Earlier today, we reported that Microsoft has placed a giant version of its Surface 2 tablet, measuring at 17 feet tall and 27 feet wide, in the heart of London. Now Microsoft has offered more information on this new publicity stunt for the Windows RT 8.1 tablet, which we reviewed earlier this week.
Microsoft's press release says that the massive structure, placed inTrafalgar Square, was created by a company called Helix, which have made sets for many TV shows and movies, including one of our personal favorites, "Hot Fuzz". 22 team members worked a total of 13 days to make the giant Surface 2, which included a fully working keyboard.
The press release added:
“To create a working Surface at this scale is an extraordinary undertaking” said event producer Boz Temple-Morris ”very few people could do it. I think Helix’s experience working in a world of film stands them in good stead as they are used to fulfilling the grand visions of the director!”
The folks who were lucky enough to walk by the huge tablet in Trafalgar Square also had the chance to help reproduce a painting found inside London's National Gallery on its giant screen. It's too bad that this structure was apparently made just for one day in one location. We wouldn't mind seeing the big Surface 2 go on tour here in the U.S.
Update: Microsoft has uploaded a time-lapse video showing the Surface tablet being put into place in London today
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