Not to be outdone by Apple, Microsoft announced Surface Studio a few days back. It looks like a winner.
Ars Technica: “And as is Microsoft’s habit, there’s human interaction novelty, too, with the Surface Dial. This is a Bluetooth spinner and clicker with haptic feedback. Spinning the wheel can invoke either system functionality (such as changing the volume) or application features (such as the amount of red, green, or blue used by the current paintbrush in a painting app); there’s an API to allow third-party software to provide Dial-specific capabilities. Its unusual feature is that it can be used off the screen, or, when in studio mode, on the screen. When used on the screen, the Surface Studio knows exactly where the dial is and can draw radial menus or other controls around the device.”
CNet: “Really, though, this is all about the Surface Dial, a wild new idea that instantly excited people from its on-stage demos. The metal dial can be an on-screen tool as much as a desktop one, and looks like the other-hand tool designed to work alongside the Pen in everyday Surface creative use.”
I want one. It makes we want to create desktop software for Windows again.
It looks like Microsoft has hit one out of the park.
Designer Neven Mrgan took a trip to his local Microsoft Store to check one out. He seems impressed.
I don't sketch/draw much so it's not for me. It makes me wish I was someone else so I could use it! (like using an iPad instead of a Mac)
— Neven Mrgan (@mrgan) October 28, 2016
Can you imagine using Photoshop with the Surface Dial? Yeah, it could be awesome for designers.