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May 19, 2009

Microsoft unveils new wireless device

Redmond goes for its own Wii remote

By CBR Staff Writer

Magic Wand, a new input device which is under development by Microsoft, is expected to allow a user to interact with a computer wirelessly both in a 2D mode as well as a holographic environment.

The Magic Wand is also able to connect directly to other Wand devices and recognises the known operators through its inbuilt biometric sensors.

According to the US patent filings, The architecture can utilise one or more sensor from a collection of sensors to determine an orientation or gesture in connection with the wand, and can further issue an instruction to update a state of an environmental component based upon the orientation.

“Wand can also be connected to a set of sensors such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, cameras, range-finders and so on.”

Similar to that of Nintendo’s Wii controller, Magic Wand can also be used for gaming purpose.

Microsoft has recently been experimenting with touch screen technologies for use in service console and kiosk tools also.

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