Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Yesterday, Microsoft rolled out its new Surface technology in the form of six $10,000 bar-lounge tabletops at the I Bar inside the casino at the Rio upon which, via some sophisticated touch-screen tech, customers can play games (video bowling, pinball), view YouTube videos, see who's sitting at other tables and send messages, take photos of themselves to send to friends and, oh yes, order drinks.
Above is a photo I took and emailed myself from the tabletop of me playing with it. That's me leaning forward.
And here's an 8-minute video I took. Think of it as The Strip Podcast Goes Pop-Up Video for all the comments I stuck in there. I used the thing to find my childhood home in Syosset, N.Y., which is fun, to virtually bowl and to order wine, among other things. Sometimes it didn't work exactly right. Click below or right-click here to save the video to watch later.
Kinda fun, huh? What's more, for the moment it's not reserved for bottle-service customers or anything like that.
What's interesting is that this Surface tech is being rolled out here as a way of showing the public what it is in advance of moving it to more domestic and common uses. The quote from Microsoft corporate VP Tom Gibbons that stuck with me during our informal chat was: "We want every surface to be a computer."
Which begs the question: Do you?