posted on Oct, 30 2011 @ 03:11 PM
Just about everything in that video has been in the prototype stages or is an expansion of existing concepts onto these prototype technologies.
Quantum Dot LED technology (covered in a display technologies thread I started a while back in this forum) is an expansion of OLED technology - which
allows for paper-thin, transparent displays shown in the promo. Glasses with cameras capable of translating foreign languages and displaying it on
the lenses have been around for some time (prototypes of that have been around since early 2002 or so). You can already use your cell phone for
Augmented Reality displays (where the hotel is outlined and a caption placed above it), as well as making a number of purchases, donations, etc.
The reading pad could be accomplished with an E-ink display under a QDLED display (though they are likely exaggerating our ability to shrink batteries
and processing circuitry).
Really, though, people have to understand who Microsoft is marketing to, and for what. The productivity and travel end of things is aimed at
businesses and people who frequently travel on business. Just in my traveling with the Military - it sucks royally to get off of a plane at all-hours
of creation and find that you can't read or understand half of what is around you, and you have to be at a place you've never been to by 6 in the
morning (after finding a place to sleep that you have, also, never been to).
I'm surprised they didn't show hospitals in this... as they are, currently, one of the best examples of data integration and personal/portable data
devices and their utility.
They also are marketing to business by showing an ease of the practical applications of technology - cost/effect analysis, clean interfaces between
different departments, etc.
The home environment they have at the end is more cutsey-poo than anything. It's more of a "imagine if" sort of thing, rather than "this is what
we are aiming for."
I don't really understand why people are criticizing a "lack of emotion." But, there again, I find most of the people on these forums to be very
vexing cases of insanity