Recently, Microsoft announced that it settled on a deal to acquire Perceptive Pixel, a NY-based company that is known as the creator of CNN’s “magic wall.” According to Bits, the “wall” was the massive touch screen television (resembling a giant iPad) made famous on John King’s program for the 2008 presidential election race. For Microsoft, however, these screens are “the whiteboards of tomorrow.”
Microsoft invests time in research and development looking for new kinds of displays that can make business activities more interactive and immersive. The Office division, home to programs like Word and Excel, has produced a series of “future vision” videos to demonstrate how those types of displays might change the workplace. In the announcement, Perceptive Pixel President Jeff Han said the company’s screen technology would “tightly interoperate” with the Office division products.