POINT. TALK. TOUCH. Welcome to the wonderful world of natural user interfaces

For the last four decades, using a computer meant sitting down, looking at a screen and using a keyboard and, sometimes, a mouse. Today, new technology enables much more intuitive ways of interacting with computers. If you think touch screens and Kinect-controlled video games were state of the art, think again. What’s coming next is…

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20 things you didn’t know you could do with natural user interfaces

1.    Safer heart surgery. Surgeons are using Kinect to access patient records from the operating room to avoid scrubbing in and out during complex procedures. 2.    Assess motor skills. A specialist children’s hospital in Miami has developed interactive avatars to allow patients to become more familiar with technology and to watch and assess important motor skills in…

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Africa reaps the reward of new innovative high-speed broadband

Every now and then a story comes along which warms your heart (and lets face it, it’s cold out there at the moment) – and the 4Afrika initiative by Microsoft is one of them. It’s something we simply had to share with our Enterprise audience. Besides, it’s a great example of how tech innovation can help change…

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Four cool R&D projects that are going to change your world

At a recent event at Microsoft Research Cambridge, a number of demos stood out. They address big problems and use new technology to solve them. Their relevance to business IT problems is obvious but they also have the potential to help change the world. Big data to big decisions. This unnamed prototype lets non-experts visualise…

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Mapping Endangered Species

What do the California condor, the snow leopard, and the Wollemi pine have in common? They’ve all made the least desirable position on one of the nature’s most important lists: the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Now, what do Microsoft and the Zoological Society of London have in common? They’re both Red List partners,…

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