Microsoft Research shows Illumishare, takes video chat to the next level

Microsoft is always busy in the labs working on products and features for the next generation. One such idea that is currently being fostered in the labs is a product called Illumishare.

Microsoft has posted up a video about a new way of interacting with an individual who you are video chatting with. The idea is simple, on any surface you can interact with documents, objects, or anything else in real time. The product is a bit hard to explain, but when you watch the video below, it all becomes quite clear about how this technology could be used.

If you start to think of practical applications such as business meetings or distance learning (as shown in the video) this simple idea becomes quite compelling. The interactive nature of the platform is intuitive as any product can be used as shown by the cards, toys, and even pen and paper.

Little innovations such as this will go a long way to make video chatting feel more natural and more useful. How soon will we see this tech in a consumer environment? That we do not know. But considering they already have a working prototype, we hope it is not far off. 

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