Interesting innovation from MS

This is a discussion on Interesting innovation from MS within the A Brief History of Cprogramming.com forums, part of the Community Boards category; Originally Posted by vart Haven't understand it fully - But the guy talked about cameras under surface... If they would ...

  1. #16
    Registered User Queatrix's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    1,342
    Quote Originally Posted by vart View Post
    Haven't understand it fully - But the guy talked about cameras under surface... If they would be infra red - could they react to the glass that is of the same temperature as the surface?
    Infrared can't travel through glass, so maybe the glass is blocking view of the temp in the room? Even if it is the same temp as the room, the large quanities of room (the long distance the light has to travel and bounce back) might have an affect. That or maybe it doesn't even recive the return signal, that way, it would see any temp of an object.

  2. #17
    Registered User whiteflags's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    United States
    Posts
    7,744
    Quote Originally Posted by Queatrix View Post
    Infrared can't travel through glass,
    Sure it can: there are infrared filters that block visible light, and if there weren't then all sorts of infrared devices wouldn't exist.

    Still, a valid point though, a human is pretty warm at 37 degrees centigrade. The rest of the imaging technology may only turn on if something is hot enough. You don't even need to keep the room reasonably cool for that to work (although that would be bad for the machine).

  3. #18
    User
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    498
    I wonder what the blue screen of death looks like on this thing

    I've seen a prototype of something similar to this before. Can't remember what it was called. But it looks like a wonderful idea, although I think its uses are probably quite limited. For example, can you imagine hunching over that thing to do email or surfing the net? As media entertainment, great. But again, I can't see this thing becoming popular until the price comes down. A lot.

  4. #19
    The Right Honourable psychopath's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Where circles begin.
    Posts
    1,070
    Quote Originally Posted by joeprogrammer
    For example, can you imagine hunching over that thing to do email or surfing the net?
    No, but it'd probably work fine if it was at a 45 degree angle or something.
    Memorial University of Newfoundland
    Computer Science

    Mac and OpenGL evangelist.

  5. #20
    User
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    498
    Quote Originally Posted by psychopath View Post
    No, but it'd probably work fine if it was at a 45 degree angle or something.
    Eck... and how would you type? With an onscreen keyboard? No thanks.

  6. #21
    Registered User Frobozz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Posts
    546
    Handwriting recognition? I think it'd be easier than using a laptop keyboard. I never could get used to those.

  7. #22
    Ethernal Noob
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Posts
    1,901
    Whatever brings me one step closer to a ghost in the shell working environment

  8. #23
    Just Lurking Dave_Sinkula's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Posts
    5,006
    Quote Originally Posted by joeprogrammer View Post
    For example, can you imagine hunching over that thing to do email or surfing the net? As media entertainment, great. But again, I can't see this thing becoming popular until the price comes down. A lot.
    One of my new gadgets has WiFi access and Web surfing. It's a handheld thingamajob, but it now docks to a TV as well to do other things. Experimenting, I found that the Web browsing was now available for me on my my living room TV. But the interface was a tiny remote without a keyboard.

    Anyone else remember that old Dilbert: "Make them reboot after every typo." Close, but unfortunately not that far.
    7. It is easier to write an incorrect program than understand a correct one.
    40. There are two ways to write error-free programs; only the third one works.*

  9. #24
    CSharpener vart's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Rishon LeZion, Israel
    Posts
    6,484
    Quote Originally Posted by joeprogrammer View Post
    Eck... and how would you type? With an onscreen keyboard? No thanks.
    As easy as it seems this thing gets up any device put on it - no problem to put a WiFi keyboard and mouse directly on the comp-surface. And work with it... It's a pity they didn't show any demonstaration of it... Hand-writing is good no more than to write "Hi, Mom!" on the postcard to be sent...
    The first 90% of a project takes 90% of the time,
    the last 10% takes the other 90% of the time.

  10. #25
    Super Moderator VirtualAce's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Posts
    9,596
    Looks gimmicky. But it probably would work nicely on military ships for interactive maps and charts. It would also work well on starships like the Enterprise, but of course, the rest of technology hasn't quite caught up to that yet.

  11. #26
    semi-colon generator ChaosEngine's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Chch, NZ
    Posts
    597
    does no-one else think this thing would rule for playing RTS's?
    "I saw a sign that said 'Drink Canada Dry', so I started"
    -- Brendan Behan

    Free Compiler: Visual C++ 2005 Express
    If you program in C++, you need Boost. You should also know how to use the Standard Library (STL). Want to make games? After reading this, I don't like WxWidgets anymore. Want to add some scripting to your App?

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Popular pages Recent additions subscribe to a feed

Similar Threads

  1. Speed test result
    By audinue in forum C Programming
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 07-07-2008, 05:18 AM
  2. Heapsort
    By xENGINEERx in forum C Programming
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-30-2008, 07:17 PM
  3. Generic heapsort
    By Sephiroth1109 in forum C Programming
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 12-07-2007, 05:14 PM
  4. Ping
    By ZakkWylde969 in forum Tech Board
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 09-23-2003, 12:28 PM
  5. The Timing is incorret
    By Drew in forum C++ Programming
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 08-28-2003, 04:57 PM

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21