The Cambridge Microsoft research division introduced a new development designed to simplify the interaction between the real and virtual worlds, Project Zanzibar.
What can it do?
This project is a flexible mat that allows you to register touches, determine the wave of your hand in the air, as well as read objects using NFC tags and interact with devices via Bluetooth. Moreover, Project Zanzibar can transmit electrical energy to other objects.
Where will it be used?
The main scope of the rug – the game. For example, children can move their toys along the surface of the carpet simultaneously with the movement of an object on the screen or play board games with visual and audio effects. Also, Microsoft representatives report that the educational aspect of the Montessori method will be involved, which involves an element of physical activity in teaching children.
Project Zanzibar will be presented to visitors of the exhibition CHI 2018, which will be held from 21 to 27 April in Montreal, Canada.
Microsoft attaches great importance to children’s education. For example, the company sent computers to needy children to African Ghana.