Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Something New "Surfaces" at InterContinental Buckhead

The Intercontinental Buckhead Atlanta has scored a gadget few hotels know of and all hotels should one day have. What is it you might ask, it the Microsoft Surface. Technology that can best be described as straight out of the Steven Spielberg thriller Minority Report. The coffee table sized units features multi-touch and object-sensing technology. You can watch the "Concierge Tour", given by Chef Concierge Richard Lara, view a city map, and even play a puzzle. The amazing thing about it all, its touchscreen and the images can be selected, enlarged and dragged by your hand alone. The puzzle maker seemed especially popular with the young guests as you can choose from a variety of pictures, then are given the option of easy, medium and hard to solve the puzzle. Basically, you are given the same picture, just with a smaller or larger number of pieces depending on the difficulty you select. Definitely a cool toy but its usefulness have yet to be proven as it is still in beta testing Repeat Atlanta!

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