Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is expected to show off new technology on Wednesday that is designed for the board room and is a spin-off of Microsoft's Surface computer. TouchWall, a prototype device developed by Microsoft Research and Office Labs, is a vertical representation of Surface, the multitouch tabletop computer from Microsoft. TouchWall could be used by business people to give presentations. They can touch the panel that would hang on the wall to drag, scroll and enlarge documents, photos or videos on the screen.
TouchWall is comprised of integrated hardware that includes laser and infrared lights that recognize the touch of fingertips on the screen. It is run by software, called Plex, that lets users manipulate the content. Gates will show off the prototype to around 115 CEOs who will gather on Microsoft's campus in Redmond, Washington, on Wednesday as part of the 12th annual CEO Summit there. It is an invitation-only event and, as in the past, only a few attendees have agreed to share their identities. This year, former General Electric Chairman and CEO Jack Welch, billionaire philanthropist and investor Warren Buffet and author Thomas Friedman plan to attend. Tom Brokaw, Charlie Rose and Michael Kinsley are lined up to moderate some of the scheduled sessions.