Microsoft Sphere

As you all know about Microsoft Surface....Microsoft Sphere is the current R&D product that Microsoft is developing.
Multi-touch, Natural interaction are few in the top good features.

Have a look...whats your feedback? is it just for Research? or can it be bought into Retail like Surface was into At&T stores!!

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What's with this bizarre attitude that all technology has to be for home use? o.O

Everyone knows this is how they would want the bridge control interface on a space shuttle to work (being inside the sphere, at least). :3

I have to say I normally back Microsoft up, but I just really don't use it's uses to make me go OMG! I NEED ONE OF THOSE RIGHT NOW! But maybe I'm wrong. I'll wait for further judgment until I see more things it can do.

This is an awesome.

The people that are saying this is useless are the same people that said "Who would ever need two moniters.".

This is very useful. Unmanned Information Kiosk, Group therapy, (as mentioned before schools),
Do I see it ever being used? No. This is r&d they are working on something much bigger and this is just a step

Also the R&D is not developing application for a spherical display they are studying touch-sensitive applications. They said themselves that they were researching handling multiple responses in a spherical environment.

I know there are a ton of total nit wits out there, but who here DIDN'T know from the first time they ever visited myspace, it was a virus? I mean that site sucks so bad, I don't know how anyone can even stand it?!!

(cork1958 said @ #23)
I know there are a ton of total nit wits out there, but who here DIDN'T know from the first time they ever visited myspace, it was a virus? I mean that site sucks so bad, I don't know how anyone can even stand it?!!

I barely tolerate it. I have AdBlock Plus to remove ads and such. But your going way offtopic dude.

Well, to be quite honest, it depends.

It could be used in education and security scenarios, but I don't see it in a home environment.

Amazing to me that out of 30 posts only a handful of posters actually seem to have a coherent grasp of what "useful, intuitive and worthwhile" mean. Being an "advanced computer user" does not mean 4-boxing WOW and stealing your neighbor's wi-fi.

This is one of the more exciting advances in technology in a while. Surface and Sphere's underlying mechanics are so freakin' revolutionary it boggles the mind. You want Star Trek technology? You want holodecks? Of course you do! Where the hell do you think it will come from?

And for you gamers - you are absolutely going to kill for the advanced UIs that will be made possible through this.
Can you say Life-Sized 3D Holographic Interface?

Damn, this is cool.

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hehe this thing looks kinda neat. useful for a world map?

(Izlude said @ #1)
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This is pretty much the best quote from this thread. I couldn't stop laughing. Oh, what a world, what a world.

All inventions must start from somewhere! When Microsoft thinks outside of the box, and makes a prototype, everyone screams "useless". You know that the entire world is based off improvements of other peoples ideas.

Give Microsoft a break, they are at least developing something that MIGHT be useful later on in life.

Weren't many of these same people screaming the original surface tables were useless also? Yet they're popping up in stores and other places.

This technology opens the way for many cool things down the road. Come on multitouch wall! I'll never have to hang another picture frame again! :P

What a meaningless line of drivel.

The people researching this do not have that remit, nor would they be qualified to chase it. They are IT developer, not medicial ones.

Moreover, who is to say that the use of a 3d scaling technology isn't later used when we have supermegamicroscopes to see inside cells and so on.

Microsoft already donate HUGE sums, as does Bill Gates, to AIDS charities. Moreover, Microsoft have been instrumental in outfitting related research labs with cutting edge technologies.

If it's such a priority to you, what are you currently doing to help the cause?

Don't spout such hogswash!

Also, research is a journey, not a destination. In making one possibly non-practical application, you can learn about 5 practical ones. It's not about the end result always, it's about the learning.

These interfaces are amazing and have such potential in health, education, design and many other industries. I am very intrigued.

Even if the product is useless in the home the things they will learn about touch interfaces through this project are more than worth the cost of these guys have fun with their spheres. Isn't that the point of these research divisions?

Yeap...i meant that this is a R&D at MS...they arent going to sit in your home...maybe they will be in the museums, educational institutions etc...

