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Inside Microsoft: Beyond Surface

Friday, June 24, 2011 - 03:17

June 24 - The world's largest software manufacturer offers up a rare glimpse of its incubation lab where top researchers are working to build breakthrough technologies such as 'The Magic Window.' Matt Cowan reports.

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A lot of digital information. Think you have a lot of screens to contend with now have a look inside Microsoft's home of the future according to the world's largest software manufacturer. This is what social networking might look like in ten years time. That's right the wall is on the bedroom wall. In the near term Microsoft has developed a second version of its surface multi touch computer that does away with hefty based thanks to something called pixel -- technology. There's a moral issue being able to take a tagging technology that we which is a bite size tag. And embedded in two or stick it on top of this particular issue now want to place the issue of the device. I programmed it to say. Every time I hit the search button going to be web. And get a selection of shoes. Built with gorilla glass the belief is that this will be robust enough to be placed in bars and shops the co inventors of the surface Andy Wilson and Steve we teach -- each working on new concepts fitting to use advanced technology. To make the digital experience -- more natural. Wilson's project is called light space. I'm when you touch this in the new touch this you now have this sort of automatic transfer that's almost as if my body is conduit for information. Much of the technology including connect cameras and projectors is overhead. Steve the teach or Stevie BS he's better known is working on building what he described as the ultimate interactive experience the magic window. And so here you have a kid you walked up to this really large white white board. Am I achieve interacting with a child who's on the other side of the world but it feels like this child with standing right in front of you like you're standing right there in front of me. In an order to make that go pro life Skype video conferencing -- to something that field real. -- a lot of technology. This connection here for example -- really -- or you have to think about that what is happening here in order for this person. Defeat at hand and for that person to feel that hand. When -- handed right above. Touching the screen. In order to create the illusion of peering into another world -- his team are using Microsoft's Kinect motion sensing technology to create a few dependent rendered image. If -- -- up right down. You can feel that the view of changing at a function of -- the -- of my head. In order for this to work for more than one person the team is looking to build a multi -- display. This is a touch screen that sees beyond the surface. And you can see Bethlehem. And we'll be here the device that is both projecting light out and capturing light and and put both technologies together you can -- builder -- the fundamental basic building blocks for creating that that magic window that try to connect people. We're very far from each other but make them feel like they're very cool. Ultimately all of these concepts with their actual products or scenario prototypes. Demonstrate the priority Microsoft is placing on creating new natural user interface is for computers. -- talent Reuters in right.

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Inside Microsoft: Beyond Surface

Friday, June 24, 2011 - 03:17