Microsoft wants you to browse the web ... on your walls

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2014 - 12:34 PM |
Tagged: microsoft, surroundweb

Microsoft is working on a new way to display the web to you, projecting it onto your walls. They make use of Kinect to map your walls so that they can pick where to beam your content.  According to what Microsoft told The Inquirer, they can manage to project sites at 30 frames per second with up to 25 screens and up to a 1440x720 resolution.  They make a nod to security concerns, it seems that the information about what your room contains will not be sent back to the website you are viewing.

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"Called Surroundweb, the software is peddled by Microsoft as an "immersive room experience". However, as far as we can see, it's simply a means of projecting different parts of a web page on different surfaces around a room."

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Source: The Inquirer
March 4, 2014 | 04:28 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

T[ADs]hey bee[ADs]n experimenting with this stuff for year[ADs]s, and it's always looked pre[ADs]tty cool. I do worry about the info[ADs]rmation overl[ADs]oad/distraction aspect of it[ADs]. Just the internet, in your face, all [ADs] the time. Also ads...

March 4, 2014 | 04:29 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

T[ADs]hey bee[ADs]n experimenting with this stuff for year[ADs]s, and it's always looked pre[ADs]tty cool. I do worry about the info[ADs]rmation overl[ADs]oad/distraction aspect of it[ADs]. Just the internet, in your face, all [ADs] the time. Also ads...

March 4, 2014 | 04:30 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

T(ADs)hey bee(ADs)n experimenting with this stuff for year(ADs)s, and it's always looked pre(ADs)tty cool. I do worry about the info(ADs)rmation overl(ADs)oad/distraction aspect of it(ADs). Just the internet. In your face. All (ADs) the time. Also ads...

March 4, 2014 | 04:32 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

TADshey beeADsn experimenting with this stuff for yearADss, and it's always looked preADstty cool. I do worry about the infoADsrmation overl(ADs)oad/distraction aspect of itADs. Just the internet. In your face. All ADs the time. Also ads...

March 4, 2014 | 06:17 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

They make a nod to security concerns, it seems that the information about what your room contains will not be sent back to the website you are viewing.

Yeah right! Perfect viewing of you and all your personal stuff.

March 5, 2014 | 06:22 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

M$ sees every bare wall as ad space, with which to dis- kinect the user from the last bit of ad free existence, what's next underwear ads projected into your dreams!

March 5, 2014 | 06:32 AM - Posted by MarkT (not verified)

Anything to do with projection on a wall is going to fail, doa.

March 5, 2014 | 06:39 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Every bare wall is just more ad space for M$, as the dis-kinect from an ad free existence becomes harder, what's next underwear ads in you dreams!

Posted twice, because this posting system is so broken!

March 5, 2014 | 05:34 PM - Posted by razor512

A friend of mine did something similar to this for a while

he purchased one of those cheap $100 800x600 projectors, and used it to project his skype window.

It would be cool if they would create a $30-50 accessory which uses a monocrome laser projector in order to display random sets of info just like the LCD's on the logitech gaming keyboards, or better yet, if your PC is wall mounted, then have a projector, protect around the screen for many of the hud elements, that way more screen space can be devoted to the game, and lower risk of screen burn in.

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