Microsoft shows off split-screen tech and 3D wizardry in new research video

Split-screen gaming is a less-than-ideal way to facilitate offline frag-fests, but recent innovations from the depths of Microsoft's research division could lead to glasses-free tech capable of rendering a unique, full-screen experience for separate players on the same screen.

Referred to as Steerable Multiview Displays, the prototype technology works by using optic wedges to guide a different image to two players using the same screen. Sound familiar? That's because Sony recently demo'd its own solution to split-screen play using 3D glasses to filter through multiple images on the same monitor. Unlike Sony, however, Microsoft''s eggheads claim the same effect can be accomplished sans specs. Interested? We'll let the company's director of applied sciences, Steven Bathiche, explain the sciency bits:

The video showcases other early-stage inventions such as complex air-gesture displays and manipulatable 3D Magic Windows; all of which use the Kinect's head tracking prowess to create some rather interesting (and potentially game changing) innovations. Now, if they could just do something about those damn loading screens...

[Source: Microsoft Research via Joystiq]

Feb 28, 2011

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  • codzprc - March 1, 2011 9:49 p.m.

    What I found to be the sweetest part of the vid was the teapot demo, not the mechanics of it - but the refection on the teapot - you can see Bathiche's real-time refection being rendered! Oh, and the two players seeing different things is awesome too, but I read about that (probably on GR) last week. I hope it means more 'split-screen' games in the future!
  • kazimierz3000 - March 1, 2011 6:27 p.m.

    The 3d tech in this is pretty darn cool, I've seen some tech demos in the past with the 3d framing/window via head tracking. I'm glad to see people exploring and improving this.
  • otharu - March 1, 2011 4:47 p.m.

    Anyone noticed the white kinect? besides if u put caps on u will laugh so hard ur cat will explode
  • Balaska - March 1, 2011 8:33 a.m.

    Microssoft need to make this tech cheap, sell it to every TV manufacturer and then take over the world, srsly this is great, glasses free 3D for everyone and an end to hateful touch screens.
  • Oeufs - March 1, 2011 3:53 a.m.

    It's funny how the Microsoft tech lab hasn't even activated their own Windows! (6:28)
  • IcelandMaelstrom - March 1, 2011 2:03 a.m.

    @Yaro agreed. i was watching the video all "that is a damn attractive man with a powerful lisp." also, he had QUITE THE LISP
  • TyrannosaurusTexMex - March 1, 2011 12:45 a.m.

    OH SHIT! Microsoft just dropped a bomb full of win.
  • SirCheesedip - March 1, 2011 12:32 a.m.

    I really like what Microsoft is doing with Kinect, like all these recent videos are making me think the future we all see on tv and stuff is closer than we think.
  • SVC5 - March 1, 2011 12:29 a.m.

    I like how they made a video showing the tech compared to sony just saying that they had it.
  • Yaro - March 1, 2011 12:11 a.m.

    Well now I finally understand what they meant by two images in one screen. Looks pretty neat! Also the guy is pretty hot.

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