Never mind the desktop, or the living room. Microsoft is now eying the next frontier: The floor.
The software giant, Engadget reported over the weekend, is eying something new: a “projector-based infotainment system that you manipulate with your feet.” The effort known as Project Ripple, was demonstrated at the recent Augmented World Expo. It uses a version of the Kinect technology, as well as a pair of projectors. It’s an open-source platform, now open to developers.
Here’s a trailer:
It’s sort of equal parts a giant, foot-controlled tablet, the FAO Schwartz piano from “Big,” and the Microsoft Surface- no, not the tablet, but rather the previous product with that name, the touch-screen table thing that’s now known as “PixelSense.” Except now, it’s on the floor. Consider it a smarter version of what ever the technology is behind Dance Dance Revolution.