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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Tablets that mean business – Windows 8 helping cut the total cost of ownership

There is no doubt that Windows 8 is the new kid on the block as far as operating systems are concerned. It’s still in its infancy and, as a result, people are just beginning to realise its vast potential. Dell are one of those companies who are currently producing a selection of great devices to…

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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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What is a data scientist?

Is data science the new rock and roll? What does a data scientist actually do? We asked our own friendly data scientist Kenji Takeda to break it down for us. There are many definitions of a ‘data scientist’. But it’s clear that it’s something to do with ‘big data’ and that they’re cool. Harvard Business Review…

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See, touch and explore the future of interaction

Microsoft Research is exploring the future of interaction, including direct 3D interactions with augmented reality. Let’s take a look at the technology that is already out there: Sensors. Today’s mobile devices have sensors that make Star Trek’s Tricorder look medieval. For example, a typical smart phone has a compass, accelerometers, gyros, GPS and cameras. Combined…

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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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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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Microsoft in leading pack for self-service BI vendors

Hello, just a quick post today to bring you some recent news from the world of business intelligence (BI). Research company Forrester published a report earlier this summer which has placed Microsoft amongst the leading pack for self-service BI vendors. This is due to the ‘breadth of our self-service BI functionality offerings’. Excellent news indeed!…

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