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Published on August 6th, 2007 | by Jules IKEAHacker

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microsoft surface started as an ikea hack





chris tipped me on this piece of trivia.

do you know that microsoft surface originated from an ikea hack?

a microsoft what? in short, it’s a surface computer that turns a table top into an interactive surface. so you and your team can use objects, touch and gestures to collaborate easily, moving beyond the mouse and keyboard.

the interesting thing is that when bill gave the idea the nod in 2003, the team made the first prototype with an ikea table. i don’t recognise the table though. any idea, any one? they cut a hole through its top and added a sheet of architect vellum as diffuser.

microsoft surfacethe prototype

it’s not a great looking hack but i guess it did a good enough job. and because of its humble ikea beginnings, the world can now have the shiny one below.

microsoft surfacethe upgrade

anyone tried it?

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2 Responses to microsoft surface started as an ikea hack

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi, I guess the first one who intregrated a monitor into a table has been Atari with the very first video game that has been commercial availlable called ‘PONG’. For each game you had to spend a coin.

    This is what it looked like:
    http://www.flippers.com/images/PONG-Octagonal.JPG

  2. John says:

    I’ve played with it… pretty amazing! The top is now 1″ thick lucite. Feels pretty quality.

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