Microsoft Surface 2 promo ad hits the web

Microsoft unveiled their new Surface 2 table on Wednesday during their live stream of the keynote press conference. The all new design is much thinner, has improved touch accuracy, and does it all at a faster pace than the previous model.

The Microsoft Surface 2 is only 4-inches thick and uses a new technology developed by Microsoft called PixelSense. The new technology allows for the table to track your every movement and can even read text off a piece of paper.

The new Microsoft Surface 2 promo ad demonstrates the power behind the device with the ability to collaborate on projects, design landscapes in a real-time environment, and even read simple things like a business cards. The table can detect small objects, read barcodes like the original surface can, and detect multiple points of contact.

Stay tuned later as Neowin will gets a hands-on with the Surface 2 demo.

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i tried surface 1.0 in store it was great, but on another note, the surfaces in the demonstrations seem to load apps extremely slow

I really loved the concept of the surface but a whole deep table required for it to work was really off putting, to now have it in something that looks to be almost as a thin as a plasma tv is awesome!
This could mean that their laptop screen they were working on could not be far away as that was meant to slim the surface down but when I last saw a video on it looked about as thick as this

Shiranui said,
If they sell it for under $2000, then it will be my next coffee table.

A commercial Microsoft Surface unit is $12,500 (unit only), whereas a developer Microsoft Surface unit costs $15,000 and includes a developer unit, five seats and support

And that is Surface 1.0

aftas said,

And that is Surface 1.0

Dayam!
I would think the technological advances (ie. the dispensing with the cameras) in 2.0 would bring the price down considerably, but it sounds like a $2000 coffee table is still somewhat unrealistic.

So much for google and Apple being innovative. I mean, and blooggers and WSJ are in love with Steve Job that anything that is not Apple is less that innovative. Good thing I do not need reviews and blogger to make jugdement on what good products are.

Actually I haven't met Surface 1 anywhere else than in the local MS offices - where it lies as a part of SuperOffice concept

Are they anywhere except from MS offices / stores and a couple of hotel lobbies?

smachat said,
Actually I haven't met Surface 1 anywhere else than in the local MS offices - where it lies as a part of SuperOffice concept

Are they anywhere except from MS offices / stores and a couple of hotel lobbies?

AT&T has supposed to have them.

I've had a play on Surface 1.0 back at work, awesome bit of kit but very bulky.

Nice to know its getting the form factor it deserves, and continues to impress

I would get one to replace our kitchen table or put it in our island but even at the reduced $7k, its too pricey. This would have to come down to less than $2500 for me to consider it. Probably 2 years away with SoC based Windows system and improved display production.

JohnCz said,
I would get one to replace our kitchen table or put it in our island but even at the reduced $7k, its too pricey. This would have to come down to less than $2500 for me to consider it. Probably 2 years away with SoC based Windows system and improved display production.

Surface 2 is 7k? I hadn't seen a price... It's pretty cool. I wish I could get one.

Surface is really cool. I was playing with the 1st on at the Microsoft Store. I wish my company I work for would buy one. Though I guess it's not needed.

Looks good! Played with the current Surface 1 device a few years ago in a hotel in New York. Fun way to kill time whilst waiting to leave for the airport. Shame the tech never made it to a standard consumer level, would be a lot of fun to have one at home.

The most impressive part was in the video yesterday when they showed the debugging view of what happens when they lay a piece of paper with text on it. I dont know what the resolution or limits of it are yet, but it would be great if you could just lay reports or images right on top of it and then it would be put into your computer system instantly.

reidtheweed01 said,
The most impressive part was in the video yesterday when they showed the debugging view of what happens when they lay a piece of paper with text on it. I dont know what the resolution or limits of it are yet, but it would be great if you could just lay reports or images right on top of it and then it would be put into your computer system instantly.

Yes, it's called a flatbed scanner... a totally new invention

reidtheweed01 said,
The most impressive part was in the video yesterday when they showed the debugging view of what happens when they lay a piece of paper with text on it. I dont know what the resolution or limits of it are yet, but it would be great if you could just lay reports or images right on top of it and then it would be put into your computer system instantly.

That would need OCR software which isn't cheap or reliable. Still, interesting concept.

TCLN Ryster said,

Yes, it's called a flatbed scanner... a totally new invention

Well it is. Have you ever seen a flatbed in that form factor that can see the whole scan surface at the same time and at an appreciable frame rate?

Sraf said,

Well it is. Have you ever seen a flatbed in that form factor that can see the whole scan surface at the same time and at an appreciable frame rate?

Yes but it is not going to do 600dpi.

There is an iPad joke to be made here... I just can't find it.

"Microsoft proving they can one-up apple's big ipod..." I don't know...

AgentGray said,
There is an iPad joke to be made here... I just can't find it.

"Microsoft proving they can one-up apple's big ipod..." I don't know...

Surface was in development and its early stages long before the giant iPhone was ever conceived in Steve Job's mind.

AgentGray said,
There is an iPad joke to be made here... I just can't find it.

"Microsoft proving they can one-up apple's big ipod..." I don't know...

Of course you don't know... anything

Eraknelo said,
Nice! Can't wait to have this as my dining table, and spill hot coffee all over it

Actually, according to the keynote last night, they're built for that.

Eraknelo said,
Nice! Can't wait to have this as my dining table, and spill hot coffee all over it

Why do you want to spill hot coffee on it?

Eraknelo said,
Nice! Can't wait to have this as my dining table, and spill hot coffee all over it

Will be perfect for pr0n - just wipe after use.

Frylock86 said,

Actually, according to the keynote last night, they're built for that.

Wat? They are built for spilling coffee over them? Don't they serve any mean purpose other than spilling coffee?