E3 2012: Microsoft Unveils Smart Glass and Internet Explorer
At Microsoft´s E3 Press Conference they revealed many things. Two objects they were keen to show was the introduction of “Xbox Smart Glass” and bringing the Internet Explorer to the Xbox 360.
Microsoft introduced “Smart Glass” with a demo, which informed viewers of the capabilities of Smart Glass. Using HBO GO and “Game of Thrones” they showed how while watching an episode of “Game of Thrones” a person could keep up with what is happening on their tablet as well with a special map that follows where all the characters go on the episode. Touching key spots on those maps reveals more information about those characters or locations.
Microsoft also revealed Smart Glass will be used in games too. They showed how you could control players and draw up your own plays in Madden NFL 13 or how special maps or information could be unlocked while playing Halo 4. It is almost like having IMDB on your phone in an instant.
Microsoft also made sure to explain how Internet Explorer on Xbox 360 will be fast and easy to use. The presenter said “a lot of people do not use browsers on their game systems because it is slow, or does not always show the entire page. This won´t happen with Internet Explorer on Xbox 360.”
The presenter went to his favorites and picked a few websites to show the functionality of the web browser, and it seemed to work pretty well.
The most important news to come from these announcements is that “Smart Glass” will work on any smart phone or tablet people already own. I guess we shall see just how great “Smart Glass” and Internet Explorer work when we receive them on our Xbox 360´s, smartphones, and tablets this fall.