Microsoft Planning on Interactive Displays, Gesture-Based Controllers

By Prarthito

Do you have issues with touching your smartphone when you got a wet hand to deal with? Everybody does. And now it seems like Microsoft has a plan on how to bypass all those problems, thus eliminating worries or electrical damages due to passage of water.

According to reports, Redmond-based technology giant Microsoft is currently working on a certain next generation technology that will bring forward phones, tablets and televisions that can be operated from afar, without any need of swiping them.

Microsoft Planning on Interactive Displays, Gesture-Based Controllers


Apparently, the technology will allow users to control a certain screen with their fingers even from the other corner of a room and even put their hands through a screen to 'touch' objects.

So basically the Redmond giant is working on entirely new ways to interact with devices. The aim here is to create touchscreens that can be controlled using nothing but gestures, company's chief scientist Rico Malvar explains.

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In order to capture feedback, the company has developed electronic bracelets that will detect the movement of the user's fingers. Using the technology, a person will be able to operate the device just via gestures. The user can also be at the other end of the room, but the technology will still work.

This new bracelet will also allow users to control the television, allowing users to change channels, maintain volume, and perform a host of other operations by using hands while wearing the bracelet. Apart from that, users will also be able to control their mobile and tablet devices via the technology.

Moreover, Microsoft has also unveiled a new 'interactive displays' feature. The feature comes with a certain 'floating display', which offer illusions of a globe spinning or a dragon flying, just inches above a flat monitor. Cameras and motion sensors will then allow users to interact with these floating objects. Space age stuff, isn't it?


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Another similar prototype (using the same tech) allows a user sitting in front of a large screen to see a series of cubes. The user can then place his or her hands behind the device in order to 'touch' these objects.

While all these sound quite breathtaking, the technology is still in its early stages and cannot be expected soon. However, if indeed there are plans for it in the future, buckle up for something fantastic.

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