Techfest 2010: Some Technology Heirlooms
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We recently took part in TechFest 2010, the latest in Microsoft Research’s show and tell events, with a booth that we entitled “The Future of Looking Back”. TechFest is primarily a way for people in Research to meet people in Microsoft’s product groups who are interested in similar topic areas. It’s a sort of trade

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An Introduction to Technology Heirlooms
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I’ve mentioned fleetingly in the past the work we’re doing in Cambridge around Technology Heirlooms. Mostly I’ve pointed to the odd paper or presentation that we’ve published. Thank you if you’ve had the patience to either read or watch what I’ve referenced. I’m going to stretch your patience further though, since I thought it might

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Reuters video
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Good video from Reuters giving a brief overview of some of the work done by my team and others in Cambridge. There’s a bunch of projects done by us that pass by in a flash. This was shot as part of our recent Enabling Innovation event at the lab. More videos of items from the

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Dundee visit
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The Product Design and Interactive Media Design students at Dundee University are participating in Microsoft’s Design Expo (part of the 2009 Faculty Summit) for a second year in a row. These are 2nd year undergraduate students (see my notes and the student presentation from last year), working to combine the brief we’ve set around “Work”

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Technology Heirlooms video of talk at PSFK’s Good Ideas Salon
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PSFK posted the video of the talk I gave recently at their Good Ideas Salon in London. It’s about 30 minutes long and covers some of our thoughts in Cambridge around how people get sentimental about objects, particularly heirlooms, and how that might apply to digital and technological objects in the future. During the editing

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More TechFest coverage
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Nice article by Angela Gunn at BetaNews, that mentions Timecard, CellFrame and Family Archive, which we showed recently at Techfest (see my overview): “SDS has a knack for developing humble gadgets that you wish someone would sell you right here, right now; I personally yearn for my own Whereabouts Clock, which I believe I last

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Anab Jain at LIFT09
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Anab Jain, who spent a year and a half with our team in Cambridge, gave a great talk recently at the Lift09 conference. Part of the talk covered the work she did while part of the Helen Hamlyn Research Centre at the Royal College of Art. After that she talks about some of the concepts

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Press coverage of TechFest 2009
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I mentioned during last week’s summary of our Techfest Booth that I’d write down a list of the coverage we got. A lot of this focussed on the Family Archive, designed as a piece of furniture into which a family could store their shared digital media, as well as shots of physical things, for reminiscing

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An overview of our TechFest 2009 booth
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As I mentioned earlier, a bunch of us from the Socio-Digital Systems team are in Redmond for our annual TechFest 2009 event. This is our big chance to show our work both to Microsoft employees, and also to the press and industry partners. The press day was yesterday. Today and tomorrow we present work to

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TechFest 2009
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TechFest is Microsoft Research’s annual show-and-tell. The whole division basically decamps to the Conference Center in Redmond and spend two or three days showing Microsoft employees what we spend our time doing. It’s a good way for them to get an overview, and hopefully make connections with researchers that are working in areas that are

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