If you’ve ever made a presentation using your laptop or tablet, you know that sometimes there are challenges, especially when you’ve got audience interaction and you need to pull up supporting documents quickly. As the Inside Microsoft Research blog reports, there’s a new app that can make it easier for you to control your presentation. With Office Remote, a collaboration between Microsoft Research and the Microsoft Office engineering team, it’s as easy as pressing a touchscreen.
“Office Remote turns your phone into a smart remote that interacts with Microsoft Office on your PC,” says Bert Van Hoof, an Office group program manager. “The app lets you control Word, Excel, and PowerPoint from across the room so you can walk around freely during presentations.”
What if a new mother could direct her smartphone to monitor her tweets and other social media interactions and alert her to signs of postpartum depression? That’s one of the possibilities raised by a study that will be presented by a Microsoft Research team at next week’s ACM CHI 2013 conference in Paris.
In addition to the positive aspects of this scenario, the presenters expect the talk to stimulate discussions on ethics and privacy, though the study involved publicly available data with no personally identifiable information.