The last year has seen quite a few prototypes of interactive touchscreen interfaces. In fact I remember blogging on this, as different examples of user interaction started appearing on the web in videos such as this and this; and, of course, the iPhone is imminent. In an important development today, Microsoft has announced details of Surface, an exciting and innovative use of touch technology. which seems to confirm that 'touch control' applications are going to play a big part in our (near) futures.
According to Techcrunch the new technology is destined for commercial use such as restaurants, retail and public information services. It looks ideal for intuitively manipulating images or working with mapping tools such as Google Earth or Google's new Street View Maps. However I am sure there must be lots of applications and implications for learning. I welcome your initial ideas and thoughts in the comments, and look forward to reading any that appear.