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Microsoft Scoops Up 3D Chip Company

I initially scratched my head over this one: It seems that Microsoft just bought Canesta, which makes computer chips that support 3D graphics. But isn't Microsoft a software company?

Sure, for the most part. But it also has the Xbox, and Canesta's 3D chips can detect motion, such as gestures, which can then control game play.

There are also rumors that this same kind of motion capture will be part of the next version of Windows -- that could be pretty wild!

Here's a trivia question: What company pioneered motion sensing and what computer did it run on? Computer historians are free to write me at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 11/03/2010 at 1:18 PM


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