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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: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
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