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  • Blog Post: At TED, Worldwide Telescope uses Oculus Rift to let attendees experience the universe

    If you could see ideas spreading, what would it look like? Amy Robinson wanted to get to the bottom of this question. Robinson is a community member of TED , the annual technology and design conference whose tagline is “Ideas Worth Spreading.” She is also the Creative Director of Eyewire...
  • Blog Post: Hotel rooms of the future

    [image credit: Tihany Design] I’m typing this en route to my fourth city in as many weeks and another hotel room away from the delights of my increasingly digital home. I spend a lot of time in hotel rooms and the more I look at them, the more I dream of waking up one morning in the hotel room...
  • Blog Post: 'Smart' Bulbs with Bright Ideas for Cutting Your Energy Bill

    Whenever talk turns to the internet of things, the home of the future is one of the first examples to come up. We could probably each think of at least a half-a-dozen ideas of how to make our homes more comfortable with technology. For better or worse, one of the first to see the light of day was the...
  • Blog Post: WIRED prototypes four world-changing product ideas from Bill Gates

    WIRED invited Bill Gates to be the guest editor of their latest issue , and now they've brought four of his recent ideas for global good to life through a colorful set of prototypes by top design firms. One product, dubbed the Juice Box, is a portable device that can transform nearly any power source...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s vision for the future of productivity

    Via a post on the Official Microsoft Blog today, Kurt DelBene announced a new video that shows our vision on the future of productivity. You may have seen my post earlier this week that explored how far Microsoft and the industry has gone in achieving the vision laid out in an earlier vision video. This...
  • Blog Post: Reimagining the Phone Booth of the Future

    Last time I talked about smart cities it was based on a trip back to London , which has a dated infrastructure and growing demands from new development. It's a challenge shared by many cities that are looking for a way forward to improve the quality of life of its citizens, but are held back by technical...
  • Blog Post: A 2 year old on what’s next for technology

    Of all the posts in this weeks’ retrospective, a post titled What my daughter taught me about the future of technology is the most recent and was probably the most fun (and challenging) to write. The most fun as it involved recording my 2 year old daughter shouting at our Xbox. The most challenging...
  • Blog Post: Translation tech powers automatic subtitles for everyday life

    Editor’s note: The following is a post from Athima Chansanchai, Microsoft News Center Staff The world is a big place, but advancements in language translation are making it a little smaller every day. A shared understanding emphasizes what we have in common, rather than the chasms that...
  • Blog Post: Windows in your hotel room

    Back in November 2011 I authored a post titled Hotel rooms of the future that was inspired by a Departures magazine piece featuring the work of Adam Tihany . Over a year on and I’m back at the same topic inspired by a post on PSFK about a prototype hotel that has touch sensitive tablet walls...
  • Blog Post: Gesture interfaces in the car?

    I like gesture based interfaces as much as the next man (or woman), in fact my brother can attest to my skills on British roads with gestures while driving – but the Mercedes Benz F125 concept car is heading down the wrong road if you ask me. Granted, there is much to like about this 25 year out...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft TechFest 2013: SketchInsight

    Over the last few days Microsoft has provided glimpses of our vision for the future and where technology could take us — first with the opening of the Envisioning Center , and then yesterday with a conversation hosted by Craig Mundie and Eric Rudder regarding Microsoft’s strategic and technical...
  • Blog Post: Step inside the Microsoft Envisioning Center

    Back in the early days of Microsoft, our mission was to put a PC on every desk and in every home — an ambitious goal for the time. Behind that was the conviction that computer technology had the innate capacity to enrich peoples’ lives. The trick was applying it in a way that made sense,...
  • Blog Post: Smartphones, sensors and the age of domestic drones

    In this month’s issue of Wired Magazine, editor Chris Anderson puts the spotlight on the burgeoning population of drones, but not those in the skies over Afghanistan or Iraq. The drones Chris is talking about are being built and created by hobbyists like himself, all around the world. There’s...
  • Blog Post: Alex Kipman on making technology more analog

    [Alex Kipman: Kinect inventor] Of all the look back posts this week, this is the most technical and perhaps the most fascinating. With the launch of Kinect, I began to understand what the future of computer programming may look like. For years we programmed computers to deal with certainty, expressed...
  • Blog Post: In the future our homes will...

    Following the recent tour video of the Microsoft Home , I’ve been looking out for more “in home” technology advances and the last few weeks has turned up a bumper crop of gadgetry aimed at making our living spaces more intelligent. First up is the cute video above from Ericsson that...
  • Blog Post: Imagination is arranging knowledge in to new formats

    A fine quote by Syd Mead , the concept designer behind Blade Runner , Aliens , and Tron. In the video above he gives his view on robots, transportation and imagination in 2019. It’s a cool little video and his thesis is centered around notion of human intellect, curiosity and creativity driving...
  • Blog Post: InfraStructs lets you embed info in 3D printed objects

    Microsoft Research’s Andy Wilson spoke to IEEE Spectrum recently about InfraStructs, a promising new technology he presented with intern Karl Willis at SIGGRAPH 2013 in July. InfraStructs enables you to embed geometric shapes, 3D watermarks and binary codes into 3D printed objects. The embedded...
  • Blog Post: Forza Motorsport Pt2: The art of building ribbons

    In this second post about Forza Motorsport 4 , I thought it’d be interesting to talk about how the team at Turn 10 Studios creates, and recreates, tracks for the game. I say “creates” because the tracks roster in Forza Motorsport 4 features a mixture of fictional tracks created from...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Home of the Future is Living the Dream

    At Microsoft, dreaming up ideas is part of our DNA. It’s all about making the impossible possible. As you read last week in our series called Places Week, we have buildings that offer large work areas, cozy corners and sunlit open spaces. These are often the places where we turn our dreams into...
  • Blog Post: Craig Mundie Shows the Future of Healthcare at PHS

    It looks like I wasn’t the only person who had the explosion of connected devices on their mind yesterday : Craig Mundie gave a talk at the Pacific Health Summit that touched on what the massive growth in connected devices may mean for healthcare - Todd Bishop was there to watch and posted his...
  • Blog Post: Teachers head to Redmond for show & tell

    One of the great things about technology is its potential to do almost anything – sometimes outside the boundaries of what it was designed for. It’s at the core of what we do, and we generally perform better when we’re aware of its limits and where they can be pushed. Teachers are...
  • Blog Post: Can we solve distracted driving?

    This project from Microsoft Research has already had a ton of coverage , not least a great piece in the NY Times by Steve Lohr – but after seeing it on the local news here in Seattle this week, I decided to get in on the game. Eric Horvitz and Shamsi Iqbal have found that the cognition –...
  • Blog Post: Proximiter brings us ambient social navigation

    Richard Banks has a knack for finding some of the most interesting stuff on the web. Our paths of interest regularly cross and Proximeter may be a tool that could eventually see our physical paths cross. Dubbed an “ambient social navigation instrument”, Proximeter is the work of Henry...
  • Blog Post: The future of window shopping

    I’ll admit to a spot more than window shopping in the last week but the future of shopping being predicted by the Microsoft Tag team is quite appealing. It would certainly avoid the post Christmas shopping scrum. In the infographic posted to their blog this week , they outline one possible scenario...
  • Blog Post: A hotel room of the future by Microsoft & Novotel

    A few weeks back I wrote a post musing on what a hotel room of the future may look like. Today, thanks to Long Zheng , I spotted a video of a collaboration between Microsoft on Novotel on just that. Okay, it’s not as far out as some of the ideas I had but this room is here now and taking bookings...
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