Microsoft's touch sensitive tabletop Surfaces

The last time we played around with a computer you could rest your pint on it was pub Space Invaders with the classic glass tabletop.Now Microsoft's t

The last time we played around with a computer you could rest your pint on it was pub Space Invaders with the classic glass tabletop.Now Microsoft's taken the idea and given it a 21st -century twist to invent the 'Surface' PC. Dispensing with mouse and keyboard it relies on mere touch of its tabletop screen.As well as reacting to fingers, the display can interact with objects placed on it. Plop down your mobile on the glass top and it could start syncing your music collection.Like the iPhone, it's multi-touch, so can react to more than one hand, or even several people, dragging objects around the screen.Don't start clearing a space in the living room just yet, though. The machines are to be wheeled into Sheraton hotels, Harrah casinos and T-Mobile stores in the US from November, but won't be going on sale to the public 'til 2010 at the earliest. Master Chief Dunmore has already been hooting his trap off about it over on his Future Stuff blog. Disagree? Let us know in our forums and you could win a Nikon Coolpix S500 digicam.

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Microsoft Surface Price: $5000-$10000 On sale: 2010-2012 Contact: MicrosoftRelated stories: Dell pops a black tablet PC HP's iMac killer has the golden touch Hands on with the iPhone