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Microsoft ­nveils Self-Sketching Whiteboard Prototype

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A researcher using a digital whiteboard.

Microsoft says that its digital canvas still needs many years of work before it will be ready for market.

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Microsoft researchers are developing a whiteboard that can interpret users' sketches to complete the diagrams they are drawing. The digital canvas is designed to help users understand big data.

The project is one of several large-screen technologies Microsoft is developing, which it believes will become more common both at work and home in the future. "As computers grow more capable of handling massive amounts of data, they also need to become more intuitive to use," says Microsoft researcher Kevin Kutz. "We're all about bringing that to life with new ways to engage with technology that emphasize voice, touch, and gesture."

Although much recent research has been dedicated to the development of small high-definition displays, some industry analysts believe there is a demand for larger technologies to help interpret all of the data generated by today's electronic devices. "Interactive graphics can help reveal things you couldn't have seen normally otherwise--helping people with that task is going to be monumentally important in the future," says Gartner analyst Brian Blau.

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