The big news for the day comes in the form of Canesta coming to terms of agreement where their products, software, chip designs and intellectual properties are being acquired by Microsoft. The acquisition spells a step forward in the evolution of user interfaces, as Canesta focuses on elevating productivity for natural user interfaces (NUI), much in the same way that Kinect allows for controller-free gaming.

Jim Spare, Canesta president and CEO of Canesta commented about the new acquisition, saying…
“This is very exciting news for the industry. There is little question that within the next decade we will see natural user interfaces become common for input across all devices. With Microsoft’s breadth of scope from enterprise to consumer products, market presence, and commitment to NUI, we are confident that our technology will see wide adoption across many applications that embody the full potential of the technology.”

The technology that Microsoft plans to employ in the near future isn’t just a portico of technological terms; Canesta is actually all about cutting edge software, firmware and hardware technology that will make natural user interfacing both easier, more streamlined and convenient enough to make it a viable commercial alternative to the standard GUIs in today’s generation of technology. In other words, the next Windows or Xbox gaming console could be entirely focused on NUI tech that makes interactivity both fluent and more user-friendly.

The real question, however, is how will this affect Kinect in the long term and will Microsoft pull an Xbox 1 with Kinect if they see an opportunity to break through with a new form of interactivity now that they have Canesta’s tech in their services?

Regardless, the acquisition definitely spells good news for technocrats and sci-fi geeks who really want to do some day-in and day-out Minority Report hand-ballet. We’ll definitely keep you posted on what comes of it. For more information on Canesta and their products, be sure to visit the Official Website.

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