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  • Blog Post: Smart technology and fashion merge in a skirt made of Nokia Lumia 1520 phones

    In the Oscar-nominated “Her” the protagonist of the not-so-distant future wears the smartest smartphone ever in his shirt pocket and talks to it all day. In our present, people wear watches and glasses that do everything our smartphones do – and more. But this year at London Fashion...
  • Blog Post: Surface 2.0 now shipping

    I spent a lot of time with Surface 2.0 last week and from this morning onwards, others can begin to have the same pleasure – the SUR 40 is now shipping and available through Samsung channel and reseller partners. Samsung announced the news this morning at the National Retail Federation Conference...
  • Blog Post: Meet Patty, Microsoft’s robot

    Last week I teased with a photograph of a piece of hardware behind a cage and asked what or who was Microsoft’s caged animal ? There were some good guesses but none quite hit the spot – now, with the help of Nic and Joe, you can find out who, or what PaTTy is. Tweet
  • Blog Post: Can white space deliver ubiquitous connectivity?

    A few weeks ago I posted this slide and focused on Natural User Interfaces. Given the discussion this week about “TV white spaces” I thought it would be worth touching on ubiquitous connectivity. I get more than a little irked when I hear folks from Silicon Valley, Redmond or other cities...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for Windows 1.5 released with face tracking SDK and more

    Since the Kinect for Windows sensor and SDK arrived, the team has been adding more features and countries in which the product is available at a fair old clip. Today they released version 1.5 of the Kinect for Windows runtime and SDK. Kinect for Windows hardware is now available in Hong Kong, Korea...
  • Blog Post: Nokia Lumia momentum map

    A cool little interactive momentum map from Nokia for the Lumia. They’re pulling out all the stops in marketing for their Windows Phone – I'm look forward to seeing devices activated added to this map. Tweet
  • Blog Post: Building Xbox One

      I can’t believe I missed this post last month from Engadget who got an inside look some of the labs behind Xbox One at our Silicon Valley campus. If you’re at all interested in what it takes to build Xbox One, this is a must read/view.
  • Blog Post: Looking beyond CES at what’s next

    I was about to write a post that used CES as the backdrop to look at what’s next for technology but Sarah Rotman Epps from Forrester has already done a terrific job of covering much of what I had planned to with her post Beyond Tablets: The Next Five Computing Form Factors - so I’ll riff...
  • Blog Post: Hardware optimized for Windows 8

      Not only do my friends in Microsoft Hardware make some beautiful hardware - they make some pretty good videos too. The video of Young Kim talking about the Arc Touch Mouse remains one of my all time favorite videos but they have two new ones on deck that highlight...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Hardware: Limited Edition Artist Series downloads

    I’m a big fan of of the Artist Series of of mice from the Microsoft Hardware team. My main tool of choice continues to be the Deanne Cheuk edition of the Microsoft Touch Mouse – it works wonderfully with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview . The hardware team has a microsite dedicated to...
  • Blog Post: Win a limited edition Arc Touch Mouse with one tweet

    Microsoft Hardware is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year and as part of the celebrations they’re offering up the chance to win a one-of-a-kind 30th anniversary Arc Touch Mouse. Each mouse is hand-painted and only 30 were made. Lance Ulanoff of Mashable recently got his hands on one. ...
  • Blog Post: What we didn’t show you at CES: Microsoft’s .NET Gadgeteer

    [Dean Kamen stops by to hear about KinectFusion – and .NET Gadgeteer] At CES last month we had the good fortune to have Dean Kamen stop by our What’s Next booth and as I toured him around the space, he quickly gravitated towards the Kinect Fusion demo. Given Dean’s geek credentials...
  • Blog Post: Limited Edition Microsoft hardware

    I know I’m a broken record on this but Microsoft Hardware really are quietly (too quietly I think) churning out some elegant hardware. The latest rodents to slip out of Studio B here in Redmond are two limited edition versions of the award winning Arc Touch Mouse . Tweet
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Artist Edition mice

    Back in February I profiled Lindsey Kujawski, an industrial designer at Microsoft who I titled as a “fashionista”. She spends time looking at the latest fashion, interior design and macro-social trends. The aim is is to help design products that connect with people beyond the features and...
  • Blog Post: What’s possible in 24 hours with the Kinect SDK?

    I spent the morning participating in and watching the announcements around the Kinect SDK and it’s been a blast to see what developers can do in just 24 hours with the kit. As I mentioned in my earlier post , we ran a code camp for the last 24 hours and following the webcast this morning I took...
  • Blog Post: Hitch concept camera

    It’s a common ritual – you go to an event like a wedding or house party and everyone takes their own photos. As the host, you’d love to gather them all up and have a multi camera view of the event but it never happens. Guests take their cameras home and the photos are at best spread...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft displays its cred at Maker Faire New York

    This past weekend, hobbyists and crafters descended on Queens, New York for Maker Faire New York. If you haven’t heard of it before, Maker Faire is considered "the greatest show-and-tells on earth." It’s a celebration of creativity and invention, and a place where people who love making stuff...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone + Windows 7 + Kinect + Surface = coolness

    Another post, another video featuring Microsoft Surface. This time, it’s nsquared , a Microsoft Partner from Australia who showed off this impressive demo during the TechEd Australia 2011 developer keynote this week. I thought the integration of Surface and Windows Phone was particularly impressive...
  • Blog Post: MSNBC and Bill Buxton on making computers invisible

    Last month I was happy to help host Wilson Rothman here at Microsoft as he was putting together a story around “making computers disappear” as part of his Future of Technology series . We sat in the front row of Microsoft’s Tech Ready event where technical folks from across the company...
  • Blog Post: This is how I want to read my newspaper

    Props to the Nieman Journalism Lab for this video from the New York Times R&D Lab on their use of Surface. Sure it’s a Surface 1.0 unit as 2.0 isn’t out in the wild yet but this is one way (not the only way) I’d like to read my newspaper. At Casa Clayton, we currently have a PC...
  • Blog Post: Ubi-Interactive uses Kinect to make any surface interactive

    During several talks I have given recently I’ve mentioned Microsoft’s desire to turn every surface into an interactive digital surface. During the talk I gave at the PSFK New York event, I showed how some of this is coming to life with Microsoft Research projects such as Illumishare and the...
  • Blog Post: Surface with Windows 8 Pro: Available February 9th

    Big news today from Redmond. The Surface with Windows 8 Pro goes on sale February 9th and a Surface edition of the Wedge Touch Mouse will also be available - more on that soon. Panos Panay has more details on the Official Microsoft Blog .
  • Blog Post: Lenovo Boot or Bust

    I know we’re dedicating this week on /Next to people but there is a tenuous link here to a Softie from our last people week. Ben Rudolph , time to grab a parachute….Lenovo. Boot or bust . Tweet
  • Blog Post: Samsung Series 9 at the Bellevue Microsoft Store

    I soooo need this laptop – I was literally talking to a couple of friends yesterday and telling them that sure, their Lenovo X120 was nice and all but this is the bad boy I want. Josh gives my buddy Ben Rudolph a run for his money here…(just kidding Ben). Why do I need the Samsung? Design...
  • Blog Post: Little Printer: Where digital and analog live in beautiful harmony

    Yesterday I wrote about Twine , one of my Christmas gadgets that fits in to the category of the Internet of Things. I tend to agree with The Next Web who think that 2013 will be the year of this trend and another of my Christmas gifts is part of this trend. Little Printer has received a lot of ink...
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