I hold a world of respect for companies like Microsoft, Nokia and HP. The work coming out of their labs is phenomenal. Like prototype cars (at least 20years ago) it takes a while for the costs of economies of scale and manufacturing processes to catch up to what can be conceived.
This demo video from Microsoft demonstrates some interesting possibilities.
<a href="http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-GB&playlist=videoByUuids:uuids:a517b260-bb6b-48b9-87ac-8e2743a28ec5&showPlaylist=true&from=shared" target="_new" title="Future Vision Montage">Video: Future Vision Montage</a>
This starts to raise some fascinating questions around communications:
1. What happens when every surface is digital?
2. Every surface can receive input?
3. Screens can be transparent.
4. The cost of making screens thin, flexible and scalable is nominal?
5. Our languages, ie the way we interact with the world, becomes more touch based and intuitive? Do verbal/written language barriers fall?
But what does fascinating me even more is that the person I discovered this from is the managing editor of the major daily here in Vancouver, if someone with 500,000 stubbornly resilient readers is paying attention I look forward to seeing what they do with it.