Microsoft Buys Perceptive Pixel, A Developer Of Gargantuan Tablets

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Microsoft has purchased Perceptive Pixel, a developer of large multi-touch displays, Microsoft announced today.

Perceptive Pixel already makes an 82-inch multi-touch surface that runs Windows 8. It’s typically touted as a surface that’s good for businesses.

For example, whenever you see a live video report on CNN, the multi-touch displays they use are made by Perceptive Pixel.

The surface can detect dozens of points of contact — from fingers, or styluses or pens.

There’s still no word on how expensive the device will cost.

“We have to work on affordability,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said.

The surface is being touted as something that’s powered by Microsoft Office, where you can edit documents, draw on a virtual whiteboard or interact with other Microsoft Office apps.

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