updated 03:35 pm EST, Wed March 5, 2008
Microsoft Surface spheres?
Microsoft's Surface technology, which currently enables multi-touch computing on a table-sized display, may soon develop into a new shape, sources claim. Microsoft is reportedly demonstrating a spherical prototype at the company's main campus, though for what purpose remains unclear; it may be a proof-of-concept device, illustrating the ability of Microsoft engineers to produce touchscreens in unusual shapes. Most touchscreens must remain flat due to the use of glass or hard plastic.
Microsoft is however known to be working towards home-based Surface products, and increasing the speed of development so that people do not have to wait until a 2011 launch as originally planned. Some initial candidates for home products have included drawing and photo-viewing devices. Otherwise, most Surface products will be sold to businesses such as hotels and restaurants. [via ZDNet]