How could emerging technologies transform the way we get things done 5-10 years in the future? Our latest video detailing the Microsoft Productivity Future Vision focuses on technology bringing together all aspects of life through the stories of Kat, a young independent marine biologist, and Lola, a corporate executive, as they work together in a highly interconnected and information rich future.
Towards the start of the video, we see Kat sharing her live dive experience with a classroom. The children can see what she sees, use real-time translation to communicate across languages, and annotate her view. In the café, Kat and her team work together contributing different kinds of content to a shared digital canvas. They can see what each other are doing, and easily discuss and share ideas. The idea of having industry specialists and other guests speakers inspire and educate students via a digital presence in their lessons is already in practice via programmes such as Skype in the Classroom, although as you’ll see from the Productivity Future Vision video, there are unbounded possibilities for how technology can facilitate expanded learning in this instance:
We hope that by watching the video above, you now have a greater understanding of our future vision and share our excitement about how productivity can be pushed forward in not just education, but in all areas of life. For a more detailed explanation of what we see in the video, the storyline is broken down into the following areas:
Collaborate in better ways, both in-person and remotely
The digital blackboard in the lab creates a smart multi-user space that allows team members to work on challenges together. Lola appears on the blackboard and is able to interact with the team and manipulate the same content as if she was in the room with them. Kat shares her live dive experience with a classroom. The children can see what she sees, use real-time translation to communicate across languages, and annotate her view. In the café, Kat and her team work together contributing different kinds of content to a shared digital canvas. They can see what each other are doing, and easily discuss and share ideas.
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Make the most of every moment with assistive intelligence
In the office, Lola discovers potential candidates by invoking data that is visualized for her in real-time. It is easy for her to drill-in, extend criteria, and change views to support her train of thought. Kat receives an invitation from Lola on her bracelet. Her personal agent proactively suggests options for her. She can now use simple gestures to accept the invitation, re-arrange her calendar, and book a space to prepare. In the café, contextual feeds for her life and work keep Kat current and focused, bringing the right things to her attention at the right time.
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Explore information, assemble ideas and tell stories naturally
Underwater, and later in the lab, 3D holograms augment Kat's view of her tools and environment. She can see, move around and interact naturally with information and virtual objects placed in her world. Throughout, Kat, Lola, and team interact with content and services on their terms, using fluid combinations of touch, ink, gesture, voice, and gaze to get their work done. In the café, it's easy for Kat to assemble data, organize her thoughts and author across formats on her canvas. Her work is then automatically composed into a beautiful modern document, full of live data and interactive content.
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Move your experiences fluidly and securely, and extend them into your environment
In the co-working space, Kat securely transfers her cloud based project work to a touchdown desk. The desk takes on her settings and provides a rich, multimodal work surface for her to prepare for her meeting. In the office, Lola spontaneously extends her phone call from her earpiece to a wall. She seamlessly moves into a richer mode of interaction as her digital assistant visually augments the conversation with relevant information. In the lab, the blackboard recognizes Kat's team entering the space. They quickly 'rehydrate' the room with their project and resume where they left off.
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