Attention wine and techno buffs─ Microsoft is offering you a vista to the future.
Introducing Vista-based Microsoft Surface -- touch screen tables that can do everything from download photos and video clips to store the name of the wine ordered at a particular restaurant. The technology is currently debuting at hotels, casinos, and retail stores and, according to a YouTube interview with Microsoft, is designed to "make dining more entertaining and easy ." Not sure that it's currently so rigorous, but okay...
Wired Magazine recently revealed that an innovative wine touch screen table will be one of the attractions at Adour , Alain Ducasse's highly anticipated new restaurant in New York's St. Regis Hotel which opens next month . The hotel's website promises that its " exclusive 4-seat interactive wine bar... will delight both new and experienced gourmands and oenophiles alike." I'm hoping to try this one for myself.
It's simple. Just grab a seat at the wine bar and search the interactive list. The screen will serve up all the info you should need- the vintage, grape, and even tasting notes. Almost like having a sommelier --or Snooth-- sitting next to you.
Still unsure? No worries, there is an actual sommelier on call, at least at Adour . But personally, I don’t think you will need one.
Wine: Meet Your Future
- Reply by Mark Angelillo, Oct 31, 2007.
Can't wait to see this in action!
- Blog comment by Clint, Oct 31, 2007.
Sounds like a dumbed down version of their device - a glorified touch-screen wine catalog. I thought the whole idea of Surface was that it would interact not only with user touch but also with devices placed on it (like cameras, PDAs, etc) so you can easily drag things on and off. That part was pretty cool (the photo demo where they slide the images from a camera to a PDA).
Anyway, the geek in me can't resist laughing at MS for pushing their "Silverlight" platform as a competitor to Flash, and yet they continue to use Flash for their mini-sites like this. Classic.