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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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

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!!

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?

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

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.

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!

lol, do you really think this is the final product? :p

it should be very clear to everyone than watches the clip that it's a RESEARCH project, and i mean...
what do you really mean by open-sourcey?

(morphen said @ #17.1)
lol, do you really think this is the final product? :p

it should be very clear to everyone than watches the clip that it's a RESEARCH project, and i mean...
what do you really mean by open-sourcey?

Of course this is not the final product but it's Microsoft, the final product is expected to be much worse than the prototype, everybody knows that.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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

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