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Microsoft Patents New Input Method That Involves Touch-Free Tablets

By Radu Iorga

Microsoft has been working on touchless input for a long while now, even back in the days of the Lumia patenting a “3D Touch” mechanism that allowed users to interact with Metro UI tiles without touching them. Instead they would hover the finger above them. Now they’re back at it again, with a new patent for a touch free and smudge free tablet.

Touchscreens have become a staple of today’s life, but they’re starting to get obsolete as people look for the next best way to control a device. Microsoft decided to implement a system for future Surface devices, that will give them touch free input. It appears in a recently granted patent published by the USPTO on July 10th. It’s simply called “Touchless Input”.

Just like the Apple TrueDepth camera from the iPhone X maps the face the eliminate the need for regular login, this system relies on a similar camera that captures depth maps of an entire scene, including a human subject. We’ve got a detection system built within the device, which scans every pixel in each map, showing what’s junk and what’s actual input with fingers.

It could even model the whole human being, with a virtual skeleton and joints, in order to accurately predict the motions of the hand. The virtual joints are compared across all captured depth maps to determine a finger gesture based on machine learning. The system is able to track more than one human user and physical object. The device is able to map the physical location of the finger to the on screen cursor.

The user can move the finger in the air or any direction to provide input and commands. The system tracks multiple fingers, so you can perform complex actions, like clicking and dragging files and folders, zooming, panning, double tap, rotating and more. If the sensors are accurate enough, your fingerprints could be scanned in thin air. A visible light camera similar to the depth ones may be used in the system.

This sounds like a nice way to put the successor of a Kinect to work…

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Cheap Surface Go now official: $399, 10 inches, Pentium processor

By Peter Bright

Enlarge / Surface Go (credit: Microsoft)

Confirming weeks of leaks and speculation, Microsoft today announced the latest member of the Surface computer family: Surface Go.

If you remember the long-discontinued Surface 3—Microsoft’s last attempt at a cheap(er) tablet—Surface Go is what a Surface 4 probably would have been if the company was still using that branding. Compared to the Surface Pro, it has a smaller screen (10in, 1800×1200), a weaker processor (an Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y, which is a two-core, four-thread Kaby Lake chip that was launched about 18 months ago), slower, smaller storage (64GB, using an eMMC interface), and reduced battery life (estimated at 9 hours). But it’s cheaper. A lot cheaper: the base model costs just $399, compared to $799 for the base Surface Pro.

Even with the reduced price, it retains all the major Surface design elements: a variable position kickstand, 8MP rear/5MP front cameras with Windows Hello facial recognition, the Surface Connect magnetic charging and dock port, and a 10-finger multitouch screen with Surface Pen support. It retains the microSDXC card reader and 3.5mm headset jack and adds to this a USB 3.1 generation 1 Type-C port. As with other Surface tablets, Surface Go supports the Type Cover detachable keyboard-covers, though because of its new smaller size, it’ll need new smaller Type Covers. Microsoft also has a new smaller Surface Mobile Mouse if you want an external pointing device.

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Microsoft Affordable Surface Tablet Pops Up in OpenCL Benchmark; Rumored to be Priced at $400

By Radu Iorga

We knew for a while now that Microsoft was preparing an affordable Surface Tablet and now we learn more about it. Apparently, the device will cost $400 and it’s going to be launched later this month. It has also leaked in a benchmark known as OpenCL.

The results were shared by a Twitter user, which is also an ex Microsoft employee, known as Mouni Reddy. They show that the device goes against the last year Apple MacBook. We’re dealing with a Surface device that runs on an Intel Pentium 4415Y. The MacBook 2017 ran on a Core i5-7Y54 CPU, by the way. The results are quite surprising, as the Microsoft machine gave a 15.992 point score, while the MacBook was at 17.647.

Of course this is a prototype we’re talking about. The tweet with the info we just mentioned could maybe have the price wrong, so don’t bet on it. The new Surface device is said to come with a variety of CPU options and the Pentium 4415Y is going to be on the higher end of the spectrum. A $400 price tag for the model mentioned above means a lower price for the Pentium Silver processor units.

The rumored Surface Tablet has appeared much less in the news compared to the Andromeda for example. And that one is even supposedly cancelled at this point. We’re expecting that the Microsoft fall lineup will include maybe a Surface Pro model, the budget Surface unit mentioned above and also a Surface Book new generation machine with a newer CPU. Always expect bigger prices…

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Microsoft’s Cheaper Surface Might Bring a Pentium Processor on Board

By Claudiu Sima

According to some rumors, Microsoft is currently working on a new Surface tablet, one that comes with some big changes in order to make it more affordable. A smaller screen is on the list and now we get to know that a Pentium processor might be used in order to cut costs.

This new device will arrive with a 10 inch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio, with a cheaper variant of the Surface Type Cover and with a less impressive stylus. Also a less powerful processor will be found here, probably the Intel Pentium Silver that is based on Intel’s low-cost/low-power Gemini Lake architecture.

Some rumors suggest that a quad-core Pentium Gold 4410Y or a dual-core 4415Y might be found here, 6-watt processors that are used for thin and light fanless devices. This cheap Surface might get 4G LTE support optional and a $400 price tag.

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Microsoft Andromeda Device Gets Rendered With Gaming Mode and Laptop Mode

By Radu Iorga

Microsoft’s Andromeda has been leaked a lot lately, making us believe we’re closer to launch than ever. Renders aren’t lacking, like the one below, created by designer David Breyer. Why his work is more important than you’d think you can find out below.

David Breyer created a very competent set of renders for the Andromeda device, back in the days when it was known as the Surface Phone. Ever since then about 80% of the articles regarding Microsoft’s phone have been using his creations. Now it seems that the renders are actually quite accurate, according to the latest leaks.

We are also seeing some more images, created by David and showing off a gaming mode, that converts the secondary screen of the device into a gaming input area. We see a bunch of Xbox-inspired buttons, including action ones, a D pad and even two would be thumbsticks.

There’s also a render showing the Andromeda with Office Word displayed on one screen and a virtual keyboard with Quick Settings on the other, reminding us of the Touch Bar. It’s all nice and dandy particularly with a stylus in the mix and the hinge so well hidden.

This is a pretty ambitious project, but one that’s prone to be canned at any time, as Microsoft has done over the years. This fall will clarify the matter and show us if there’s room for an Andromeda or not.

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