Microsoft is about to make the dream comes true, but which dream is it actually? The employees have been working a project to make a sort of virtual television screen or blackboard real. The project was shown at Techfest, an annual fair thrown by Microsoft Research in Redmond to demonstrate its employees’ projects from the scientific group.
This Applied Sciences Group exhibited a Virtual Window. This Virtual Window is a display screen designed to let two people to see and interact with each other. Closer looking gives details about this project and it was still put into a concept which means the components used were not integrated into one unit. However, those parts presented the new alternatives of combining 3D display with Kinect motion sensor.
According to Steve Bathiche, Applied Sciences director, the company plans to create the ultimate display as well as ultimate video. Moreover, he showed more parts from the fair. The first one is a Wedge optic. It is a flat lens that produces videos on both lens and can be used as a camera to capture video.
Previously, this technology is known as the part of Surface. Surface is a touchscreen computer which comes with thin design and size similar to a flat-panel television. The touchscreen develops very rapidly as you can see that many touchscreen technology implemented to smartphones and tablets is able to recognize finger taps, pinches, and pulls.
So as Widget optic that is also able to recognize what kind of objects touching it or making contact with it and from which direction the objects come. It even recognizes the object specifically, even if it is a hand or a drinking glass.
Next is the 3D optic video that comes as a display screen that tracks the viewer’s eyes using a Kinect motion sensor to show glasses-free 3D video. This utility is called the first 3D autostereoscopic steerable display. You can as well use it like a mirror since it can reflect the viewer in image.
Another part shown is Multi-viewer 3D video, a prototype display that is able to broadcast two different 3D broadcasts to two persons who are sitting side by side in front of one same screen. It makes use a Kinect motion sensor to track viewer’s eyes. As illustration, when two persons sit in front of a screen, one can watch a 3D football game, whereas the other can watch another 3D video simultaneously.