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What they don't show you in that video is the table going the blue screen and Bill bashing the CTL, ATL DELETE keys.
You realize that almost never happens in the most recent version of windows right? (Windows 6 - Vista) In fact I've never seen that in Vista... and I've put it through some hell too.
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this would make ordering drinks at a busy restaurant a lot easier! No more waiting for the waitress.
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If you think for a second about what this thing can do and find out what is inside of it to make it work, you wouldn't question the $10,000 opening price tag. Don't worry; you don't need one for college.
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All things considered, 10K isnt THAT bad of a price. You can drop around 3K on a nice HDTV, another 3K on a nice computer, so that's 6K. Then just a four more and you've got a nice device. For as cool as that thing is, 10K isn't all that bad.
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post #55 of 65
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
Widescreen plasma screen TVs use to cost $20,000. Now they cost less than $3000 in 5 years? It's called progress.

How do you compare a used car or a Surface PC? If you are even contemplating about buying one.... I am pretty sure you don't have a used car.
True that. Only the uber-rich will be buying these for home use today. In 5-10 years, prices will drop to more consumer friendly levels.

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I think that they should focus more on bring the new technology (wireless camera/zune/creditcard) onto today's computers, especially laptops. I mean, it can't be much different than putting your camera on your laptop and having the same result. I'd be just as happy with that and it probably would be a lot less expensive to incorporate.
It's not like Microsoft is abandoning standard PCs just yet, they have enough employees to work in multiple areas at once. It's just that they recognize that there is limited future in that area. Incorporating computing into our everyday lives is where we're going, and such a future holds no place for boring beige boxes.

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I mean come on, some of the new HP laptops even have thumb scanners! I remember when that was some crazy imaginative idea that would only be used in the CIA and stuff. Now I could have one on my laptop.
Those have been around on PDAs for years, actually. My last iPaq had one, before I turned it in for a BlackBerry. Never used it though.

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I agree the touchscreen looks really cool, and would be a lot faster and more natural than a mouse and normal keyboard. But some questions come up when looking at this. It uses cameras to judge your finger's positions and stuff, and it looked like it was lagging a little behind his finger. I am assuming that if you wanted to use a keyboard, it'd be on screen (would be very stupid and deprecating if you had to use a real keyboard), but how fast would one be able to type without it lagging behind you too much. I know I type pretty average speed, but the amount of errors I make is more than normal, so I use the backspace key a lot (and very fast lol). Maybe out of the beta phase this will be fixed.
I'm sure it would be an on-screen keyboard, yes. And although there would definitely be a learning curve to get "fast" on such a keyboard, it's probably not going to be all that disruptive in the long run. Think how fast people adopted to mini-keyboards on BlackBerry's, or even worse using a cell phones numeric keypad to do text messaging. Have you seen how fast kids use those things? Makes my fingers hurt...

And again, let's think more innovatively. In our lifetimes, keyboards will become largely obsolete. We'll be talking to our computers...or our house, that just happens to be full of computers.
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Someone just bumped my 4 month old thread.
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reminds me of the desk in the island
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post #58 of 65
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I think that they should focus more on bring the new technology (wireless camera/zune/creditcard) onto today's computers, especially laptops. I mean, it can't be much different than putting your camera on your laptop and having the same result. I'd be just as happy with that and it probably would be a lot less expensive to incorporate.

I mean come on, some of the new HP laptops even have thumb scanners! I remember when that was some crazy imaginative idea that would only be used in the CIA and stuff. Now I could have one on my laptop.

I agree the touchscreen looks really cool, and would be a lot faster and more natural than a mouse and normal keyboard. But some questions come up when looking at this. It uses cameras to judge your finger's positions and stuff, and it looked like it was lagging a little behind his finger. I am assuming that if you wanted to use a keyboard, it'd be on screen (would be very stupid and deprecating if you had to use a real keyboard), but how fast would one be able to type without it lagging behind you too much. I know I type pretty average speed, but the amount of errors I make is more than normal, so I use the backspace key a lot (and very fast lol). Maybe out of the beta phase this will be fixed.

Also, for everyone who is putting down Apple, just remember that the iPhone can accomplish all of the touch screen features (not wireless stuff... yet) and it can also fit nicely in your pocket.

But, despite all of my criticism, it does look like a lot of fun to play with. I just wonder how many Bill has to sell to make another billion
IBM/Lenovo have had fingerprint scanners for a while. My dad's new thinkpad has one. It's awesome.
post #59 of 65
thats a sick table of course its gonna cost a ton remember when pc's first came out? they were expensive now look at em thier cheap as hell
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I'll get one eventually...Like when its mass produced and you can go buy one for seventy bucks...
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