Feb. 28, 2012 at 5:41 PM ET
This afternoon at the Microsoft TechForum event in Redmond, the company’s researchers showed a series of prototypes and demos in areas including advanced displays and augmented-reality applications.
One of the research projects, dubbed Holoflector, includes a large, translucent mirror with an LCD panel about three feet behind it, and a Kinect camera on top. (Msnbc.com is a joint venture of Microsoft and NBCUniversal.)
The setup makes it possible to display computer graphics in real time on and around people and objects reflected in the mirror. Demonstrating the project today, Microsoft researcher Andy Wilson showed how it could be used in conjunction with the sensors in a Windows Phone to incorporate the device’s position into the display, as well.
As with most of these projects, it’s unlikely to ship in this form, but it could influence the company’s product groups, and it’s worth watching as a general indication of where Microsoft sees technology like this going.
Here’s a Microsoft Research video that gets into more of the technology behind the project.