Following the announcement of the Bing Fund, which we exclusively covered here, we were told that Bing Fund will not be just about software and services. Today, Microsoft confirmed our thoughts as Steve Ballmer made the announcement that Microsoft is acquiring Perceptive Pixel (PPI). The acquisition is separate of Bing Fund, as Microsoft will integrate the company in its core businesses and services.
There is no need to introduce Perceptive Pixel, a company which was founded by Jeff Han in 2006 and received many accolades for its innovations. Jeff’s talk at TED was so inspiring that he had no issues in acquiring venture funding for its projects, even coming directly from companies such as NVIDIA and 3M.
According to the press release, Microsoft will utilize Perceptive Pixel technology to merge it with their upcoming collaboration projects which involve both hardware and software solutions. Jeff Han, founder and CEO of Perceptive Pixel said – "We are incredibly excited to be working together on our mutual passion to build technologies that enable people to collaborate and communicate. By joining Microsoft, we will be able to take advantage of the tremendous momentum of the Microsoft Office Division, tightly interoperate with its products, and deliver this technology to a very broad set of customers."
We don’t know for you, but this brings a lot of IP into Microsoft, and when you combine that with Microsoft’s previous research projects, it is obvious that the company sees the future much beyond keyboards and touch-screens. Digital Walls seem to be the main mission in the company now, and interfaces of tomorrow.