Multitouch displays that 'see' without the use of cameras
Monday 10 January 2011
Microsoft unveiled the next generation of its much talked-about large-screen multitouch "Surface" at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, showing off technology that enables LCD displays to "see" and interact with users without the need for cameras.
The new technology is called PixelSense and has the ability to "recognize fingers, hands, and and other objects placed on the screen."
Microsoft and Samsung have incorporated the PixelSense technology into a large-screen display to create a product called the Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface.
At just four inches thin, the 40-inch 16:9 aspect ratio screen can be hung vertically, embedded in walls or displayed horizontally. It supports up to 50 simultaneous touch points, multi-user inputs and enables "unparalleled" experiences in full HD 1080p at a resolution of 1920x1080.
"With the introduction of the next generation of Surface, using PixelSense technology, we'll bring more tables and walls to life with amazing natural experiences for people to enjoy together," said Panos Panay, general manager, Microsoft Surface.
The LCD panel and new hardware product was developed in partnership with Samsung and is not just destined for prototype status.
Business customers such as Dassault Aviation, Fujifilm Corp., Red Bull GmbH, Royal Bank of Canada and Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. in 23 countries around the world will get their hands on the "Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface" experience in 2011.
Microsoft's Surface is primarily aimed at business customers, but it is easy to imagine the device becoming a highly sought-after interactive coffee table or games table in any one's home - and at a price of $7,600 it's not too far out of reach for high-end technology lovers with a big budget.
The Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface will be available "later" in 2011 in 23 countries across the globe including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.
A video of Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface in action can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMW7pd41Cz0
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