Microsoft’s interactive, multi touch, 23rd century Surface is brilliant. However it is also, literally, the size of a table and so not particularly portable.
However, Mary Jo Foley has uncovered information of a planned “Mobile Surface”. Microsoft Research’s site states:
“Our goal is to bring Microsoft Surface experience to mobile scenarios, and more importantly, to enable 3D interaction with mobile devices. We do research on how to transform any surface (e.g., a coffee table or a piece of paper) to Mobile Surface with a mobile device and a camera-projector system. Besides this, our work also includes how to get 3D object model in real-time, augmented reality and multiple-layer 3D information presentation.”
I’d carry one of those about if it meant I could turn any surface into a multi-touch surface that I could use, demo, play and work on 🙂