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Microsoft unveils ‘SurroundWeb’—whole room web display concept

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Posted March 7, 2014
Microsoft unveils SurroundWeb - whole room web display concept
A web page uses the Room Skeleton to render karaoke across a TV and projectors. Credit: Microsoft Research
Microsoft has published a concept paper on its research web site in which it describes a concept it calls SurroundWeb—a means for displaying web content on multiple flat surfaces and satellite screens in a physical room.

The concept relies on Kinect technology to scan a room to “recognize” flat surfaces and other objects. Once that’s accomplished it would use software to parse out different parts of web content which it would divvy out to different surfaces (or satellite devices such as phones or tablets) in the room, effectively adding more screens. The idea is that different parts of web content would fit just right onto different patches of walls and other flat surfaces.

At first blush, the concept appears rather simple—a closer look, however, reveals that what Microsoft is actually proposing is a way to create immersive applications for the home that don’t violate the privacy of their users. As its name implies, SurroundWeb is Internet based, thus, if such a system were to scan a room and allow information about what is found to make its way to the web, all manner of privacy violations could occur. In its concept paper Microsoft outlines how SurroundWeb could be implemented without violating privacy. The design of the system would mimic operating system design—different parts would be allowed access to different information—each level having access only to what it needs to function.

Read more at: Phys.org

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