Microsoft has acquired Perceptive Pixel, 82in touchscreen shown off

Microsoft has announced that it acquired Perceptive Pixel to help build large-scale touchscreen devices. The acquisition was announced today at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference and showed off an 82in touchscreen device to highlight the technology.

By using Windows 8 on a massive screen size such as an 82in device that supports stylus and touch input, this will bridge new opportunities in the corporate environment. The technology will help make Windows products fast and fluid on the large scale and as Steve says, is "fairly revolutionary" to create devices in this size. 

The 82in touchscreen worked much like a small-scale device but allows for unique interactive experiences and offers wide versatility in the office setting. The goal is to bring devices like this to every office and classroom around the world. Steve Ballmer already has one of these devices in his office and he states that it has changed how he operates and gets things done. 

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We had Perceptive Pixel come to our company to demo their products last year as we were thinking of purchasing one (we purchased their 23" version). Hardware is very solid and very fluid interface. They initially built it on top of Windows 7 and used their own multi-touch driver and have their own API.

It'll be fun to see what Microsoft does with it!

I don't need it, but I want it. I'm probably going to sell my house to buy it. Actually, scratch that. I'm going to sell someone else's house and buy this thing. If I sell mine I won't have a place to put my shiny new 82 inch tablet.

FoxieFoxie said,

That conference view with all notes, everything...


Yeah, this company has some good stuff going, I also didn't know they were the people behind the CNN presidential election touch screen app stuff I saw back in 2008. I dunno how much MS paid but I think it's worth it. Touch devices like this, big and small, are the future of computing.

The map demo was sick! Couldn't believe how slick that was!
And the One Note stylus demo was awesome too. Very natural to have one hand writing, and the other one panning around.