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Wednesday, 06 October 2010 10:39

Microsoft shoves a computer into a room

Written by Nick Farell

One giant surface
Microsoft boffins are planning to turn an entire room into one giant computing surface. According to Cnet Andy Wilson and his team are designing LightSpace which turns a 3 meter by 2 meter room into a  surface computer.

The rooms floor, table, and a wall are all interactive. It does all this using  projectors and depth-sensing cameras. LightSpace lets a user do is take an object from, say a table, and sweep it into their hand or a plate or other object. "You see it in your hand," Wilson said in an interview today. "That's a very different interaction than just a surface."

One idea of using LightSpace to power some kind of next-generation conference room and hand out papers and throw them onto a wall. Wilson says he sees a lot of potential for moving to the use of three-dimensional objects, though that would certainly add cost and might require a user to wear special glasses.

Nick Farell

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+26 #1 Seraphim401 2010-10-06 13:01
The first step in creating the USS Enterprise.
-7 #2 thetruth 2010-10-06 13:06
Right, so what's the end goal of this? To simulate a meeting room as convincingly as possible? I thought that having to hand out sheets of paper was a thing of the past...
+4 #3 yasin 2010-10-06 17:22
end goal-paperless work environment.you get notes across the table, and can access other files related to the meeting.you can write your own notes using a stylus on the table, save it to your plugged in usb and take it home.that would be the ultimate goal i reckon-would be amazing too.
0 #4 deadspeedv 2010-10-07 09:12
Turn it into an awesome FPS room...cough I mean advanced police and military simulation enclosure.
-3 #5 WarSmk 2010-10-07 19:53
And misleading title, again...
That's like looking at your screen and calling it a computer(In Apple's case this may actually be true).

I think a better title would have been:
Microsoft turns an entire room into a user interface

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