So I did hear back from CNN – although they didn’t give a lot of detail, they gave me some basic info.
The "magic wall" or "smart wall" they use – is right from the original inventor, as it turns out. Remember that guy Jeff Han who went to the TED conference a couple of years ago? From that – Microsoft either licensed or copied his idea to make Microsoft Surface (and then the spinoff "Sphere", from that!).
Well the original inventor has been selling his own version via http://www.perceptivepixel.com/ (check out the video on the main page, VERY cool!!). After doing some other research – apperently the hardware and the software go for something like $100K or so. No info on an SDK or what technologies it supports. Hmm.
Also, I wonder what they use for all their other presentation graphics. A gaming engine? Or just Flex stuff that runs off of scripts on when to animate? I wonder…