Inside Microsoft Research Cambridge: Innovation lessons for Business

Guest blog post, by Matthew Stibbe  Everyone talks about innovation and admires innovative companies but what does it actually look like? We visited Microsoft Research Cambridge – a modern building in the heart of the ancient university city – to find out what businesses can learn from the way we innovate here at Microsoft. The lab…

0

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…

0

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…

0

ResearchNow Event – Design-led Innovation

“People never wanted the kettle, they wanted hot water,” says Mat Hunter, Chief Design Officer at the Design Council. Disruptive design is not about incremental improvements. It’s about that moment of realisation, the lightning bolt that hits when you observe your customers and discover you are trying to solve the wrong problem. Talk to people,…

2

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…

0

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…

0

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…

0

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…

0

ResearchNext – First impressions

I’m just on the train back to London after the ResearchNext event at Microsoft Research in Cambridge and I wanted to share some initial thoughts. The event brought together around 75 technology leaders from some of our largest clients. We wanted to reveal Microsoft’s world-leading research and open a discussion about how it can help…

0

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,…

1