Posts Tagged ‘microsoft’

Microsoft patent multi touch screen keyboard

March 22nd, 2010 by NearInteraction

A diagram depicting how the Microsoft multi touch keyboard may work

“Up until now, touch screen keyboards have been problematic in that the user has had to look at the screen to navigate the location of the keys. That could all be set to change with news that Microsoft has filed a most interesting patent for a touch screen keyboard that uses multi touch capabilities to incorporate the user’s own hands as a physical point of reference.

The patent describes a system that detects the base of a typist’s hands and then aligns an on screen keyboard in two halves underneath so that the user’s fingers automatically rest on the “home keys”. By using multi touch the keyboard appears wherever the user’s palms appear, and since the keys on a keyboard are always in relatively the same position to a user’s fingers, the hand serves as the physical point of reference. This could largely alleviate frustrations previously encountered by touch typists using touch screen keyboards.

Other features described in the patent include a gesture to dismiss the keyboard and the potential to scale the keyboard to size by detecting the distance between the base of a user’s hand and the tips of their fingers. Speculation is rife as to when Microsoft may be planning to implement the technology, with many expecting it to be incorporated into the Courier tablet PC, which is currently still at the prototype stage.”

via gizmag.

Microsoft Surface SP1 adds features, better support

May 20th, 2009 by NearInteraction

A few highlights:

- Tags support – 128 bit tags, so a looooot of tags;

- Visual feedback to touch;

- Non intrusive menu system;

- contextual menu on photos, etc;

- improved development plataform with lot of tools for testing/debugging..

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Surface app for doctors improves their bedside manner

April 6th, 2009 by NearInteraction
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Micro$oft News

March 19th, 2009 by NearInteraction

Microsoft Vision for 2019

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Talking Microsoft Surface with Stimulant

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“Now even Microsoft is talking about all this NUIs… Thanks to the guys at Stimulant for their views on the “natural user interface”. I believe this a great start and this year will be a turning point in truly starting to defining, discovering, sharing and understanding useful interaction techniques.

We have a lot of work to do… NUI brings a vast problem that encompasses almost all prior scientific research and knowledge. This has and continues to be the focal point in which I will aim unite our community under.

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SecondLight : Microsofts new table

October 30th, 2008 by NearInteraction

The new table projects an image through the table itself, so that any translucent material (such as tracing paper or perspex) held above the Surface screen displays a different image to what you see on the table’s display. See see see..

Microsoft finally makes Surface units, SDK available to developers

October 28th, 2008 by NearInteraction

Have you been pining after one of Microsoft’s slick multi-touch behemoths but don’t happen to have the bankroll or connections of, say, Harrah’s Casino? Today might be your lucky day. Microsoft has announced the limited initial availability of an SDK for the Surface computing environment. Scheduled to be released at the Microsoft Professional Developers conference today. More than 1,000 developers in attendence will receive exclusive rights to access the Surface SDK. Additionally, anyone with access to the SDK will be given the opportunity to purchase a developers unit for the bargain basement price of $13,500.

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August 29th, 2008 by NearInteraction

Earlier this year we wrote about the use of interactive surface technology in New York’s Adour wine bar, and now guests at Sheraton Hotels can use similar technology to access local information.


Deployed just last week in Sheraton’s Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Seattle hotels, Microsoft’s Surface
technology provides instant access to local tourist highlights. With a
30-inch display in a tablelike form that several guests can use at
once, Surface features an intuitive user interface that works without a
traditional mouse or keyboard to let people interact with content and
information in a natural and familiar way. Hotel guests can use their
hands and gestures to access entertainment and information about local
attractions, including CityTips, which provides 360-degree satellite
maps and tools to search for local restaurants and bars, entertainment,
recreation, shopping, transportation and services; Sounds of Sheraton,
a lobby-based digital jukebox enabling guests to create personal music
playlists from Sony BMG artists including John Legend, Kenny Chesney
and Lauryn Hill; and Sheraton Snapshots, giving guests a way to explore
Sheraton hotels and resorts throughout the world by simply browsing the
Surface photo library. Placement of the Surface units in Sheraton
lobbies is designed to enable guests to leverage and experience the
offerings in a social way, Sheraton says.

Sheraton is the first hotel to offer Microsoft Surface in its lobby,
it says, but it surely won’t be the last to feature such technology.
Following hard on the heels of the hotel chain’s recently cobranded Link @ Sheraton experienced with Microsoft effort to turn deserted hotel lobbies into technology-enabled brand spaces,
the new lobby experience promises to keep consumers engaged and coming
back for more. So far, just scratching the “surface” on this one …
other hotels, airports, restaurants—what about you? ;-)