Perceptive Pixel

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Perceptive Pixel, Inc.
Division of Microsoft
Industry large scale multi-touch display technology, education, broadcast, meetings and collaboration
Founded 2006 (2006)
Headquarters Redmond, Washington
Number of locations
2 offices (2014)
Key people
Jefferson Han (founder, general manager)
Parent Microsoft

Perceptive Pixel is a division of Microsoft specializing in research, development and production of multi-touch interfaces. Perceptive Pixel, Inc. was founded in 2006 by Jeff Han,[1] who publicly demonstrated multi-touch hardware and software technology at the TED [2] conference earlier that year. Perceptive Pixel was headquartered in New York City and maintained offices in Mountain View, Portland, and Washington D.C. The company was acquired by Microsoft in July 2012.

The company shipped their first Multi-Touch Workstation and larger Multi-Touch Collaboration Wall[3][4] in 2007 and gained widespread recognition for transforming the way CNN [5][6][7] covered the 2008 US Presidential elections. In 2009, the Smithsonian awarded Perceptive Pixel the National Design Award in the inaugural category of Interaction Design.[8]

Perceptive Pixel's technology is used in broadcast, defense, geo-intelligence, energy exploration, industrial design and medical imaging.

On July 9, 2012, during Microsoft's WPC 2012 Conference, Steve Ballmer announced that they had acquired the company.[9]

On July 31, 2012, Microsoft completed their acquisition of Perceptive Pixel. Steve Ballmer stated the company hoped to use the technology to enhance its Windows 8 operating system.[10]

On January 21, 2015, Microsoft announced Surface Hub, a next generation device developed by members of the Perceptive Pixel team. [11]


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