Microsoft just announced their acquisition of Perceptive Pixel.
Perceptive Pixel is a company that has been recognized as a leader in interaction design and the production of high-performance multi-touch platforms.
The company is perhaps best known for the 82-inch multitouch display that Microsoft demoed at MWC.
The company was founded in 2006 and shipped their first multi-touch workstations and large wall solutions in 2007. They gained widespread recognition for transforming the way CNN covered the historic 2008 U.S. Presidential election.
Perceptive Pixel is a privately held company with headquarters in New York City and offices in these metropolitan areas: Portland, OR; Mountain View, CA; Atlanta, GA; Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL and Washington, D.C. Through our partners, we also have a presence in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
It’s an interesting acquisition for Microsoft since they are looking to dominate the multi-touch space. Obviously this acquisition opens up a ton of hardware opportunities for the software giant.
They are now free to build different touch devices with different form factors. In addition, now they can take key pieces of technolgy and patents from this company and use them to protect and improve their Surface Tablets.