In addition, devices can interconnect and repurpose themselves according to the user's identity. Here, personalised information from the hotel spreads across a tablet and table, and appears on the displays once the person's phone alarm clock goes off.
Many of Microsoft's ideas show data flowing across multiple surfaces — technology that follows on from its work on its Surface computer. So far, the company has constructed LightSpace, which turns a 10-foot-by-8-foot room into a single interlinked computer. The ideas at play in this video are much more ambitious, with everything co-ordinated by what seems to be a cloud-syncing operating system.
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