While Bluetooth connectivity and, with it, the ability to send and receive files and content from mobile devices, has always been a hallmark of Microsoft’s dazzling Surface efforts, Amnesia Razorfish has just taken it to another level.
Razorfish Connect completely replaces part of the Surface interface for getting things on and off of your iOS device. Once paired, items can be dragged between the Surface environment and the mobile device environment.
As the video and photos show, the transitions are close to seamless; the phone or tablet looks like a transparent sheet of glass that sits on top of the Surface, letting users look through it and still manipulate the content.
The process combines a number of disparate technologies, such as Wi-Fi, proximity detection, accelerometers, etc. For the moment, the Connect software works only with iOS devices such as the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Amnesia Razorfish is planning, however, to support Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry smartphones.
The company said that the new software has already been updated to work with the next-generation Surface technologies seen at CES earlier this year. It will be curious to see if it will work with some of Microsoft’s ‘multi-touch on any surface’ initiatives.