Microsoft Surface Gets an Upgrade

We are all familiar with the Microsoft Surface, the multi-touch interactive table, but recently Microsoft unveiled some new developments they are hoping to implement into the next version.  At TechFest 2009 Microsoft’s Research and Development team are showcasing new projection technology that allows interaction with the Surface above the actual device.  The new upgrade, codenamed […]

We are all familiar with the Microsoft Surface, the multi-touch interactive table, but recently Microsoft unveiled some new developments they are hoping to implement into the next version.  At TechFest 2009 Microsoft’s Research and Development team are showcasing new projection technology that allows interaction with the Surface above the actual device.  The new upgrade, codenamed SecondLight, includes an additional projector hidden inside the Surface product body that will detect a basic hand held viewfinder held over the screen that can be used to project additional images on.

The employee demonstrating the upgraded device shows the ability of the extra projector to layer information originally hidden within the projected data.  Simple additional tools like tracing paper and an LED mobile surface can be utilized to further enhance the user’s experience.  Through infrared projection and swanky tracing technology, the interaction with the additional surfaces are done in real time.  Like many projects in R&D, this technology is not guaranteed to come to market, but hopefully Microsoft can come up with some useful implementations and we’ll see it soon.  For more information, check out this video from the convention from TechCrunch:

[via TechCrunch]

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