Perceptive Pixel

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Perceptive Pixel, Inc.
TypeDivision of Microsoft
IndustryLarge-scale multi-touch display technology, education, broadcast, meetings and collaboration
Founded2006; 17 years ago (2006)
HeadquartersRedmond, Washington
Number of locations
2 offices (2014)
Key people
Jefferson Han (founder, general manager)
ParentMicrosoft Edit this on Wikidata

Perceptive Pixel is a division of Microsoft specializing in research, development and production of multi-touch interfaces. Its technology is used in fields including broadcast, defense, geo-intelligence, energy exploration, industrial design and medical imaging.

The division originated as an independent company with the name Perceptive Pixel, Inc., headquartered in New York City and maintaining offices in Mountain View, Portland, and Washington, D.C. Prior to the company's establishment, founder Jeff Han[1] publicly demonstrated multitouch hardware and software technology at a TED conference in February 2006.[2] Subsequently, the company shipped their first Multi-Touch Workstation and larger Multi-Touch Collaboration Wall in 2007.[3][4] The latter gained widespread recognition for transforming the way CNN covered the 2008 US Presidential elections.[5][6][7] In 2009, the Smithsonian awarded Perceptive Pixel the National Design Award in the inaugural category of Interaction Design.[8]

On July 9, 2012, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced that they would acquire Perceptive Pixel Inc. in a transaction that closed three weeks later on July 31.[9][better source needed] At that year's WPC conference, Ballmer stated the company hoped to use its newly acquired technology to enhance its Windows 8 operating system.[10]

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


  1. ^ "Can't Touch This". Fast Company. February 1, 2007.
  2. ^ "Jeff Han demos his breakthrough touchscreen". TED. August 1, 2006.
  3. ^ "Prototype - Turning Point for Touch Screens". New Times. August 23, 2008.
  4. ^ "Election a win for multitouch inventor". CNET News. November 5, 2008.
  5. ^ "The inventor behind CNN's election 'Magic Wall'". CNN. November 5, 2008. Archived from the original on September 30, 2012.
  6. ^ "CNN clarifies complex caucus cavalcade with new 'Magic Wall'". CNN. January 4, 2008. Archived from the original on February 21, 2008.
  7. ^ "John King of CNN Revels in His High-Tech Election Night Toy". New York Times. April 22, 2008.
  8. ^ "Interaction Design - National Design Awards 2009". National Design Awards.
  9. ^ "Breaking: Microsoft Buys Perceptive Pixel".
  10. ^ "Microsoft buys large-screen maker Perceptive Pixel". BBC News. 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2021-04-09.
  11. ^ Welch, Chris (2015-01-21). "Microsoft announces 84-inch Surface Hub tailored for Windows 10". The Verge. Retrieved 2021-04-09.

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