Build your own gadgets

If, like me, you’re a bit of a geek and you enjoyed playing with LEGO as a kid, .NET Gadgeteer could be the perfect Christmas gift. It’s an open-source toolkit for building small electronic devices like digital cameras or mini-robots, using the .NET Micro Framework and Visual Studio/Visual C# Express. It lets you build gadgets…

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Inventing the future: interview with HoloDesk creator

The Holodesk from Microsoft Research lets people interact with virtual objects in a uniquely real way – almost as if they were on Star Trek’s Holodeck. We talk to lead researcher Otmar Hilliges to find out how they did it. We’ve written about Microsoft Research’s HoloDesk before. It’s an amazing piece of technology that uses…

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Natural user interfaces and business

At a recent event at Microsoft Cambridge, we saw some amazing new user interfaces. Some used physical objects, some used large touch-enabled tables, others involved gesture recognition and there were even prototypes that allowed users to interact with virtual 3D objects projected into the real world. Researchers outlined the evolution of user interfaces since the…

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Inside Microsoft Research Cambridge

Microsoft recently held an event at Microsoft Research Cambridge, inviting thought leaders and innovators from business and bringing them together with our own 100-strong team of researchers. Filling the labs auditorium and seminar rooms, it was in itself, an experiment in creative cross-pollination. Founded in 1997, the lab’s mission focuses on leading-edge research that advances…

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CIO round table report

Hybrid IT delivers performance, flexibility and efficiency  A range of business and technology trends mean the IT environment in modern organisations will be diverse. Whereas standardised platforms such as ERP have dominated IT in recent years, the future is likely to be very different. To discuss the diversity and likelihood of a hybrid IT environment…

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Lessons in innovation from Microsoft Research Labs

Microsoft spends a significant proportion of its revenue on research and development. It has more than 850 researchers operating in labs around the world. Investing in R&D can be very valuable. It can create sustainable competitive advantages, especially if backed by IP protection like patents, and it can differentiate your products from your competitors’. It’s…

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