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Think Microsoft doesn’t innovate – check out Kinect’s future

I have lost count of the number of time some tech pundit out there opens their mouth and shows their stupidity when they say that Microsoft doesn’t innovate. This past year we have seen that statement to be proven wrong with the launch of Windows Phone 7 and Kinect.

The one place where you can be assured of seeing the future being created today at Microsoft is through their Microsoft Research Labs. From software to hardware and a combination of the both Microsoft is innovating in ways that are pretty incredible.

One of those ways is called LightSpace and the closest modern analogy to it is probably the Kinect, but on steroids. Here’s an explanation from the LightSpace page:

LightSpace combines elements of surface computing and augmented reality research to create a highly interactive space where any surface, and even the space between surfaces, is fully interactive. Our concept transforms the ideas of surface computing into the new realm of spatial computing.

Instrumented with multiple depth cameras and projectors, LightSpace is a small room installation designed to explore a variety of interactions and computational strategies related to interactive displays and the space that they inhabit.

Here is a video of it in action.

I tried to cut and paste the embed code for the video from the LightSpace page but for some reason it wouldn’t work so I grabbed the video that was on YouTube instead.

hat tip to @stevecla

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