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December 16, 2006 / Bob Black


Anyone who says Microsoft isn’t creative is a little silly. Take a look at MultiPoint, for example, a new technology that allows multiple input devices (i.e. mice) to be connected and used at once.

You may be thinking, “That would be aggravating beyond reason!” But there really are some nifty possible applications. Some that came up in this demo are educational or game based, for example a group of students could interact with a learning program at once. Multiple input devices appear on screen as different colored cursors, which can all be used at the same time!

The educational possibilities are obvious, especially after watching the Channel 9 demo (see link above). Students participating at once would become more competitive, be involved more, and learn faster.

And what about games? Wouldn’t it be cool if you could play Age of Empires on a widescreen monitor in split-screen mode with a friend, instead of wiring up a second computer? OK, maybe that’s stretching it – but I could definitely see some cool games being developed with this technology.

Very cool stuff. You go Microsoft with your creative selves.


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