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    Ian2

    OMG - Maybe they were listening!

    Surface Remix Project

    Http://SurfaceRemixProject.com

    Awesome!

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    Bas

    I don't get this. We're getting a different cover for all sorts of different usage scenarios now? A flat, touch sensitive surface with different pictures on it for various applications, that you have to switch out?

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    elmer

    @Bas:Each week an exciting new cover. Collect the whole set, and swap with your friends. New mix&match Surface, from Mattel... no, sorry, Microsoft.

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    Ian2

    This really comes in to its own if you want to dedicate the device for a period of time to a particular function.  For me creating a drum/percussion track would be more intuitive with this kind of feature,

    I am really looking forward to trying it out.

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    Bas

    Yeah, if that function is mixing. Next I want a video editor, or a piano, or... whatever. Are you supposed to buy new covers for each one?

    It would be interesting if the covers had some kind of touch sensitive display, so that you could display virtually any set of controls on it... Oh wait.

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    kettch

    @Bas: The difference is that the Touch Covers are pressure sensitive. That's a whole level of nuance that a capacitive screen doesn't allow.

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    Bas

    @kettch:they're pressure sensitive, yes, but I don't see anything in that remix cover (or the other ones, for that matter) that relies on pressure sensitivity. I just see switches, buttons and sliders. Maybe it's explained in the video (which I can't watch), so my bad if that's the case.

    As an unrealistic aside: now that the touch cover is basically covered in sensors rather than having one under each key, wouldn't it be amazing if the Surface had a tiny, tiny single color laser projector like this built in, which could project basically any layout onto a blank cover?

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    spivonious

    @Bas:

    , Bas wrote

    As an unrealistic aside: now that the touch cover is basically covered in sensors rather than having one under each key, wouldn't it be amazing if the Surface had a tiny, tiny single color laser projector like this built in, which could project basically any layout onto a blank cover?

    I'd be happy with just an overlay, like the old WordPerfect F-key surrounds. Buying an entirely separate cover seems a bit silly. "I just finished the mix, now let me get my keyboard cover out so I can email the band."

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    Ian2

    @spivonious:Agreed for occasional use for short periods of time it is probably superfluous, but as a dedicated bit of kit dedicated to signwriting/mixing it is very desirable. 

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    Jim Young

    , Bas wrote

    @kettch:but I don't see anything in that remix cover (or the other ones, for that matter) that relies on pressure sensitivity. I just see switches, buttons and sliders. Maybe it's explained in the video (which I can't watch), so my bad if that's the case.

    Panos demoed the pressure sensitivity of the trigger pads to play a drum with varying velocity. Custom touch "blades" for music is actually a killer feature. Pressure sensitivity input for music applications is something that is not possible (or easily implemented) on a capacitive screen.

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    Bas

    , spivonious wrote

    @Bas:

    *snip*

    I'd be happy with just an overlay, like the old WordPerfect F-key surrounds. Buying an entirely separate cover seems a bit silly. "I just finished the mix, now let me get my keyboard cover out so I can email the band."

    I agree. Hence:

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    I think I'm onto something here. Except that it would be cooler with e-ink, which would be a rare case of something being cooler than lasers.

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    Bas

    @Jim Young: thanks, didn't see that mentioned anywhere. That does sound good.

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    Jim Young

    , Bas wrote

    @Jim Young: thanks, didn't see that mentioned anywhere. That does sound good.

    There's something like 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity. I wonder if there is also information about the size of the pressure surface area?

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    magicalclick

    I think they should make it with epaper, so the keys can be fully customized programmatically. This idea is similar to Acer duel screen PC. Anyway, such DS experience needs to be a standard supported by OS, otherwise it would never take off like DS.

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    brian.​shapiro

    Would be interesting if you could develop an blade that could be adaptable and work similar to a touch screen, without being a touch screen.

    What I mean is possibly the top layer could work like e-ink, with opaque and transparent modes, that can switch on and off. Underneath the top layer, there would be a back-light. The back-light would shine through transparent pixels and not opaque pixels. So it would look and work exactly like these blades, but be programmable.

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    Ian2

    I assume that 'Blade' is just the code name for the 'Microsoft Surface Adaptive Pressure Sensitive Touch Interface?

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    brian.​shapiro

    , Ian2 wrote

    I assume that 'Blade' is just the code name for the 'Microsoft Surface Adaptive Pressure Sensitive Touch Device'?

    That's what they've been calling it, yea.

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    giovanni

    , brian.​shapiro wrote

    Would be interesting if you could develop an blade that could be adaptable and work similar to a touch screen, without being a touch screen.

    What I mean is possibly the top layer could work like e-ink, with opaque and transparent modes, that can switch on and off. Underneath the top layer, there would be a back-light. The back-light would shine through transparent pixels and not opaque pixels. So it would look and work exactly like these blades, but be programmable.

    when I saw the new touch keyboard I also thought something along these lines and I keep finding people with similar ideas on the internet (some even suggesting a tablet-Courrier hybrid). I simply cannot imagine Microsoft not working in this direction at this point.

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