance to test Microsoft Surface at the latest Techdays edition. I’m particularly interested in this new device which, according to me, is the future of the lounge table and will surely also find its way in restaurants and other public places. Often thought as a gadget at first sight (me included), this experiment really allowed me to realize that it’s far more than that. I’ll explain in a future post why I think this table has a great potential (I’ve created a section specially dedicated to Surface), but in the meantime, you can watch the videos I’ve taken to make your own opinion.