How The New York Times is reinventing your morning read with Microsoft Surface

I’d love to get this in my kitchen nook. Megan Garber of the Nieman Journalism Lab gets an inside look at how The New York Times — using a modified Microsoft Surface device — is reinventing how people consume their morning newspaper at the breakfast table.

It’s pretty cool stuff, especially the GadgetGuru feature which will allow users to plop a device like a digital camera onto the interactive tabletop in order to get reviews, pricing information and more.

New York Times R&D Lab: The kitchen table of the Future from Nieman Journalism Lab on Vimeo.

Garber writes:

The prototypes on display at the R&D Lab consider how news can be used, in particular, in the home, woven into the intimate contexts of the morning coffee, the family dinner, the daily getting-ready routine. They explore what it means to brush your teeth with the Times.

I’ve been a big fan of the Microsoft Surface ever since I got an opportunity to play Settlers of Catan on it a while back. The only problem is that the Surface isn’t cheap, with a retail price tag for the upcoming device topping $7,000. (Given that, I don’t think this will end up in my kitchen anytime soon).

  • Chris Lynch

    The intersection of Kinect + Surface will be when this is cool. It might not achieve all of the goals of Surface, but it’s far more accessible today. Having a huge touchscreen as my kitchen table feels ahead of the time now due to mfg costs/technology.

    • Guest

      Agree. I don’t get how MS can continue justifying this Surface effort. It’s a niche product as currently structured.