Microsoft's Stevie Bathiche, director of the group, demonstrated some of the component projects for reporters on Feb 21st during an event on the Microsoft campus, previewing the annual Microsoft Research TechFest.
"One of the concepts shown in Microsoft's popular "future of productivity" video is a large display that lets children on different sides of the world interact with one another as if standing on opposite sides of a giant pane of glass -- with the ability to see the other side in three dimensions, change perspective by moving around, and draw and animate objects on the display with their fingers, among other features."
See the video above for all the details of the technology, as explained by Bathiche during the demos.
Watch to the end for some hints about Microsoft's plans. Asked when the company might start to roll out basic elements of the technology, Bathiche said he wasn't at liberty to say, but he noted that the reporters should come back and ask him the same question in about six months.
"This changes the web," one reporter said.
"This changes everything -- if we can get it working," Bathiche responded.
Note in particular the use of the Kinect motion-sensor in some of the demos. Those were just a few of projects at the event that pointed to the future of that device -- and of the company more broadly.
[tags]microsoft research,motion controller[/tags]