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Microsoft's 45-inch touchscreen costs $150

August 16, 2013 | Telepresence Options

ubi touchscreen

Story and images by David Goldman / CNN

Microsoft has a vision for a world in which every surface is a Windows touchscreen. That became a whole lot closer to reality this week.

A startup called�Ubi Interactive�is now selling $150 software that can turn any wall, desk or screen into a 45-inch touchscreen. Just hook up a Microsoft Kinect sensor and a screen or projector, and the display will instantly gain touch-screen capabilities. Ubi's software can even support touchscreens of up to 100 inches, at a cost of $379.

Ubi worked with�Microsoft(MSFT,�Fortune 500)�engineers at the company's Redmond, Wash., headquarters last year as part of an exclusive�"Kinect Accelerator" program. Ubi was one of 11 startups chosen to develop apps and software that work with the Kinect.

The software-Kinect combo senses when a finger touches a surface, allowing the user to click, drag, drop, scroll, and perform all the expected functions of a touchscreen.

The selling point of Ubi's technology is that touchscreens are useful but incredibly expensive -- particularly large ones used in meeting spaces or in-store displays. But many businesses have projectors or televisions already set up in conference rooms. Those could soon become touchscreens by combining a Kinect, which costs $250, and Ubi's software.

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