As some Morphen pointed it out in few blogs above...if this same Sphere had be developed by Apple..and if Steve jobs shows the demo zooming into the upper part of his house...everyone would had said "i wanted it in my home, i can show my house in that iSphere!!"...crazy people!!

You guys are ridiculous. I could easily see these being used in retail locations like store lobbies or other such places with high traffic. It's not like this is meant for home use, and the guy even implies that.

Very cool technology.

-Spenser

It's just embarrassing to see how they're trying to make us like this useless technology.

I'm sure the Iphone-fashion-freaks will love this, but this is a step back for the advanced computer users.

(Vista said @ #9)
It's just embarrassing to see how they're trying to make us like this useless technology.

I'm sure the Iphone-fashion-freaks will love this, but this is a step back for the advanced computer users.

who EVER said that this is for your living room?

Is Surface for your living room?

please, write something constructive

(Vista said @ #9)
It's just embarrassing to see how they're trying to make us like this useless technology.

I'm sure the Iphone-fashion-freaks will love this, but this is a step back for the advanced computer users.

Dude I am a proud owner of an iPhone and I find this stuff useless. maybe a fortune teller might find this useful

most comments reek of "microsoft cannot make anything useful".

i bet if this was linux based and/or not a MS product, or a apple product, everybody would scream "I'AM GETTING ONE OF THOSE".

I would love to see this running google earth :D

and this would be a product for museums and that sort of institutions.

So, just because you cannot see this for use in your homes, doesn't mean it's "useless", "not intuitive", "a waste of resources".


Many of you seems to think that as long as you cannot see any use in a product for yourself, you think it's useless and so on.
Why don't we just stop all development and research, it's all a waste

you r absolutely ryt. most of them are foooooooooooooooolish. They used to boot their PC with Windows. Run Microsoft office, write documents, spread sheet etc. Run IE, brows websites. Learn .NET Language, be computer engineers, earn money, run business, feed themselves, lead life. But at last they say "microsoft cannot make anything useful" like a perfidious!

(Faisal Islam said @ #8.1)
you r absolutely ryt. most of them are foooooooooooooooolish. They used to boot their PC with Windows. Run Microsoft office, write documents, spread sheet etc. Run IE, brows websites. Learn .NET Language, be computer engineers, earn money, run business, feed themselves, lead life. But at last they say "microsoft cannot make anything useful" like a perfidious!

Huh? :confused:

Do you even know what intuitive means?

There's very little that's more intuitive than a globe that you can touch and spin with your finger.
The image viewing application is also very intuitive as you can "throw" pictures around, or zoom in and out, move them, etc.

wow, you guys aren't very imaginative are you.

right from the start I was mentally screaming out for a globe application, which I'm glad they did, but it was a wasted opportunity to not demonstrate it zooming in and out too. You can buy globes worth thousands already, there is certainly a market for a fully interactive Google earth on a spherical display unit.

Admittedly there are not a great deal of other applications where a spherical display is perhaps more apt than a flat one, but I'm sure there are some. and as a system for allowing the public to browse information in a museum or similar a globe is a much more...friendly display piece for crowds to walk around.

Also, making a large model the user steps inside (as it's a projected display it would be seen from either side) , multi touch manipulation for a planetarium, excellent.

You hit the nail on the head here. Microsoft is great with the technical details but awful at marketing. Your example of a globe demo would have made a pretty big splash in the news. Instead no one cares.

What a waste of resources. Sure, more people have access to it, and nobody has a "master" view/control but what bloody use is there for this thing?

I think there is a huge use for this in schools, and probably other places. You have to think outside the box as they say. Don't just shun something because you yourself don't see a use for it right from the start.

Yeah schools can afford that. Plus there's lots of educational applications out that support it now.

What's wrong with mapping something to a 3D accelerated sphere on a touch-screen though? I don't understand how you can effectively use a display where you have to walk around it to see the whole thing. Maybe for clubs they can make a new kind of disco ball or something :P

Who knows, maybe MS is designing this just for marketing like Surface. Plus look! They're innovative! They make crap nobody wants before anyone else! j/k, it may turn out to have some real cool use that nobody has forseen, but yeah count me in the same camp as the other skeptics...