The announcement from D: All Things Digital yesterday was the coffee table PC aka Surface.
This is Microsoft latest move into hardware (following XBox and Zune). The large interactive surfaces uses five cameras to detect location and movement.
The intention is to have the surface identify the object and allow the user to interact with it, examples:
- transfer files, by WiFi, from the camera to the PC
- see which services are available and book seats for shows etc
- deduct balance from prepaid cards - this one is currently aimed at the Casinos