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Microsoft issues RFP for Surface Hub

Microsoft issues RFP for Surface Hub

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This past January, Microsoft revealed to the world Microsoft Surface Hub, a state-of-the-art, large-format, pen and touch computing device—think of it as a digital whiteboard on steroids—that empowers our enterprise customers to collaborate, brainstorm, and get insight into their data.

This product brings together the very best of Microsoft capabilities, combining first-rate hardware in display, touch, and sensing, with a custom edition of Windows 10 specifically designed for communal scenarios, with integrated key productivity applications and services.

How would you harness the potential of Microsoft Surface Hub?

With Surface Hub, we are launching a completely new category of computing using the large screen for group productivity. This is a relatively young field with lots of greenfield opportunity, which is why we invite the academic research community to join us in advancing it. 

Surface Hub has its roots in Perceptive Pixel, a company dedicated to multi-touch interfaces that formed out of my academic research at New York University Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. Here at Microsoft, participation in and support of the research community has always been a core part of our culture even as we’ve advanced on our commercial mission. This RFP exemplifies the academic-industry collaboration that is a hallmark of Microsoft Research.

On behalf of Microsoft Research and Microsoft Devices Group, I am thrilled to announce an RFP that will award a Surface Hub and up to US$25,000 to selected research proposals from qualified academic institutions.

We look forward to receiving submissions in a range of domains, including core HCI techniques (such as inking and sketch-based interfaces, pen and touch, large-screen interaction, proxemics, and multi-modal interfaces), collaboration, information visualization, and technology in education/training.

But what’s really great about Surface Hub is just how broadly its impact can reach. We are interested in proposals from any field, especially those that demonstrate alignment to Microsoft’s mission of productivity, and we expect rigorous work leading to novel contributions.

To learn more about the RFP, please visit Surface Hub for Research. The deadline for proposal submissions is June 12.

Jeff Han, General Manager for Microsoft Surface Hub

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  • We don't meet the research or degree-granting status, but we are a non-profit public charter school and I am having a grand time thinking of all of the collaboration we could do on the board of directors with technology like this.  Since our board of directors and executive director have autonomy to run the school, we are completely self-sufficient, but volunteers... we do a lot of discussion and organization.  We could then swing this right into the classroom to advance our STEM programs...  tech like this will almost always be out of our reach since we struggle for funding...  we only get about 50% of what other students receive in our district and rent/salaries are always going up.

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