We have been hearing for over a year about the Microsoft Surface. This device is able to read where you put your hands, via an IR camera, and correlates that information to images in the display. The projector mounted on the bottom then projects the image on to the surface screen. The Microsoft Surface can be programmed for a variety of multi-touch programs; some of the more popular ones include a paint program and a photo viewer. Recently, Microsoft announced that they will finally be allowing developers purchase the Surface at their Professional Developer Conference, this week. Microsoft is offering a ten percent discount for the developers, which gives the Surface a retail price of $13500. This new price is much higher than the $1000 initial price that Microsoft announced back in May of 2007. The reason is because, for developers only, the Surface will include five additional software developer kit licenses. Microsoft also announced that when the Surface becomes available to commercial customers, the retail price for the Surface will be $12500. The company plans to sell the Surface to developers who come to the conference this week. However, Microsoft will only take the first 1200 customers.
[via CNet News]