Microsoft Research: SurroundWeb

By | March 2, 2014

Do you remember Microsoft’s IllumiRoom project (see video above)? Then you’ll be happy to know that this very same concept has been applied to the web browsing.

Basically, it’s a 3D Browser that displays data across multiple surfaces in your room (adapting to them too) and allowing you to interact using natural user input.

If you are still slightly unsure on how exactly will this work, take a look at a couple of screenshots:

Microsoft Research: SurroundWeb

The whole concept is still bit wishy washy but if you are curious to learn more, check the following paper (PDF) from the Microsoft’s Research page.

We introduce SurroundWeb, the first least-privilege platform for immersive room experiences. Sur- roundWeb is a “3D Browser” that gives web pages the ability to display across multiple surfaces in a room, adapt their appearance to objects present in that room, and interact using natural user input. SurroundWeb enables least privilege for these im- mersive web pages by introducing two new abstrac- tions: first, a Room Skeleton that enables least priv- ilege 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. SurroundWeb provides three privacy properties: de- tection privacy, rendering privacy, and interaction privacy while simultaneously enabling Web pages to use object recognition and room display capabili- ties. Surveys show the information revealed by Sur- roundWeb is acceptable. SurroundWeb is practical: After a one-time setup procedure that scans a room for projectable surfaces in about a minute, our proto- type can render immersive multi-display web rooms at greater than 30 frames per second with up to 25 screens and up to a 1440×720 display. We demon- strate a range of previously proposed and novel expe- riences can be implemented in a least-privilege way using SurroundWeb.

What do you guys think?

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Vygantas is a former web designer whose projects are used by companies such as AMD, NVIDIA and departed Westood Studios. Being passionate about software, Vygantas began his journalism career back in 2007 when he founded Having said that, he is also an adrenaline junkie who enjoys good books, fitness activities and Forex trading.

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