Microsoft's second-generation Surface tablets feel like more of the same. There's a creative spark in the accessory department, though. Redmond is trying to attract remix artists with a music kit that includes a touch-sensitive cover loaded with DJ controls. I'll let the official promo video explain.
Nothing says hip and relevant like Linkin Park.
Still, the Music Cover looks pretty cool. This limited-edition accessory can detect varying degrees of pressure—something standard touchscreens can't do. It's backlit for club sessions, too. Microsoft hasn't announced pricing, but hopefully, the Music Cover won't be too expensive.
We already know that the latest Touch Cover is based on a grid of 1092 sensors. The Music Cover may use similar tech, though the mention of pressure sensitivity reminds me of the Synaptics ForcePad we demoed last year. Hmm.
As far as I can tell, the Music Cover is a one-trick pony. The control mapping appears to be static, at least on the, ahem, surface. But if the underlying sensor array is flexible enough, a similar accessory could theoretically serve as a giant touchpad—or ForcePad—that could be combined with projected controls. Microsoft has demoed projected touch technology before, and it wouldn't have to worry about tracing input optically. I'd definitely be more interested in a Surface tablet if it had frickin' lasers.
|1. BIF - $340||2. chasp_0 - $251||3. mbutrovich - $250|
|4. Ryu Connor - $250||5. YetAnotherGeek2 - $200||6. aeassa - $175|
|7. End User - $150||8. Captain Ned - $100||9. Anonymous Gerbil - $100|
|10. Bill Door - $100|
|Thermaltake View 27 case offers a birds-eye view of builds||29|
|National Dog Day Shortbread||38|
|Corsair backlit keyboard lineup gets new Lux models||13|
|Nixxes turns out another Deus Ex: Mankind Divided patch||25|
|Upcoming Samsung CF791 is a high-contrast FreeSync ultrawide||61|
|Deals of the week: an unlocked Skylake CPU for cheap and more||19|
|PCIe 4.0 won't actually deliver 300 watts from the slot||59|
|iOS 9.3.5 fixes serious zero-day vulnerabilities||13|
|Intel 600P Series SSDs bring NVMe into the M.2 mainstream||42|
|Stupid physics getting in the way of all our fun.||+36|