Beware, the bubble eating (and vomiting) Surface Monster!

The Microsoft Surface Blog has a video demo of a novel interactive system that involves a little round monster eating bubbles off a Microsoft Surface… and also puking them back up when it’s full.

I admit it’s not the most practical use of surface computing, but it is a great demonstration of tangible interactivity. Instead of just recognizing an object when placed against it, the Surface actually interacts with it, causing the monster’s eye to “fill up” when it eats and empty when it, uh, releases. Adding a tangible element to touchscreen computing, which is a big advantage of Microsoft Surface. I’m just thankful the bubbles come out the same way they go in.

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at]


  1. i am reminded of a video where a similar system where comboed with physical controls made of clear plastic, so that it could have a keyboard or similar projected from below.

  2. It is sad to see Microsoft focused on Surface, which is unlikely to become a mainstream product anytime soon, when there are so many ways in which Microsoft needs to devote resources to making single and multi touch work really well in Tablets.

    They’ve lost a lot of focus since Bill Gates left. It would be good if they could fix that somehow.

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