CNN Magic Wall vs. Microsoft Surface

Multi-touch, big-screen interfaces are all the rage among the cable news networks -- most notably CNN and its Magic Wall, which even earned its own Saturday Night Live spoof. More recently, NBC got into the act by bringing in a Microsoft Surface tabletop computer, putting a high-tech sheen on its political coverage. The concepts are similar, […]

Multi-touch, big-screen interfaces are all the rage among the cable news networks -- most notably CNN and its Magic Wall, which even earned its own Saturday Night Live spoof. More recently, NBC got into the act by bringing in a Microsoft Surface tabletop computer, putting a high-tech sheen on its political coverage.

The concepts are similar, the implementations very different.

CNN's Magic Wall, from Perceptive Pixel, has a vertical orientation that makes for a much more natural feel on camera.[…]

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