Microsoft has just announced the acquisition of Perceptive Pixel – a company focused on research, development, and production of multitouch interfaces. Perceptive Pixel was responsible for the 82-inch display demonstrated at this year’s Mobile World Conference at Spain.
Perceptive Pixel Founder Jeff Han demonstrated, in an announcement made earlier today, the touch capabilities with PPI on a large conference room screen-sized Windows 8 screen. The whole ability to pinch and zoom and see in great detail all while noting up content on screen with a stylus while simultaneously manipulating other images and content with your other hand. Han says the display is the “world’s largest true multitouch and stylus display,” capable of supporting “hundreds of touch inputs simultaneously.”
Perceptive Pixel’s technology has also been used in production environments of CNN. Terms of the deal were not announced but the software giant is making Perceptive Pixel as part of its Office unit. “The acquisition of (Perceptive Pixel) allows us to draw on our complementary strengths, and we’re excited to accelerate this market evolution,” said Kurt DelBene, president, Office Division for Microsoft. Perceptive Pixel’s “large touch displays, when combined with hardware from our OEMs, will become powerful Windows 8-based PCs and open new possibilities for productivity and collaboration.”
Here’s a video of Perceptive Pixel demoing the 82″ multi-touch display at SIGGRAPH 2011. The use case in this video is used to do storyboarding for a particular news story or demonstrating the power of Google maps and remoting into other PCs.
Via »All Things D