Sunday, April 1, 2007

Surface-Computing Innovations: PlayTogether

“”Surface computing uses sensing and display technology to imbue everyday surfaces with interaction. PlayAnywhere is a compact surface-computing system shown at TechFest last year. This year, we will show PlayTogether: two networked PlayAnywhere units exchanging video of each other’s desktop surface, including hands, game pieces, and drawing surfaces. PlayTogether offers interesting combinations of the real world with the virtual world: Playing chess across the network, you see your opponent’s hands and pieces superimposed on your own real pieces and desktop. We will show other technologies, including an application of depth-sensing video cameras, which work like a normal video camera but also calculate how far away the imaged surface is at each pixel, resulting in (R, G, B, Z)-valued images. We will show a game that combines the surface-computing idea with this exciting new technology.”” – Microsoft Research TechFest 2007

Video interview by the Geeky Laura Foy of and the interviewee Andrew D. Wilson.

Cool, one step closer to the Computer UI featured in the movie "Minority Report".

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