I have just watched the videos, but could not watch them the way through because they got rather boring.dentaku said:Dovella said:*snip*
At the moment Surface is most useful when it's being used as a virtual instrument.
I can see using Reason 4 with it and it's a natural for an app that has 2 turntables and a little mixer.
The first one is more a table surface, so would you need to buy a separate table surface, or will the touch-screen be able to be converted to a table if you need to target an application to play a game like the example?
I like the drum kit, I have thousands of vinyl records and 10 years ago would have sworn that CD turntables would never take over, but they have. A lot of music is sequenced and not played on drums at all nowadays (all the guitar boys whine), so touch instruments certainly seem to have a future here.
A lot of this seems like going to a car show and viewing all the prototypes that rarely make it into production. It is possible to have a surface gambling table, and that is probably where that is going so you have an infallible croupier. Maybe monopoly, snakes and ladders and most board games will end up this way, where at Christmas the family all sit around a surface table and choose a game of their choice and the rolling of the dice is done for you (and it does not get caught in the carpet and you argue whether it was a "six" or not!
Again, maybe I'm being a fuddy-duddy, but I prefer reading a printed book than an E book, and playing monopoly on a real board is not too dissimilar to a surface experience.
It is doubtless that surface devices will be pervasive, but more through convenience rather than re-inventing the wheel.