When I founded Perceptive Pixel (PPI), my vision was to make advanced user interfaces (such as multi-touch, styluses, and large displays) useful, particularly for the knowledge worker. That vision led to PPI being acquired by Microsoft earlier this year as I saw firsthand how much we shared the belief that making these technologies accessible and ubiquitous would dramatically impact productivity for users of just about any industry. I’ve now been a Microsoft employee for three months and I wanted to share a brief update on what we’ve been up to.
The 2008 election season was a turning point for PPI. You could not turn on the television without seeing one of our massive wall-sized multi-touch displays make election results easier to decipher and share. Watching the nation’s best newsrooms showcase the technologies my team and I had worked so hard on was incredibly thrilling and fulfilling, and put us on the map in the biggest way possible!
This election cycle once again showcases how PPI can transform complex voting scenarios into something every viewer can quickly understand. In 2008, ABC and CNN were the most watched broadcast and cable network respectively, and both will utilize PPI displays again throughout election night later this evening. We’re proud to be a part of this integral and historic moment of American history.
In addition to “real world” election coverage, it was a lot of fun to see Alec Baldwin’s character using a PPI 82″ display in the October 25th episode of 30 Rock to break down his own unique view of the Obama-Romney race! (Hulu has the last five episodes available online).
But the excitement around these new Microsoft displays doesn’t end on election night. The new Office, due to its new touch-friendly interface and its support for stylus, takes productivity and collaboration to a whole new level when run on our devices.
You can also experience our technology at every Microsoft retail store, as they each feature our new 55″ displays, allowing customers to get real full hands-on experience with the amazing Windows 8 via the best touch device on the market.
And last but not least, it was awesome to address a standing room only crowd at last week’s Build conference. The room was filled with some of the best developers around, who are eagerly building the next generation of touch-centric applications on the Windows 8 platform.
I’m blown away by the talent here at Microsoft, and I can’t wait to share more about we’re working on over the coming months as we continue to innovate at the intersection of hardware, software, and design.
– Jeff Han, General Manager, Microsoft Office Division