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Microsoft has applied for a new patent “INTERACTIVE INTEGRATED DISPLAY AND PROCESSING DEVICE” which integrates PC and Projector with sensors which can be placed on a large table and converting the table into a large screen device.

Microsoft confirms applying for a new patent as below:

Often, users of computing devices need to share information with other users and collaborate on common information. Various information sharing services allow users of their computing devices to exchange information. Many services provide some form of visualization for this information exchange.

The technology, roughly described, includes an integrated processing and projection device which can rest on a supporting surface provides interactivity between users. The interactivity is provided in a projected display area projected by the device on the supporting surface. The integrated processing and projection device includes a processor and a projector designed to provide a display on the supporting surface of the device. Various sensors enable object and gesture detection in the display area. An interactive service, provided using the device or a network connected host, enables users of companion processing devices to interact in the display area of the integrated processing and projection device using the companion devices, via an interface in the display provide by the projector. Users without companion devices can interact with users of companion devices using an interface provided in the display area.

An integrated processing system includes a display projector provided in a housing adapted to be supported by a surface. The display projector is adapted to display an interface in a display area on the supporting surface. The system includes an RGB camera and an infrared emitter and detector, wherein the RGB camera and the infrared detector each have a field of view encompassing a detection area including at least the display area. The system includes a communication interface receiving input and providing output to associated devices. The system includes a processor and memory having code operable to instruct the processor to receive input from one or more associated devices via the communication interface, the input comprising at least data to be shared in the display area, and provide an output in the display area of the data to be shared based on input instructions from the one or more associated devices.

Technology is presented wherein an integrated processing and projection device adapted to rest on a supporting surface provides interactive applications alone or in conjunction with associated processing devices in a projected display area on the supporting surface. In one aspect, interaction between multiple users is enabled by an integrated processing and projection device, or a hosted service designed to enable interaction in conjunction with an integrated processing and projection device. The integrated processing and projection device includes a processor and a projector designed to provide a display on the supporting surface of the device. Various sensors enable object and gesture detection in the display area. An interactive service, provided using the device or a network connected host, enables users of companion processing devices to interact in the display area of the integrated processing and projection device using the companion devices, via an interface in the display provide by the projector. Users without companion devices can interact with users of companion devices using an interface provided in the display area.

Another aspect of the technology is an apparatus, comprising: a housing adapted to be supported on a surface; a processor in the housing; a projector in the housing, the projector configured to render a display area on the surface; a first type of image sensor and a second type of image sensor in the housing, each image sensor having a field of view of at least the display area; and a memory in the housing, the memory including code instructing the processor to provide an interaction service to receive input from at least a first user and a second user, each user having at least an associated data store, the code operable to instruct the processor to receive input to manipulate objects in the data store via the display area on the surface.

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