Unboxing Australia’s first Microsoft Surface table

Yesterday, we (Amnesia) took delivery of Australia’s first two Microsoft Surface tables. We believe they were the first units to ship outside the US. Not often you get your hands on something no one else has seen, so we thought we’d share the grand opening of the boxes…

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These crates are heavy. Around 125kg each. “That’s a Big Ass Box” quipped one of the designers.

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Raiders of the Lost Ark eat your heart out…

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No time to waste we borrowed a crowbar and a hammer from the courier to get inside.

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The tables we packed very securely and nothing was even slightly scuffed from transit.

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Something to hang on the wall to inspire everyone… a big finger 🙂

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The entire package is very polished.

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The entire table is packed in what is essentially a GIANT ziplock bag.

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When unpacked, the table has the calibration mat and some other printed materials covering the screen.

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Up and running in just a few minutes. We actually had our first app (with our own content) up and running within 20 minutes which is great news.

Meantime, staff can’t stop walking up to the table and playing with the demos that were included – A big ass table yes… but so much fun.

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84 Responses to Unboxing Australia’s first Microsoft Surface table

  1. […] Amnesia, Australia, Digital, Microsoft Surface After all the rumours, we have finally and quite literally unwrapped Australia’s first surface table. Now we just have to figure out what to do with […]

  2. Nick Hodge says:

    w00tage!

    lucky.

    Now, can you deliver one to my desk.

    kthxbai

  3. Fin... says:

    Hardly fair considering I work for Microsoft Australia and I haven’t got one yet 😦 grrrrr 😉 Have you tried spilling coffee on one yet???

  4. Mo Kargas says:

    Lucky lucky lucky. The boys and I here are so jealous right now!!

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  6. Brady says:

    @Fin: I’ll go and coffee test it now.

    @Mo: 😉

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  8. Jason says:

    ohhhhh. jealous. very jealous.

  9. Shenouda Andrawis says:

    its like a computer with a table attached

  10. jtu100 says:

    Table-et computing!

  11. Berno says:

    The Aussies always get the coolest stuff!

  12. Rog42 says:

    Awesome stuff – here’s looking to some innovative Aussie apps…
    Rog42

  13. […] Amnesia, heeft foto’s op hun blog geplaatst van het uitpakken van de eerst Microsoft Surface in Australie. Grof geweld is nodig om de Surface uit zijn benarde positie te halen, deze arriveert namelijk in een houten kist, iets wat denk ik nog moet veranderen mocht de Surface ooit retail gaan worden verkocht. […]

  14. Ian Cleasby says:

    I want to play Pong on it 😀

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  16. Alistair says:

    It must be a tight squeeze in that office…

    maybe you can send that old pinball machine out to North Ryde? 🙂

  17. pedro says:

    You may have a computer table but you’re behind us in the olympic table.

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  34. thealphanerd says:

    Cool. I want one.

    It looks like they’re also prepared for consumer version, it even come witha manual/poster/the darned cool thing.

  35. […] The story of unpacking and first use gets picked up on the Amnesia Blog. […]

  36. mr e says:

    we got one 3 days before but arent allowed to tell anyone 😦

  37. Markus says:

    Nice! I want one too! 🙂 Thanks for sharing the pictures

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  40. ted says:

    Oh that is SOOO cool! I’d followed the “big table(t)” and was really curious to see one in the wild. Thanks for the post! now, how much is airfare?

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  42. Stimpy says:

    … but it’s a bit small isn’t it? Here’s a bigger one just up the road from you –

    http://www.vimeo.com/1376291

  43. nicereddy says:

    have you tried going to your own website on it? 😀
    RED OUT

  44. Stimpy says:

    I go to my website on my iPhone 🙂

  45. tim says:

    you forgot to include the link to the demo video

  46. Nate Cochrane says:

    But can it play tabletop Space Invaders or PacMan or Defender. Retro gaming with multitouch would be cool.

  47. Min Thu says:

    It is just too heavy to move around. need some wheels at the bottom!

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  49. Abercock says:

    Wow, that is sooo cool!!

    Does it run windows? Or just have a few demo programs?
    How much was it and how did you buy it? (just interested lol)

    Thanks for sharing the pics!

  50. thealphanerd says:

    @Abercock: It runs a heavily customized Windows Vista.

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    needs CTRL ALT DEL

  53. ITI says:

    Great for playing styx…… Oh lord, it was in..in …… can’t remember….. :o)

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  63. Barnaby says:

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  64. Palmer says:

    I love this site so so so much 🙂 Cool site!!,

  65. Rita says:

    I came across the Microsoft surface being used in many places recently like retail outlet, photo shops etc. I saw one article that details the features and spec. It also had a couple of video links. Anyone interested could watch it below:-

    http://www.kanbal.com/index.php?/Internet-Technology/the-surface.html

  66. Dave says:

    How is it possible to quip “That’s a Big Ass Box”?

  67. UK Magazines says:

    You guys must be enjoying using it right now 🙂

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  69. Its great to have it. I really want to play with it :).

  70. Wii Points says:

    Ohh man, you are so lucky. I’ve been going crazy over the Microsoft Surface Table since I first heard of it. It has graphical capabilities and I’d love to model in 3D (Zbrush and Mud Box ftw), use Photoshop (sensitivity ftw), and play an RTS. Ahh man, that’s too cool.

  71. So Lucky you people are. I really want to have but would be difficult for me 😦

  72. wow! I would love to use it. Can I? 🙂

  73. r1pro2003 says:

    i love the micro surface,but do anyone have any good ideas on how to develop an dsubmitt an simulir idea to a company like apple(microsoft)?

  74. […] probably also the first to be sold to non-retail customers. The guys at Amnesia spared no time to strip them from their packaging. If you thought plastic clamshell packaging was tough, you’ll need a crowbar for […]

  75. Congratulations for being lucky enough. It might remain a dream for me to even touch it.

  76. Congrates. I might also wood see its pictures only.

  77. fb siphon says:

    Its great. I would really love to even touch it 🙂

  78. Its been really wonderful to see you people are the first user in Australia. A lot of congratulations go to your way.

  79. […] almost a year ago to the month that Amnesia Razorfish smuggled the first Microsoft Surface tables into Australia with the help of parent company Razorfish, much to the excitement of local geeks. There was also a […]

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