Did they mention the price of the Pro 2 yet?
"If you used to type in the past with Touch Cover... you might have dropped keys." That's because your finger hit between the sensors. Now you can hit your finger between the keys and it'll still be picked up.
"With Touch Cover and Type Cover 2 they work on all of our products." That's RT, Pro, Pro 2 and Surface 2. "But that's not where this sensor ends. You can now do gestures on top of it."
"We can give you opportunities that you've never seen before."
"Everything the Surface team does, everything they do back in Redmond, it's focused not on now but on the future. We started Surface 2 long before the Surface RT launch."
This is almost like a giant touch pad.
Video time again, we're going to a design school.
Students are opening up the Surface boxes and experimenting.
Moving away from the one-key/one-sensor design gives you a lot of opportunities to do different things.
Ralf Groene, the Creative Director of the Surface, is talking about the concepts.
Ralf is showing off a different controller, with big square buttons.
Oh wow. Attached specialized control panels for Touch Cover?
Will third-party accessory makers produce their own Surface click-on covers?
The students are now riffing over other ideas that you could do with the Touch Cover style interface. And we're getting some zippy dubstep music in the background.
The idea of specialized touch covers with new controls is an awesome, awesome idea.
"What if..." is the common theme.
Give me two turntables on a Touch Cover, just sayin'...
Surface 2, coming 10/22" just popped up on the screen.
Oh, there's the date on-screen, says 10/22.
Showing some crazy Touch Cover backlit DJ rig.
It's the Surface Remix Project, available 10/22. It's a DJ-style interface.
We're getting a demo of it now. 16 large square buttons on the right, three sliders on the left, play/pause and other controls on the upper-left.
You can use on-screen controls on a tablet, sure, but the idea of specialized snap-on controls would make serious work a lot more interesting.
Panos is showing off the pressure sensitivity. Hitting the button harder results in a louder bass drum. "We know how hard you're hitting that key." He's talking about the potential for finger painting.
Panos is going to be remixing a Linkin Park song. Cover your ears.
Something with Linkin Park described as a "Cool song," for the purposes of this demo.
This is pretty futuristic-feeling.
First serious misstep of this press conference? Is this what people listen to in Seattle these days?
Panos is now mixing in real-time, adding in lyrics, bass, drums, and lots of random... stuff.
"That is the Surface Remix Project." Big applause!
"You have never seen that before." (Actually, I saw it last week. Shh.)
Software app feels like Abelton Live, Reason, etc.
Fun, but...this tech needs to be opened up to all app-makers and their tools. Don't want a peripheral that can't work with everything.
"We're proud of what we're bringing you today. We're proud of it... Every single detail continues to be thought of... You will feel it when you use it."
Will there be a gold model?
8 a.m. ET tomorrow you can preorder your Surface tablets.
10/22 is when they hit 21 markets.
$349 for RT, which stays. $449 for the Surface 2. $899 for the Surface Pro 2.