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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Bill’s book
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Designboom did a book report on Sketching the User Experience by Bill Buxton. I was happy to supply scans of my sketchbook for it, and it’s very odd to now see mind maps and collages that I put together quite a while ago gracing the internets. Kudos to Henry Hong-Yiu Cheung for insisting my pages

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SenseCam on the BBC
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For those who are lucky enough to have a UK IP address (so you can watch streaming TV from the BBC), the SenseCam (developed in our lab), which allows you to “log your life” by taking stills of what you’re looking at every 30 seconds, is on the BBCs iPlayer as part of a show

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Microsoft: Touchscreens Old and Busted; Force Sensitivity Is New Hotness
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Great bit of coverage on Gizmodo for some force-sensing work coming out of our team in Cambridge. Microsoft: Touchscreens Old and Busted; Force Sensitivity Is New Hotness“Researchers have come up with a prototype of their force-sensing tech that’ll let you apply different kinds of force to a device, like twisting or bending, to do stuff

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HCI 2020 report on the radio
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A little bit of coverage of the HCI 2020 report launch on the World Service’s “Digital Planet” radio show. Here’s the points during the show where our coverage begins: 14:10 – Being Human segment begins 14:49 – Interview with Gary Marsden begins 15:50 – Interview with Abi Sellen begins 19:40 – End of segment “Digital

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HCI 2020 report launched
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A year ago Abi and Richard helped organize a gathering of 40+ “luminaries” from the field of Human-Computer Interaction to debate how the relationship between people and technology might change in the next decade. That event has resulted in a really great read, a report entitled “Being Human: Human Computer Interaction in the Year 2020“.

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Design and the Elastic Mind
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I wish I could make it to New York to see the Design and the Elastic Mind exhibition at MOMA. It sounds like it allows you to see or experience many of the objects and interfaces that I’ve blogged about over the last few years, and many that I haven’t. The website is a little

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Some SenseCam press
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Great article in MIT’s Technology Review on the SenseCam, particularly focusing on the potential benefits for dementia sufferers… “When Mrs. B was admitted to the hospital in March 2002, her doctors diagnosed limbic encephalitis, a brain infection that left her autobiographical memory in tatters. As a result, she can only recall around 2 percent of

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Economist article on new user interface directions
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There’s an article in this weeks Economist focused on how difficult technology is to use, and some new directions for user interfaces that may go some way to making them simpler. In addition to some of the usual suspects (Apple’s iPhone and the Minority Report UI) it gives the Microsoft Cambridge lab some decent mention,

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Hoe ziet de computer er over tien jaar uit?
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Apparently the work that the team showed at the 10th Anniversary celebrations of the Cambridge lab made the cover of the NRC, a top Dutch newspaper. The title of the article, available online, translates as something like “Is this what the computer of the future looks like?”. Thanks for the pointer, Annet.

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