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    New Kinect Software Turns Any Surface Into Touch Screen

    http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/a...ch-screen.aspx
    Microsoft has been working on the Concept for years.....very interesting.
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    If you've ever been envious of all those sci-fi movies where the characters can swipe and tap at translucent screens placed seemingly everywhere, Microsoft has the product for you. The latest technology, paired with Kinect, gives users the ability to turn any surface into a touch screen. As a plus, it's not nearly as expensive as you may suspect.

    The software comes from Ubi Interactive (not associated with Ubisoft) and started as just a prototype product. Now, the software is on sale for consumers. The price ranges from $149 to $1499 depending on the version purchased, and must be paired with a projector and a Kinect sensor.

    When paired with a PC loaded with the software, the Kinect sensor's 3D mapping capability allows users to click, zoom and scroll through web pages and applications just as it would be done on a smartphone or tablet.

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    This technology is groundbreaking, and could be very usefully integrated into classrooms for more interactive and seamless presentations. While the footage of the technology shown is impressive, the gaming uses so far don't seem nearly as useful. It could be used, as shown, to create a massive game of Angry Birds by projecting the game onto a glass wall. But, until more innovative uses for gaming are integrated, you may not want drop a lot of cash on Ubi Interactive's software or a projector.
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    That's really cool technology. I saw MS working on something similar a while ago.

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    That is actually pretty interesting.




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    Not a big fan of top down projection screens like that, since you block the image and cause shadows. Admittedly it is probably the cheapest option, but it has more limitations. I'd rather a bottom up projection under the surface.

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    I think this is a pretty cool idea. Would really like to see this in action. This and the 3d body mapping are the two things that make the Kinect interesting IMO.




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    I saw MS have something similar at their Microsoft Home in Redmond once. It looks like an evolution of their original idea. Not sure how this would benefit the Xbox though.

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