Computing Goes 3D With Microsoft’s Spherical Computer

Microsoft’s much-talked spherical computer has finally been exhibited in its Research Faculty Summit in Redmond, Washington.

The computer is a 3D version of its erstwhile touch-screen tablet PCs - which uses infrared technology to detect the touch input - is developed by Hrvoje Benko, in collaboration with Ravin Balakrishnan and Andy Wilson.

It allows multiple users to work simultaneously, and it is built on globe projection system - Magic Planet from Global Imagination.

Both the sensing mechanism and projection system are included at the base of the computer that permits 360 degrees access to the device, and ensures high-quality interactivity by minimizing the occlusion problems.

In addition to its customs graphic projection pipeline that abates the distortion problems, the new device has several other key features including- finger painting, orb visualization, video-conferencing application, image and video browser.

According to Benko’s blog, the device is mainly designed for “highly interactive public space environments”, such as lobbies, museums, etc.