Microsoft Surface Sphere w/Send To Dark Side Gesture

I introduced readers to the multi-touch-sensitive spherical display, the Microsoft Surface Sphere, almost five months ago; a video has just popped up.

(Microsoft Surface Sphere video)

The device is based on an existing display from Global Imagination; Microsoft added the multi-touch display capability. Why didn't they show a group of users surrounding it and using its unique interface? However, it does show some cool features, like projecting the output from a ring camera and other forms of multi-directional view, as well as a prototype pong-style game.

Apparently, the behemoth from Redmond does have a unique touch gesture that you will not find on an Apple display; the send to dark side gesture. You do this by placing your palm on an item; hold your palm down until the item disappears and reappears on the other side of the sphere.

Anyway, I was hoping for something more like this:

(Spherical display device from the Wizard of Oz)

Not that the Wicked Witch wouldn't appreciate a "send to dark side" capability built into a crystal ball...

Thanks to Microsoft unveils fancy new Surface Sphere for pointing out the video; see also Global Imagination magic planet.

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