Microsoft's Surface has got to be one of our favourite bits of prototype technology. We've all seen it before sharing photos from phones to cameras, and we even posted photos earlier of the Surface sharing Foxtel recommendations with an HTC HD2. But have you ever seen it performing a useful function in the real world?
At the Microsoft ReMix10 developer's conference in Melbourne this week, the Surface became the attendees' go-to tool for collecting information about services on display from Microsoft and its partners. So, naturally, when we went hunting for info about Windows Phone 7 the Surface was our first port of call.
Here is the surface looking extremely messy. Each of the business cards on the Surface has a unique code printed on the back, which display relevant information when they are placed on the screen.
This is our unique identity code printed on the back of our security pass for the ReMix10 event. While it looks like a QR code, it is a more sophisticated print, capable of producing a much larger range of unique combinations.