Work Anywhere, Play Anywhere

If you've seen the latest demos at Microsoft's Center for Information Work or during some of the company's more futuristic keynote addresses, you probably have seen a system that can turn a tabletop into a computer display and user interface. That technology may be closer than it originally appeared.

If you've seen the latest demos at Microsoft's Center for Information Work or during some of the company's more futuristic keynote addresses, you probably have seen a system that can turn a tabletop into a computer display and user interface. That technology may be closer than it originally appeared. Known as "PlayAnywhere," the Microsoft-Research-developed "surface computing" software was on display at this week's Microsoft Research Faculty Summit. As Microsoft always notes, there is no guarantee if or when a research technology will morph into a commercial one. But the fact that PlayAnywhere exists at all is interesting.