Microsoft Surface 2.0 revealed

At an early peek before their keynote at CES 2011 later today, Microsoft showed a "Surface 2.0" device off on stage to the press.

Microsoft Surface was revealed a few years ago, as a massive table computer which failed to take hold in the market, with only a few thousand devices being shipped. The technology is now becoming dated, as it ran on Windows Vista, and had not been updated since it's first official debut. 

Today, when Microsoft showed off it's new "Surface 2.0" device, it was a mountable interactive LCD screen, with the "largest piece of gorilla glass in any device" according to CrunchGear, who say that “You can drop a beer bottle on this this from 18 inches without making so much as a dent.” Every pixel in the new Surface device is a sensor, using a technology called "Pixel Sense" which allows the device to "see" things, though Microsoft isn't letting on how that works yet.

In the same early peek, Microsoft also showed off Windows 8 running on System on a Chip architecture, and we revealed the build numbers that Microsoft is using internally right now.

Not much more is known about the device or software right now, but we expect to see more tonight at Microsoft's Keynote, which we'll be covering live at 6pm PST.

Image Credit: Long Zheng / CrunchGear

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F**** I only just started building my Multi touch surface and OS. It was way better than surface 1 but surface 2x leaves us with no competing edge

a big-ass tablet ... wait, I remember this waaay before the iPad (Warning: Please allow your joke detectors to be on)

that looks great, cant wait for the keynote.

On the screen though, I remember reading something about a MS research project which split each pixel into 4 not 3, so you have RGB and a light sensory which could be used to detect touches. Probably not it but seems a bit similar.

I think the physical touching of the screen is holding it back, they should do something with the kinect that allows them to do all of these gestures without having to physically touch the screen.

carson2255 said,
I think the physical touching of the screen is holding it back, they should do something with the kinect that allows them to do all of these gestures without having to physically touch the screen.

I dunno, I think they could, but people still like to physically touch things or hold things in their hands, it's just our nature. Kinect support works for a future 3.0 feature maybe but they don't call this the "surface" for nothing, you interact with it directly.

The best thing is how they cut away all the old balk and made it basically like an older flatpanel TV from a few years back. That's a nice jump I'll say, if they can make it even thinner like some of the newer thin TVs out now it'll be a hit for the right price.

carson2255 said,
I think the physical touching of the screen is holding it back, they should do something with the kinect that allows them to do all of these gestures without having to physically touch the screen.

I'd have to go with GP on this; people just love to touch things. At our local science museum they have a table with a projector and camera object above it. You can interact with it (it either senses movement or the shadows on the table, not sure which), however almost everybody who goes near it tries to touch it. It's the exact reason why they have a worker there to say "Just move your arms, it doesn't respond to touch."

oh man, think interactive 3d-boardgames on these

And in the pub/bar; it could automatically order you a new beer when the glass was empty, if it could detect that;)

morphen said,
oh man, think interactive 3d-boardgames on these

And in the pub/bar; it could automatically order you a new beer when the glass was empty, if it could detect that;)

There is a restaurant where the menu appears on the surface of the table and you order from there; I saw the video a while ag but I am not sure where it was. If I remember correctly it was London but not sure.

thartist said,
If i owned a restaurant; let me see...
The 10k screen menu vs the cardboard menu...

10k screen looks more impressive if you're trying to sell to millionaires.