Asus Seamless Experience: Microsoft Surface knockoff, two years too late

There's something familiar about this interactive desktop that Asus showed off at Computex 2009 in Taipei. Let's see… the surface of the desk appears to be a large interactive touchscreen, able to interface with anything you put on top of it. For example, when it senses your cellphone, it'll call up your calendar and contacts on the surface of the table beside it. It can even tell you the temperature of that cup of coffee you just plopped down. Cool stuff, but I can't help but think I've seen this before.

Yep, this is just a ripoff of Surface, Microsoft's high-tech table that functions as some kind of all-purpose furniture-size everything device. Just like Surface, it looks totally amazing. And just like Surface, its usefulness is a complete mystery. Unlike Surface, however, it looks as though the objects placed on the Seamless tabletop need some kind of electronic contacts to interact with the table (check out the back of the hard drive in the video from NewGadgets.de above). Somehow I don't think the market for these things is about to explode.

Asus press release, via Engadget