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Thursday, December 30, 2010

LightSpace, From Microsoft Research

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 11:00 PM

"Andy Wilson, senior researcher and Hrvoje Benko, researcher, both from Microsoft Research explain their LightSpace research project. LightSpace combines elements of surface computing and augmented reality research to create a highly interactive space where any surface, and even the space between surfaces, is fully interactive. Our concept transforms the ideas of surface computing into the new realm of spatial computing."

Yes please, I'll take one of these - awesome concepts! Microsoft Research is great at coming up with incredible concepts, but thus far, they rarely translate into shipping products.


Friday, October 9, 2009

Watch Microsoft's Multi-Touch Mice In Action!

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.on10.net/blogs/larry/Thi...our-Next-Mouse/

"Today at the User Interface Software and Technology Conference, Microsoft will show five new mouse prototypes that combine normal mousing with multitouch controls. Here is a video that gives you a brief introduction to each of the controls."

A video has surfaced that demonstrates Microsoft's foray into multi-touch mice and how they can be used in different applications. The demos are somewhat interesting, but I think that it is the finger gestures that they demonstrate that could have the most potential in real world applications. Watching the hand do awkward things like pinching and stretching on a mouse looks painful to me, and not something that I would relish doing repeatedly. And while multi-touch actions are useful, putting those on a mouse seems counter-intuitive to me, since it is a step removed from the actual object you're interacting with; why not just do those actions right on the screen itself? Flicks and twists though, look much more natural, and I could see those being more quickly accepted. Anyone going to rush out the moment these, or something like them, go on sale?


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