Kathryn Greenhill, Emergent Technologies Specialist at Murdoch University (and indeed for most of Australia's libraries) reviews Microsoft's Surface Computer on her remarkable blog, Librarians Matter.
Kathryn went on a tour of the United States and the Netherlands earlier this year as Australia's main library representative in all things 2.0. Not only is she a highly regarded global ambassador in these matters, but this table is EXACTLY what one of my son's former doctors should have had to manage his paperwork.
(His weapon of choice? a terrific secretary and an extraordinarily messy little backpack. I hope no one reading this knows who I mean, as he is a fantastic specialist.)
When I can find the article where the original research was quoted in which practitioners from the Mayo Clinic were surveyed some years ago to ascertain what kind of screen would best match the way they used documents, I will link to it. And I will send this picture to the specialist if I can find his email address, I think he will appreciate it.
But this is not just good for kids (though the low cost table and applications her husband is developing for use in disability sound wonderful). Oh Nooooo. Click through and have a look, it's a thing of beauty all right.