Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Microsoft Announces The Surface Dial

During the Microsoft October event, the company announced the Surface Dial, a wireless brushed aluminum puck that adds new gestures and functionality to a variety of Surface-friendly apps. It has the ability to quickly flip through document pages like a scroll wheel, adjust screen brightness or audio volume, and rewind through pen strokes like a rotating Ctrl-Z button. But the dial also has the ability to work directly onscreen for additional functions based on the app and the context, like changing paint color without picking up your pen (as seen in the video below). The Surface Dial work with the Surface Studio, Surface Pro 3, Pro 4 and Surface Book (though the on-screen functions will only work with the Studio.) At launch there will be 14 compatible apps, including Sketchable, Spotify and Microsoft Office apps. The Surface Dial is available to pre-order now for $100 and releases on November 10th.

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