The Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface recognized as "a thin tabletop computer that sees and responds to whatever is placed on it" has been awarded an "Best of What's New" Award for 2011 from Popular Science magazine.
Popular Science praises the Samsung SUR40 for its object recognition and content possibilities stating that "developers are free to program custom games and more." Though not explicitly noted by Popular Science, the Samsung SUR40 is available for commercial purchase only.
"The 40-inch SUR40, co-created by Samsung and Microsoft, is a thin tabletop computer that sees and responds to whatever is placed on it. Each of the table's LCD pixels emits an infrared beam that reflects off an object back to a sensor. The processor synthesizes the sensor data to create an eight-bit image from which it can pick out shapes and large text, such as product names and numbers. Once the object is identified, the table displays related YouTube videos and other product information. Right now most apps are on the simpler side, but developers are free to program custom games and more, depending on what bar or store the table winds up in. $8,400," states PopSci.
"For 24 years, Popular Science has honored the innovations that surprise and amaze us - those that make a positive impact on our world today and challenge our views of what's possible in the future," said Mark Jannot, Editor-in-Chief of Popular Science. "The Best of What's New Award is the magazine's top honor, and the 100 winners - chosen from among thousands of entrants - represent the highest level of achievement in their fields."
Each year, the editors of Popular Science review thousands of products, in search of the top 100 tech innovations of the year; breakthrough products and technologies that represent a significant leaps in their categories.