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Palm, Microsoft to unveil new mobile devices [updated]

Two potential iPhone rivals will be introduced weeks ahead of the device on Wednesday, according to reports. Palm said today that company founder Jeff Hawkins will announce “a new category of mobile device” at the Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital Conference tomorrow. Meanwhile, Gizmodo is reporting that Microsoft will introduce a new device at midnight tonight. In an advance look at the announcement, the gadget blog quotes a Microsoft email as saying the product is “something totally new coming out of the [Microsoft] Entertainment and Devices division, and it’s going to change the way people interact with technology.” The email also stated that “you really have to see it to believe it.” Apple CEO Steve Jobs and Microsoft chairman Bill Gates will take part in a rare joint interview at the D conference on Wednesday. A Microsoft device announcement would seemingly be aimed at giving Gates a talking point to counter the iPhone discussion during the meeting.

imageUpdate: Microsoft’s announcement is a tabletop touch-sensitive technology dubbed Microsoft Surface. Reportedly five years in the making, the advanced software allows users to use their fingers to manipulate photos and files, much like the iPhone’s multi-touch interface. The computers will initially be targeted at businesses, hotels and other retail establishments.

imageUpdate #2: Palm’s new product is the Foleo, a new mobile device being marketed as a companion to the company’s Treo smartphone. The device sports a 10-inch display, full-size keyboard, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and a 5-hour battery life. The Palm Foleo will be available later this year for $500.

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OH COME ON PEOPLE!!!!! THIS ISN’T MICROSOFTS TECHNOLOGY!! I’ve seen this probably a YEAR ago from a research lab that was developing this.

M$ obviously pulled their weight, bout it, and slapped their branding on it.

Jeff Han of NYU’s Media Research Lab, recorded February ‘06.

Posted by lilaliend on May 30, 2007 at 10:34 AM (CDT)


and here’s the actual website of the company that Jeff Han established for this technology.

Posted by lilaliend on May 30, 2007 at 11:00 AM (CDT)


Whoever is behind the technology it is very cool. I agree it seems more of a business related application than at home, but either way it will be a new way to interact with a computer.  Obviously space will be the biggest issue since a small screen will make this technology not as impressive.

All I could think about was Minority Report and the computer Cruise was using.

I found this review of Surface and there is a great video that shows some practical uses for it.  Again, very cool:

Posted by tosadeac on May 30, 2007 at 12:07 PM (CDT)


I am certainly not a Microsoft fan… But, this has great potential. It appears that MS just out-Appled Apple. Granted, only in one small way. MS gets some props though. This looks amazing. The ability to drag-and-drop to wireless devices with no syncing or cables, while only a small feature, is outstanding. We, the Apple faithful, need to give some credit where credit is due. Way to go Microsoft…you did something right.

Posted by Mitch Hale on May 30, 2007 at 12:09 PM (CDT)


Mitch Hale,

I’m all about giving credit where credit is due. However, Microsoft is far from due this credit.  This is not their technology, not their software, and certainly not their innovation.

The product itself is awesome, granted, but unless the paid out the arse for owner ship of someone elses patents, I expect to see plenty of others like it in the near future.

Posted by iScott on May 30, 2007 at 12:20 PM (CDT)


i have one question…

will it play pac man or centipede like the one i remember at bars during the 80’s??

Posted by hydra-calm on May 30, 2007 at 12:34 PM (CDT)


Jeff Han in his presentation did say other companies were working on Similar tech. Don’t know if that meant others bought into his touch-tech of they are developing similar touch surface tech. I just hope this (which is obviously cool and the future) don’t turn into an ugly patent fight, where one company is holding all the patent on this. 

Though I dislike MS, I have to give them credit here. Imppressive!

Posted by Dave on May 30, 2007 at 12:35 PM (CDT)


I agree with Dave. Of the products that purport to do the same thing, MSFT’s example seems to work the best and is certainly the furthest developed (so far). The potential of this interactive tabletop is far-reaching, for entertainment, retail and also for the workplace. Hate to say it, but Redmond actually for once appears to have finally done something right, in a major way.

Posted by flatline response on May 30, 2007 at 3:03 PM (CDT)


So basically, they combined a large tablet pc with a table, and dumbed it down so that all you can do is manipulate photographs.

Posted by Gecko on May 30, 2007 at 3:33 PM (CDT)


WHoever made the comment about the ‘iSurface’ is absolutely correct. Had Apple released this, all of the fanboys would be scrambling to heap their praise on Steve Jobs’ ‘innovation’. I think it’s pretty sad when someone cannot allow themself to enjoy or appreciate a product solely because of its manufacturer. Is that really what makes you happy?

And yes, the technology has existed for now; all technology used in modern home computers, with Apple as no exception, uses technology that has been around for a while. Apple steals and aquires patents and technological inovations left and right, an nobody here complains when they do. It’s not about the technology; it’s about applying the technology in a way that can be used by ordinary consumers, and while Microsoft is not there yet, they are a lot closer than Apple.

Posted by Bradley on May 30, 2007 at 3:56 PM (CDT)


I’m as big an Apple fanboy as can be, but props to MS - this thing is awsome and has far reaching applications. (It is a bit like the urface of the iPhone though.) I wonder what kind of coating this, and the iPhone use to prevent scratching and fingerprints.

Posted by Lawrence Mikkelsen in New Zealand on May 30, 2007 at 5:13 PM (CDT)


Microsoft saw a cool technology and slapped their name all over it and called it theirs once again.

Posted by bizarro ballmer on May 30, 2007 at 8:11 PM (CDT)


MS you are so right on.  As I have said before, everytime Jobs cuts the cheese his mindless automatons start screaming for a Grammy.

Posted by Dupe on May 31, 2007 at 1:10 PM (CDT)


I hate fan boys

Wow, I am really unimpressed!!!!!! We have seen this all before. Guess Billy boy has no real ammo against Apple for the big show down at ā€œDā€. This is nothing new, old news from Microsuck, just repackaged.

Yes, get your point across by making fun of the other guy with SUCH creative names such as “Microsuck.” We get it. You don’t like Microsoft, and you dont like any product they will ever put out. You don’t have to come here and voice your completly belligerent comments. I’m pretty sure that “Billy Boy” has enough ammo in his arsenal to keep him satisifed for quite some time. It’s a good product, and it’s innovative. Please, for the love of God, give props where props are due.

Posted by Shiv on June 1, 2007 at 2:23 AM (CDT)

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