Critical.
Authoritative.
Strategic.
Subscribe to CIO Magazine »

Microsoft's 3D transparent interface makes us feel like we're living in the future

Microsoft develops a form of 3D computing that uses a transparent screen and Kinect motion-traction technology.

Windows 8 may seem like a radical change from what came before it, but some of the stuff Microsoft has cooking in its research labs makes Windows 8 look boring by comparison.

Researchers at Microsoft's Applied Sciences Group developed a 3D-looking computer interface displayed on a transparent screen. Microsoft's 3D computing combines Samsung's new transparent OLED screen, as well Microsoft's own Kinect sensors. Combining the two allowed the research team to create a virtual 3D desktop that you can manipulate with hand gestures.

The Kinect sensors track the hand gestures, as well as your eye and head movements, adjusting the perspective of the screen accordingly. In what may be a strange, backwards setup to most, the screen is actually positioned in front of the keyboard. This makes it so you can switch from interacting with objects in 3D behind the screen to the more conventional interaction via the keyboard. And since the screen is transparent, you can still see what you're typing.

This technology is purely experimental for now. Whether this technology ever sees the light of day depends on whether or not transparent screens become practical, but it's clear that the computing giants are looking at way to change the way we interact with our computers.

via Geek.com]

Like this? You might also enjoy...

Get more GeekTech: Twitter - Facebook - RSS | Tip us off

Join the CIO Australia group on LinkedIn. The group is open to CIOs, IT Directors, COOs, CTOs and senior IT managers.

More about: Facebook, Microsoft, Samsung, Technology
References show all
Comments are now closed.
Related Whitepapers
Latest Stories
Community Comments
Latest Blog Posts
Whitepapers
  • Case Study: Fox Sports
    Fox Sports Australia needed a way to deal with explosive data growth while moving to a new purpose-built studio and production facility. Read how an internal private broadcaster helped the broadcaster meet these challenges while savings costs, decreasing system implementation time and reducing IT support calls by 75%.
    Learn more »
  • PCI DSS v3.0 - Compliance Guide
    Due to a lack of consumer confidence and a subsequent drop in sales, all entities that handle credit cardholder information are being challenged to adopt more effective data protection measures. This paper provides information on available tools to help validate compliance with the latest version of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).
    Learn more »
  • The Future of IT: From Chaos to Service Automation
    Technology has become the heart and soul of every business, but IT workload and system complexity become more challenging. This whitepaper details the future of IT, the major challenges facing CIOs, and the three ways to transform IT so CIOs can lead the way.
    Learn more »
All whitepapers
rhs_login_lockGet exclusive access to Invitation only events CIO, reports & analysis.
Salary Calculator

Supplied by

View the full Peoplebank ICT Salary & Employment Index

Recent comments