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How do you make the worlds best webcam?
You get a bunch of smart people together and tell them to go do what they do. This short video shows you some of the folks behind the Microsoft LifeCam Studio . Is it the world’s best webcam? Well that’s for you to decide but I think it’s an outstanding product – beautifully engineered and it delivers...
19 Nov 2010
Dell Inspiron duo–teaser video
confession: I’m more intrigued than I expected to be… Tweet
4 Nov 2010
Flexible phones from Nokia
Maybe in the future..a Nokia collaboration with Cambridge University. Could make for some interesting technology built in to clothing perhaps.
4 Oct 2010
I quite like this idea – a companion device to your phone that lets you control your tunes, read Twitter and Facebook notifications etc. It’s all Android based no not coming to my world anytime soon (I’m a dedicated Win Phone 7 man now) but cool all the same. It’s 1.3 inches and connects via Bluetooth...
30 Sep 2010
Are thumbdrives going floppy?
Much as I like the design of the Verbatim Store ‘n’ Go Clip-it USB Drive , I’m not going to buy one. In the past I would have snapped one of these up. I almost did a post last month when I saw the device had won the Red Dot ‘Best of the Best’ 2010 award saying we should all rush out and buy one. But...
29 Sep 2010
Supermodel thin Dell Vostro
A pal asked me for a laptop recommendation this evening and I have to confess I haven’t been keeping up since with the hardware land since I arrived here in the US. No bother though, a quick check over on the Windows Team blog brought me right up to speed with Ben’s post on back to school (and work)...
24 Sep 2010
Of mice and…mice
After a few weeks of using the Arc Touch Mouse I decided it was high time I posted a review. Stephen Williams’ NY Times post that included a review of the Arc Touch alongside the Air Mouse Elite reminded me. I’m a big fan of the Arc Mouse so was keen to see what was different with the Arc Touch. Quite...
24 Sep 2010
Unlock your hotel room with smartphone
InterContinental is about to start allowing guests to unlock their hotel rooms with smartphones. “More and more of our guests — especially Gen Y and business travelers — are looking for simpler, more efficient ways to check-in and get to their rooms,” said Bryson Koehler, senior vice president of revenue...
24 Sep 2010
Lenovo Power Hub
Some smart thinking by the boffins at Lenovo brings us the Lenovo Power Hub . A power adapter that includes a 4 port USB charging unit. $74.99 is a bit hefty and the unit itself looks a bit hefty…but smart thinking.
21 Sep 2010
Fingers that measure
I’m not so sure about this concept called Smart Fingers. Wouldn’t it be just as fast to use a tape measure? Okay, I can see some uses and the fact that the data is transferred to your PC automatically is groovy but what happens if you’re measuring 15 different things? How does your PC differentiate between...
17 Sep 2010
The credit card of the future
Sometimes the most obvious things become the most elegant things. Card 2.0 was shown at DEMO by Dynamics Inc. and it could be the solution to the burgeoning number of cards in your wallet/purse. It allows you to have multiple cards on one card and to mitigate against the increased risk of losing those...
17 Sep 2010
A closer look at my 1080p webcam
The latest device to show up in my device center is the LifeCam Studio which was announced earlier this week. I love the industrial design of this camera…it looks (and is) a high end piece of kit that fits in with my other tech. The image from the camera is nothing short of stunning as you can see from...
15 Sep 2010
Dell Inspiron Duo
Looks promising and Engadget got a video of the mechanism in action.
15 Sep 2010
Our hardware team has been keeping busy – the Arc Touch Mouse has been a hit with everyone I have shown it to over the last week. It looks like I need to pay my friend in the Hardware team another visit They just announced a 1080p webcam – the Lifecam Studio . HD video calling in a 16:9 widescreen ...
13 Sep 2010
Awaiting the Anna Wintour backlash
I installed my new Arc Touch Mouse on Friday evening and noticed I still had my Wireless Mouse 5000 connected via a USB hub so decided to check out my device center to see what was showing. I really just wanted to see if the high res image of the Arc Touch Mouse was there – I’m pleased to say it was...
7 Sep 2010
Here comes the long weekend
…new gadgets in the Clayton household to play with. The all new Arc Touch Mouse . Oh and the countdown to Kinect is in full effect here in Redmond – this is one of the huge interactive LED screens, this one in Studio B. have a great weekend!
3 Sep 2010
The story of the Arc Touch Mouse
Young Kim talks about the design process behind the Arc Touch Mouse that we announced today. I mentioned earlier this week the design culture we have here at Microsoft and I think some of that comes through in this video. I got to spend time in the model shop you see in this video where a bunch of artisans...
1 Sep 2010
My impressions of Microsoft’s Arc Touch Mouse
Okay, this is hardly a surprise now given all the leaks and peeks but I thought I’d give you my impressions of the Arc Touch Mouse having played with one of these a few weeks back. Todd Bishop nails is pretty well in his summary – this isn’t an Apple Magic Mouse competitor and though there is some funky...
1 Sep 2010
Designing rodents at Microsoft
Don’t worry, we’ve not got in to the genetic engineering business (yet)…I’m talking about design of computer mice and specifically the Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000 Studio Series line (gulp, quite a mouthful that). I got to spend some time in our model shop recently where the initial designs for hardware...
26 Aug 2010
The only computer speakers you’ll ever need
To call these things computer speakers is really rather underselling them – work’s or art may be more appropriate. Of course for $500 or £400 you’d expect a little bit more. What you get with the Bowers and Wilkins MM-1’s is hifi quality speakers hooked up to your PC. When mine arrived, I whipped them...
25 Aug 2010
As gadgets go, this is about one of the best I have – a present from a good friend of mine who knows I like music and that I travel a fair bit. Whilst plenty of hotel rooms have iPod docks in them these days, not all do and my weapon of music choice is a Zune for reasons I’ll go in to in another post...
14 Aug 2010
Microsoft Adaptive Keyboard prototype
I just noticed this Adaptive Keyboard prototype on our MS Hardware blog – it has a touch panel above the traditional keyboard that opens some interesting options. The first scenario shows recent document and applications whilst within an application like PowerPoint. At around 4 minutes, we get a demo...
12 Aug 2010
Microsoft hardware teasing us
What do our hardware guys have up their sleeves? They’re teasing via their Twitter account and posting images on twitpic of this new object. Have I seen it? Do I know what it is? that’d be telling. stay tuned for more tomorrow …the clever guys over at Engadget are hot on the trail
3 Aug 2010
Device stage again
I’ve been a longtime fan of device stage in Windows 7 but I wish more companies took advantage of it. It’s a pleasant surprise when devices do such as the way SonyEricsson has for the U8i phone above. Thanks to Sarah Zenz for the heads up. The devices and printers UI seems to have more of a following...
19 Jul 2010
Microsoft removing your 3D glasses
I just finished reading a piece in Technology Review about Microsoft's Applied Sciences Group who are working to make glasses-free 3-D a reality. Interesting…it’s not going to make me like Avatar any more but 3D without the glasses would be a result of dorktastic proportions. One of my challenges at...
29 Jun 2010
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