Microsoft to Acquire Perceptive Pixel and Its Large Multi-Touch Displays
The software giant is buying Perceptive Pixel, which manufactures wall-mounted and workstation-size multi-touch displays and a stylus for marking up on-screen images.Microsoft said it is acquiring Perceptive Pixel, a six-year-old company involved in the research, development and production of large-scale, multi-touch display solutions. Perceptive Pixel, also referred to as PPI, is the technology behind those large wall-sized displays that anchors on CNN use to show maps of the United States and identify which states are turning blue or red during election night coverage. The company makes 27-inch, 55-inch and 82-inch LCD multi-touch displays that can be wall-mounted or operate as a desktop workstation. The Active Stylus product is a pen-like device that a person can use to write on a screen image as though they were putting an ink pen to paper.
The acquisition of PPI allows us to draw on our complementary strengths, and were excited to accelerate this market evolution, Kurt DelBene, president of Microsofts Office Division, said in a statement. PPIs large touch displays, when combined with hardware from our OEMs, will become powerful Windows 8-based PCs and open new possibilities for productivity and collaboration.