‘What if my device could …?’ Surface team thinks beyond keyboards

On Monday, Microsoft introduced the next generation of Surface: Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2. Beyond the devices, the world got a glimpse into what it truly means to click in and do more. The Surface Remix Project showed that productivity can go well beyond Microsoft Office and click in keyboards. In this case, a special cover, or “blade,” lets you remix your favorite songs and share them with the world.

Leading up to Monday’s event, a small group from the Surface team took a break from the Microsoft campus to get a different perspective on what their product could do. As Ralf Groene, creative director for Surface, describes in a blog post, the team traveled to Pasadena, Calif., for a three-day design workshop with a group of students at the Art Center College of Design.

“The students we worked with were students from industrial design, graphic, interaction and information design. A diverse team, just like our team in Redmond,” Groene said. “What happened there was super awesome.”

As you can see in the video above, over the course of the three-day workshop the students came up with an incredible array of concepts. From art and music blades to science, fashion, commerce and even blue sky concepts like solar panel blades and context/location aware blades, the students took the spark of an idea to places previously unimagined.

Head over to the Surface Blog for Groene’s full report, and think about his challenge to all of us: “Think about your workplace. Do you work in healthcare, manufacturing, do you work in a creative discipline, like art or design, or are you on the road with clients? What type of blades would help you do more? Think about your home life, entertainment, gaming, how your kids use tablets, how you use them in the kitchen, the living room, which apps you love. What type of blade would you want?”

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Steve Clarke
Microsoft News Center Staff