Microsoft Research Creates SurroundWeb, A Revolutionary 3D Browser Concept

When it comes to innovative research few can fault what the teams at Redmond cook up. The implementation of some of these technologies often leave a bit to be desired, but that’s that.

But Microsoft Research often pulls off magic, no two words about it.

It has just presented what is essentially a 3D browser concept — it projects a choice of websites and data right on the walls of your room. The company has dubbed it SurroundWeb, and you can get an idea of how it works from the photo above.

Microsoft also explains this in details, saying:

“SurroundWeb enables least privilege for these immersive web pages by introducing two new abstractions: first, a Room Skeleton that enables least privilege for room rendering, unlike previous approaches that focus on inputs alone.

Second, a Detection Sandbox that allows web pages to register content to show if an object is detected, but prevents the web server from knowing if the object is present.”

You can read up the complete details in this PDF file, but it is very clear that this technology has uses beyond just a simple display of webpages and screen data.

Set up, it is said, is easy breezy. The browser automatically scans the room for areas that it computes are suitable for displaying websites, and it is currently capable of projecting content at least 30 frames per second. Users can interact with it via gestures and voice.

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  • JohnCz

    What to call this .. I don’t know, “Windows”?