Microsoft’s Sphere project has been shown on video before. This new video posted on Ars Technica demonstrating the Sphere shows a more detailed look at the software with a brief description about how the software is integrated into the Sphere. The graphic below illustrates the necessary hardware to create the Sphere experience.
- Photo Browser: basic drag-and-drop movements as well as the two-finger resizing of photos that users come to expect from multitouch.
- Video Browser: videos can be manipulated exactly the same way as photos, both when stopped or while playing.
- Object Auto-Rotation: pushing an image with a finger not centered on the image will cause it to rotate while it slides away.
- Circular Menu: The menu for the Sphere’s software, accessible by holding down both hands on top of the Sphere for a second. In this video, the menu contains the following options: RoundTable, Videos, Photos, Painting, Pong, Globe, and Navigation.
- Send-to-Dark-Side: placing a hand facedown on an object will send it over to the opposite side of the Sphere.
- Live omni-directional camera: the Sphere can provide an outward view outside of itself, which includes its surroundings and the user.