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Meet Surface Hub: Microsoft's fresh take on videoconferencing

January 22, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Nick Statt / CNET

Two years after acquiring touchscreen maker Perceptive Pixel, Microsoft has an 84-inch display it hopes will transform workplace productivity and teleconferencing.

LAS VEGAS -- Nestled between two false walls in a lavish suite at the Venetian hotel and casino is what I think is an enormous television. Here, during the chaos of the annual Consumer Electronics Show in early January, too-large TVs are par for the course.

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What gives this particular display away is the word Microsoft emblazoned below the bottom bezel. When Jeff Han, a multitouch researcher who's now a general manager at Microsoft, approaches the device he taps the screen to bring it to life.

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The device is called the Surface Hub and it's essentially a gigantic tablet running Windows 10. In fact, it's an 84-inch "ultrahigh-definition" touchscreen display. But it's more than that: packed on top, bottom and to the side of the screen, as well as inside the device itself, are several of Microsoft's Kinect motion sensors.

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