Microsoft is functioning on an interactive whiteboard which aims to interpret users' sketches to complete the diagrams they were drawing. The firm will unveil the model as part of Techfest - an annual occasion where its researchers reveal some of the projects they are working on. The project is one of several large-screen technologies under progress by Microsoft which it believes will become more common both at work and home in the future.
The digital picture is designed to help workers make sense of big data - the growing amount of information available from sensors and other sources. Microsoft suggests the facility would be preferable to near presentation software, including its own PowerPoint program, in which such graphics must be prepared in advance of a production.