The head of Microsoft's Surface Hub, along with a cadre of Microsoft researchers working on Holoportation and other computer vision and learning projects, have left the company to form a new stealth startup called perceptiveIO.
PerceptiveIO's web site doesn't shed a whole lot on what the company is planning to make beyond "beautifully designed and engineered systems at the intersection of novel hardware and software."
The perceptiveIO systems will be designed to "perceive and interact with the world in real time," the company's web site says. They'll also attempt to change how people interact with computers via some kind of mix of computer vision, applied machine learning, "novel displays," sensing, and human-computer interaction.
The Walking Cat (@h0x0d) on Twitter has been rounding up the names of various Microsoft employees who've recently left the company to join perceptiveIO. Among them are several Microsoft researchers, including some who've been working on Microsoft's Holoportation project.
Christopher Rhemann, now Senior Scientist at perceptiveIO, is one of those who had worked on not only Holoportation and HoloLens, but also Xbox, Surface and other interactive 3D technologies under development at Microsoft.
Sameh Khamis, also a Senior Scientist at perceptiveIO, like Rhemann, was part of Microsoft Research's Interactive 3D Technologies group. He also formerly worked on Holoportation, which he notes on his personal web site is "a new type of 3D capture technology that allows high-quality 3D models of people to be reconstructed, compressed and transmitted anywhere in the world in real time."
Ardash Kowdle, another newly minted Senior Scientist at perceptiveIO, was formerly a Microsoft researcher working in the Applied Vision and Imaging team. He worked on Surface Hub, as well as Holoportation, according to his LinkedIn profile. Other former Holoportation team members now at perceptiveIO include Mingsong Dou and Sean Ryan Fenello.
Update: Shahram Izadi, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at perceptiveIO, also is a former Softie. Until May 2016, he was a Partner Researcher and Research Manager in Microsoft Researcher's i3d group and worked with teams on Holoportation, HoloLens, KinectFusion and more.