Microsoft has released a new video showing what the company envisions the near future to be like with technologies like touchscreen displays and holographic interfaces.
Microsoft’s Technology Of The Future Contains Paper Thin Displays and Holographic Workstations
Microsoft has release a video that shows off some ideas for futuristic technologies. It is how the company imagines technology will be like in the next 5-10 years. Even though it is still an imaginary video, the work behind it is very real. Every piece of futuristic technology show in the video has some links to reality. The footnotes show that every bit is connected to a currently running project.
Microsoft’s video is an upgrade on a video called “Microsoft 2019” that the company had released in 2008. The new video not only takes some of the 2008 concepts further, it even uses some of the same actors in this video.
Touchscreen Everywhere In The Future
The video places a lot of importance on the presence of really thin touchscreen surfaces all around us, from smartphones to tablets. It envisions these displays to take the place of paper completely. There will be gestures to move data from on device to the next, holographic displays will turn walls in to interactive surfaces.
In Microsoft’s version of the future, when you lean back on your chair in the middle of a video chat the image on the screen enlarges proportionately. The video also says that productivity tools will extend beyond being just passive tools to becoming active assistants. The concept of active assistants wont be anything new though. It has been around in science fiction for a long time and Apple just launched its new phone with a similar intelligent service called Siri. Siri was developed by a team outside of Apple and then purchased by the company.
What seems to be harped on the most in the video is technology as it would look in the post-pc era.
Here’s the video: –