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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
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