At he CES, Microsoft demonstrated an updated, thinner version of the Surface multi-touch tabletop computer.
The new Surface, due this year, is powered by a multicore CPU and GPU by AMD. Samsung manufactures the device in partnership with Microsoft and the new model is just 4″ thick and uses Gorilla glass. It also is horizontally and vertically mountable, making it more appealing than the current “big ass table” Surface tabletops that’re on the market — and possibly an alternative to flat-screen TVs (or maybe even a nice adjunct to Microsoft TV.
Microsoft has also improved the touch technology behind Surface. First gen hardware used a camera underneath the top of the device. With Surface 2, Microsoft has introduced pixel sense technology. The new technology uses infrared sensors inside the screen and hardware decoding to allow developers to create unique new applications for Surface. Microsoft demonstrated the ability for the cameras to read the text on a piece of paper accurately.
This experience will come to life in the Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface for business customers later in 2011 in 23 countries. Dassault Aviation, Fujifilm Corp., Red Bull GmbH, Royal Bank of Canada and Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. announced that they will deploy the new product.
Here’s the full press rel4ase: