Watch Windows 8.1 apps floating inside a holographic conference room

We see 3D holographic applications depicted in sci-fi movies and TV shows all the time, but today a company has announced that it has created technology that will enable users to interact with version of apps made for Windows 8.1 that are seen suspended in mid-air.

Digital Video Enterprises revealed today that it has now launched the DVE Immersion Room, which offers a way for business conference rooms to be outfitted with special projectors. The products, combined with Microsoft's Kinect sensor, lets people view and use apps in the middle of a room.

DVE states, "Other apps, such as PowerPoint and Lync, are now functioning in augmented reality mode with 3D objects filling the expanse of the room with no bulky glasses to wear." You can see a simulation of how the Immersion Room works in the video above, which shows Modern UI Live tiles set up in a room that can be spun by the user and then expanded when they find the app they need.

Of course, this kind of set up is for large business and government customers and the press release doesn't begin to offer any word on a price point for this Immersion Room. In other words, this is likely out of your range if you were dreaming of setting this up in your home office.

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As someone who works daily with customising UX, the future direction of the "modern" UI is quite clear - and I mean that literally. Today we have monochrome slabs for live tiles. Sizes and positioning are limited. But the idea of the live tile is so powerful that there's no reason it can't be advanced in the future to show full versions of the application running on the start screen. There's no reason why the monochrome live tile can't be replaced with full video representations. Meanwhile it's important to control size and spatial positioning to coordinate with gesture and other next-gen input methods. I'm beginning to get the picture.

With this "vision" in mind, if this is what Microsoft are doing, if this is their direction, then it's the first thing I've heard that will make me consider giving up my desktop.

Oh Wait!

Cisco already did this with their telepresence products. It works great, but the full 1080p and audio take a good amount of bandwidth, and dedicated fiber is always a plus. Not sure why the MS solution is that much better or different than what is already out there. Is it because they have tiles as part of the UI?

I want to see it in action, I remember a cool "simulation" of people sitting on a couch flipping through there music collection on Xbox a few years ago, I still can't do that without getting frustrated and picking up the controller.

Ok, let's me bet, it is a news because it mentions Windows 8.

In easy words, it is a transparent LCD prototyped as a conference tool.

No I think it was a combination of the use of Surface Pro, Kinect, PowerPoint, Lync, and yes, Windows 8. It looks like a more natural way to communicate in telepresence. I thought it was pretty cool.

"This is clearly an example of how Windows 8 was designed for touch and completely excludes the desktop and you can't get any work done on it."

/s

On another note, I want a holographic Steve Ballmer.

This is the beauty of MetroUI... not only is it clean, fast and fluid... but it fits in our real world just like signs and things you see in real wife. The whiners shall shut up.

j2006 said,
This is the beauty of MetroUI... not only is it clean, fast and fluid... but it fits in our real world just like signs and things you see in real wife. The whiners shall shut up.
Sitting at a desk doing real work is totally different than this scenario. The Modern UI does work in certain places. However, the lack of acceptance for Windows 8 has proven that the majority of consumers don't want it. Why do the pro-Windows 8 guys try so hard? Why not accept that most people don't like the Modern UI on a computer? Now something like what is mentioned in this article is truly something that can change things. Something Windows 8 failed to do.

JHBrown said,
Why do the pro-Windows 8 guys try so hard? Why not accept that most people don't like the Modern UI on a computer?

Because everyone I meet in real life that actually uses W8 has no big problems adjusting. 'Most people' is not a fact and the real question is why the anti-W8 crowd is so outspoken especially on Neowin and why the same people enter every single Windows-related thread or news article to derail it? Basically ruined this site for me.

Because everyone I meet in real life that actually uses W8 has no big problems adjusting. 'Most people' is not a fact and the real question is why the anti-W8 crowd is so outspoken especially on Neowin and why the same people enter every single Windows-related thread or news article to derail it? Basically ruined this site for me.

With everything, there will be people who like it and people who don't, and some of each group who believe that they need to tell everyone else which side of the fence they sit on. Belief that such is localized to this particular site is ... somewhat optimistic.

Funny enough, I'm old enough to remember when the Mouse and GUI were first introduced in the 1980s. The sheep were bleating the same message then. "Why would anyone want to give up their keyboard", "It's like writing with a bar of soap", "It's too slow - never catch on". Lotus (remember them?) the world's largest software company bet the farm that Windows and Mouse would never catch on. Today Lotus is nothing more than an asterisk in IBM's company reports.

rfirth said,

Start menu porn?

Or perhaps Metro apps for teledildonics? After all, why should Metro lovers not be able to join in the fun, right?

Romero said,

Or perhaps Metro apps for teledildonics? After all, why should Metro lovers not be able to join in the fun, right?

"teledildonics" ? What a great new word. Could be why Microsoft has built 3D printer support directly into Windows 8? The downside is we'll no longer be able to call Apple or Linux "toy computers". Or maybe Apple will innovate the Rectal Display?

Major_Plonquer said,

"teledildonics" ? What a great new word.
New to you perhaps, but it's been around for 4 decades now: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teledildonics

Major_Plonquer said,

Or maybe Apple will innovate the Rectal Display?
No doubt people will claim it's the greatest invention since sliced bread, and line up for hours just to have the privilege to be shafted by them!

And there we have it, folks. Not only is it relevant, but has been for many years. Certainly more than I imagined, but in retrospect I should've known that.

Dot Matrix said,
No, no, this is all wrong. That guy needs a Start Menu to be productive.

/s

If he was sitting at a desktop or laptop, he would. However, the Modern UI works perfect for this type of scenario.

JHBrown said,
If he was sitting at a desktop or laptop, he would. However, the Modern UI works perfect for this type of scenario.

What? You need a start menu to be productive? Are you serious?

JHBrown said,
If he was sitting at a desktop or laptop, he would. However, the Modern UI works perfect for this type of scenario.

I don't see what the difference is.

JHBrown said,
If he was sitting at a desktop or laptop, he would. However, the Modern UI works perfect for this type of scenario.

honestly, I personally used start menu a lot and I missed it in win8, however, with little bit of adjustment and win8.1 update I am fine and I am fully productive now. consider than 8.1 runs faster than win7 I can tell I am more productive. all programs I want is pinned to taskbar, if not, I hit start key on keyboard. type name of application (just few first letters) and hit enter. done. problem solved

Dot Matrix said,
No, no, this is all wrong. That guy needs a Start Menu to be productive.

/s

No he needs Surface Pro so it can run all the win 32 apps. Meaning it should work fine with windows 7.

JHBrown said,
If he was sitting at a desktop or laptop, he would. However, the Modern UI works perfect for this type of scenario.

What a load of bullcrap

JHBrown said,
If he was sitting at a desktop or laptop, he would. However, the Modern UI works perfect for this type of scenario.

You didn't watch the whole video, right?

These cool things pop up from time to time but are not implemented to often. I know Cisco showed off a holographic demo a few years back for video conferencing. Looked like the guy was standing on stage when in fact he was in a diff country. Never seen it get any actual usage.