Microsoft Research shows multi-touch notebook project



Who knows what tech projects lurk behind closed doors at Microsoft? Long Zheng knows. Actually, so do the people behind the closed doors, but we don’t hear from them much. ;) Long found this interesting video demonstration of a multi-touch notebook display that effectively simulates Microsoft’s Surface computing project, only it does so in a very preliminary way and is cobbled together with sensors on a standard notebook. Well worth watching this develop as that rodent most of us have attached to our notebooks could be exterminated if multi-touch potential is reached. What’s interesting is a unique difference between Microsoft’s multi-touch approach compared to Apple’s: what we’ve seen so far from Microsoft requires infrared sensors and cameras in general, while the iPhone appears to use two true touchpoints from what I can see.

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