Beyond the Surface

NOON -- Of course, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) has an answer to the multi-touch interface that's on the Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPhone. They've been giving the public sneak peeks of "surface computing" for a couple of years, and the technology got its formal release yesterday, including a spot on The Today Show.

Popular Mechanics got a good look at the stuff back in March. Here's a pretty cool demo video from the current issue.

Research into this kind of interface has been going on since the 80s, as the video says. And I recall seeing a primitive version of the tabletop idea years ago, out here in the Valley. I don't have to tell you where, right?

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

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