Sony atracTable to take on Microsoft Surface

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Sony is set to take on the Microsoft Surface next month, with their new Sony atracTable prototype, according to pocket-lint.  Sony purchased the technology off of a Swiss company, Atracsys, which has been developing the atracTable since 2008.

Atracsys specializes in multi-touch interactive projects, including a 60-inch multi-touch tangible atracTable.  Sony has developed a working prototype, similar to that of the Microsoft Surface, due next month and will be available in a 35-inch atracTable.

Atracsys says that the table will have “a full HD screen and a high contrast” display when ready.  The project has been in development between Sony ISS and Atracsys for some time now; demonstrated last year at Vision 2009.

Like the Microsoft Surface, Sony's latest project will be able to interact with the user through touch and devices, including mobile phones and objects placed onto the surface.

The atracTable will be able to track and recognize gestures and body movements, including head, arms, hands and fingers.  Sony says that the table will be able sensitive enough to recognize users age, sex, and emotion.  The camera will be able to interact with a user when it detects them being happy, angry, surprised, sad or neutral.

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Wii remotes, Microsoft Surface... Sony is quickly becoming nothing more than a copy & paste imitator.


If you can't beat 'em, copy, claim superiority, and hope for the best.

Haha it is very comforting to know that Sony decided to name it after a dead Sony music compression format......that must do wonders to attract customers, eh Sony? I think Sony pretty much holds the medal when it comes to failed media formats....they just don't get it that nobody wants proprietary!

ahhell - (not sure why I cant reply directly to you... but anyways) MS Surface is exactly that too.. its glass panel that an image is projected onto from below with IR sensors below it to detect finders and objects

neufuse said,
ahhell - (not sure why I cant reply directly to you... but anyways) MS Surface is exactly that too.. its glass panel that an image is projected onto from below with IR sensors below it to detect finders and objects

I think thats why he asked, how it can take on Microsoft's Surface..

You may want to move the picture and caption after the news post. As on the main page, the short appears as...

"image courtesy of pocket-lint.com Sony is set to take on the Microsoft Surface next month, with their new Sony atracTable prototype, according to pocket-lint. Sony purchased the technology off of a Swiss company, Atracsys, which has been developing the atracTable since 2008. Atracsys specializes in multi-touch interactive projects,... Read More »"

Which doens't look great.

As soon as I read the title, I thought "ATRAC" which was ok if you were saving space on something like a PSP and didn't really care too much about sound quality.

Like most of Sony's "inventions", it'll flop as usual. When will they learn that proprietary isn't always the way to go?

This is BS, Microsoft's Surface is far better than this, plus sony jus was lazy and bought someone's unfinsihed project, i doubt they do a good job with it. i hope MS patented alot of stuff on there surface

k33nz said,
This is BS, Microsoft's Surface is far better than this, plus sony jus was lazy and bought someone's unfinsihed project, i doubt they do a good job with it. i hope MS patented alot of stuff on there surface

I'm sure they have, and they're always doing new stuff, like showing different images on different objects when you place them on the surface. I'd love for MS to smack Sony with the IP hammer.

Sony probably just bought them (and consequently jizzed in their collective pants) because it's called Atrac. They'll never let that die.

youngmc33 said,
Sony probably just bought them (and consequently jizzed in their collective pants) because it's called Atrac. They'll never let that die.

I honestly laughed out loud when I read this.

Jose_49 said,
I wouldn't worry, it must be a "promising product" such as iSlate and Courier...

Sony aside, MS has been selling surface tables and the such for quite some time. And the price has fallen. When they first went on sale they cost something crazy like $25k iirc? Now they're down to $5k last I read.

Why else would sony get into this business?

"The camera will be able to interact with a user when it detects them being happy, angry, surprised, sad or neutral."

Sounds like a disaster for Aspies.

It's made by Sony so you know it's going to have horrible build quality, lackluster product support, and you're going to have to upgrade your firmware in order to use the latest titles on it.

MarenLBC said,
It's made by Sony so you know it's going to have horrible build quality, lackluster product support, and you're going to have to upgrade your firmware in order to use the latest titles on it.

lol and as time goes on they remove features.

tablet_user said,

lol and as time goes on they remove features.

Yup and it only reads memory stick pro duo atrac cards that retail for some absurd amount of money that cannot be used with any other device (even ones made by Sony).

It's Sony so you know its going to have a lot of restrictions on what you can do and will probably only work well if you have all Sony products.

MarenLBC said,
It's made by Sony so you know it's going to have horrible build quality, lackluster product support, and you're going to have to upgrade your firmware in order to use the latest titles on it.

..and a firmware update a couple of years down the line will disable half the functionality promised at the time of launch!