Popular Mechanics gives award to Windows 8 and Surface

In the "perhaps we are jumping the gun a bit" category comes word that Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system and its Surface tablet have been combined to receive an award well before both products have officially launched.

Popular Mechanics announced the winners of their 2012 Breakthrough Awards, and it named Windows 8 and Surface as one of its 10 "breakthrough" products for the year. In its listing, the well known media outlet stated:

This reinvention of the OS is a platform for a reinvention of the PC as well. Microsoft's new Surface series of tablets have keyboards built into their protective covers, and the Pro model offers the full versatility of a laptop.

While that sounds good, it's unlikely that Popular Mechanics got a chance to get their hands on one of Microsoft's Surface tablets for any length of time. It also doesn't mention the fact that the first version of the Surface, due to launch on October 26th, won't technically have Windows 8 installed, but its ARM-based brother Windows RT. We have emailed the media outlet to ask how they gave an award to a product that hasn't officially been released yet.

The same awards also gave a nod to the Leap gesture capturing PC hardware add-on from Leap Motion. Like the Surface, the Leap device has yet to be officially released and is not scheduled to be made available to the public until early 2013.

Source: Popular Mechanics | Image via Microsoft

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Brought to you by the same people that try so hard convince everyone that Bldg 7 was completely normal and routinely lie by omission. They're known to put the stamp of approval and proper spin on just about anything for governments/corporations. Enjoy.

Hahaiah said,
Brought to you by the same people that try so hard convince everyone that Bldg 7 was completely normal and routinely lie by omission. They're known to put the stamp of approval and proper spin on just about anything for governments/corporations. Enjoy.

What? That didn't even make sense...

There isn't even a building 7 on campus...

Shane Nokes said,

What? That didn't even make sense...

There isn't even a building 7 on campus...


He's talking about WTC 7. Don't encourage him or he might copy and paste facts from Prison Planet.

More Microsoft hate from John. Hey john, how do u know how much time PM spent with the Surface? Oh that's right, YOU DONT.

I guess a guy can't fall in love with a woman he's never been with either. Right?

Stop being a hater. HATER!!

Your hate if everything MS is very alarming.

Mike Frett said,
Maybe the real title should be "Popular Mechanics gets paid by Microsoft to do PR". Spend that dough, Microsoft.

Care to back up that accusation?

Mike Frett said,
Maybe the real title should be "Popular Mechanics gets paid by Microsoft to do PR". Spend that dough, Microsoft.

No different than CNN. Their "Tech" section should just be called "Apple News + other stuff, sometimes".

Mike Frett said,
Maybe the real title should be "Popular Mechanics gets paid by Microsoft to do PR". Spend that dough, Microsoft.

Ah yes. The pathetic anti-MS troll makes his appearance. What a surprise.

The original Microsoft Surface, unveiled in 2007, was a 30-inch touchscreen tabletop. That device popped up in hotels and bars, and it let users interact with both digital items and physical objects through the use of infrared cameras. With the debut of the Surface tablet, the original tabletop product was renamed "PixelSense." That was already Microsoft's name for the underlying technology that helps power the tabletop product.

Popular Mechanics called it "a coffee table that will change the world." We all know how that turened out! So yes, this prediction/award will be taken with a pinch of salt!

Farstrider said,
The original Microsoft Surface, unveiled in 2007, was a 30-inch touchscreen tabletop. That device popped up in hotels and bars, and it let users interact with both digital items and physical objects through the use of infrared cameras. With the debut of the Surface tablet, the original tabletop product was renamed "PixelSense." That was already Microsoft's name for the underlying technology that helps power the tabletop product.

Popular Mechanics called it "a coffee table that will change the world." We all know how that turened out! So yes, this prediction/award will be taken with a pinch of salt!

The cost of the unit is still cost prohibitive but I would hardly call their prediction fail at this point, its an impressive piece of technology that has given rise to NUI communities that have done great work creating home made solutions. The UI potential of the devices is also interesting.

FWITW I was rocking a touch screen phone with more options and customisations than the original iphone all the way back in 2003...when the iphone was release many consumers thought that a touch phone was new technology. Point is it took all those years for the technology to get to an affordable level and without the pioneering devices and niche market it may never would have.

Hey, John, why don't you ask them a better question like... how they can give awards away for 2012 when 2012 isn't over yet. That's a better question than asking them why they gave an award to an unreleased product. Slightly less silly question.

rfirth said,
Hey, John, why don't you ask them a better question like... how they can give awards away for 2012 when 2012 isn't over yet. That's a better question than asking them why they gave an award to an unreleased product. Slightly less silly question.

Movie/TV/Play awards are not given out on Jan 1 for the previous year, and yet nobody complains about those. Besides, which devices are planned for the upcoming 3 months? Other than the rumored iPad mini, which is just a smaller version of something that already exists. Oh wow! A smaller screen, that is truly innovative and deserving of an award!

There have been complaints from some, the Apple crowd, that WinRT is unproven and has not been seen by the usual reviewers, so why should we believe in it? But apparently some have used it enough to give it a product of the year award, much to the chagrin of the Android/iPad users who refuse to believe that any ther company could produce something that can be a competitive product.