Slideshow: Tabletop Computers

Forget the keyboard, mouse, and display as you take this photo tour through the development of surface computing. The desk is the computer

About the Author

Meredith Ringel Morris is a researcher in the Adaptive Systems and Interaction Group at Microsoft Research, where she studies human-computer interaction and computer-supported cooperative work. She is also an affiliate assistant professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington. Morris received her Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University; her dissertation introduced interaction techniques and user-interface designs for computer-augmented tabletops. She may be contacted

To Probe Further

For more on Meredith Ringel Morris’s tabletop-computing research, see

To keep track of where Microsoft Surface is being deployed, see

IEEE annually sponsors a conference on tabletop computing. For information on past and future conferences, see