Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Microsoft Research working on portable Surface (Turn any surface into a touchscreen display!)

Microsoft's Surface has managed to carve out a small niche for itself, but there's only so many places that a large, touchscreen installation can find a home (a yacht, for instance). Microsoft Research seems to be aware of that, and it's apparently been hard at work on a more portable Surface for some time now. As you can see above (and in the video after the break), the so-called Mobile Surface would rely on a combination of a projector and a camera (and mobile phone, in this instance), which would offer about the same level of interaction as a regular Surface, and even a few advantages -- like being able to use a pair of drumsticks to play the drums. If this all seems a little familiar, it should, as Light Blue Optics and others have already employed nearly identical systems to turn any surface into a touchscreen display. Curiously, Microsoft Research has since pulled the Mobile Surface page from its website, but you can find all the pertinent details by diving into the links below.

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Microsoft Research working on portable Surface originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 02 Mar 2010 17:37:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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1 comment:

  1. Sarah Coley9:38 AM

    I found this post very interesting. I love to hear about the technology that is currently being developed. I find it amazing that ten years ago people were just starting to get basic cell phones, and now there are cell phones that are capable of being portable touchscreen projectors. Human ingenuity never fails to amaze!