Alongside the Surface Studio, at the Windows 10 event, Microsoft also introduced the Surface Dial. This is a new input device that will help users through the creative process.
Surface Dial is a $100 Bluetooth accessory that rotates and clicks with haptic feedback and 3,600 points of precision built for Surface.
With this device, you can quickly access tools and shortcuts. On image editing applications, you can manipulate images and change colors. On Windows 10, for example, basic functionalities will include adjust volume and zooming controls.
Although Microsoft wants every app to include support for the Surface Dial, it’s up to developers to add the integration. Initially, when the Surface Dial releases on November 10th, these are the apps that will include support for the new device:
- Drawboard PDF
- Mental Canvas Player
- Moho 12
- Word, PowerPoint, Excel (Office Win32)
- OneNote (UWP version)
- Windows Maps
- Groove Music
- PewPew Shooter
- Microsoft Photos
- Adobe Photoshop (basic zoom support)
It’s not just for Surface, other PCs and laptops will also support the dial peripheral, but the Surface Studio is the only device that will support on-screen interaction. Microsoft is planning to update its Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 to include on-screen support, but this won’t happen until sometime next year, and we’re not even sure the functionalities it will support.
Source The Verge