We know a bit about Coffee Table:Evolved! Star Trek Edition … aka Microsoft Surface.  A hard and durable acrylic surface saturated in infrared, with 5 cameras tracking any interruption in the IR, and therefore sensing your finger or a device placed onto Surface.  It is currently optimized for 52 touches, making it a snap for several people to share photos from several Bluetooth enabled cameras.  Ars Technica managed to get to try a demo model out, and you can see just how well the technology has been inputted, and see some high tech finger painting.

“It’s not often that one gets a chance to attend a demonstration of a new method of human-computer interaction. Having been too young to witness the development of the command line in the 1950s or the modern graphical user interface at Xerox PARC in the 1970s, it was a genuine thrill to visit Microsoft’s campus for a personal demo of “surface computing.” While future computer historians are unlikely to view this technology as being anywhere near as groundbreaking as the CLI or GUI, the multi-touch interface nonetheless serves as an innovative way of interacting with the personal computer.”

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