Unless you run a restaurant or need an eye-catching trade show demo, you've probably never considered dropping $8,400 on a Microsoft Surface table. But this galaxy-bending demo of David Brown's NUIverse astronomy app might be enough to convince you.

It's like something out of Star Trek, as if Brown crammed the guts of the Enterprise's cartography room into a 40-inch touchscreen that let's you explore every planet and celestial body in our solar system. Everything is rendered in realtime as you use multi-touch gestures to pan and spin the universe, and we're just hoping a version for the more affordable iPad is in the works. [Dr Dave via The Awesomer]