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Microsoft Research Shows Off New Projects On College Recruiting Tour 62

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the why-do-they-want-computing-to-be-a-workout dept.
In a recent college recruiting tour, Microsoft's Craig Mundie was able to showcase some of the experiments coming out of their Research division. Among some of the interesting projects were another pass at the Minority Report interface, eye-tracking, intelligent data sorting, a global carbon-climate model, and several other software and hardware experiments. A video and supporting slideshow are also available via Microsoft's press site. "Mundie also will discuss the kinds of computers students will soon be using – machines that will respond to gestures through new natural user interfaces; deploy the power of new microprocessors; migrate data to the cloud; and use live data to drive new simulations and visualizations. He’ll center on an environmental theme to show what it might be like to be a research scientist working on zero carbon energy in the future using new interactions with data and computers to increase insight."
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Microsoft Research Shows Off New Projects On College Recruiting Tour

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  • by MightyMartian (840721) on Friday November 06, 2009 @04:45PM (#30009418) Journal

    No idea. Now shut up, I'm playing Mario Kart on my Wii.

  • by jayme0227 (1558821) on Friday November 06, 2009 @05:15PM (#30009846) Journal

    I love posts like this, and must admit that I've been guilty of the same thing.

    "In it's current state, this technology is clearly outclassed by other technologies on the market. They're wasting their time. I'm not buying it."

    Yeah, in it's current state, it looks retarded. But what will it develop into?

    A lot of people thought the Eyetoy was stupid and motion control video games would only be a passing fad. Further development of motion sensing technology pointed to using a controller rather than a camera, which was then masterfully executed by Nintendo. Did the tech suck when it first came out? Absolutely. Was it worth forging ahead into the arena of motion control? Indeed.

    Actually, now, there's a renewed interest [] in using cameras to control what's going on in the game.

    In review: Yes, new technology is often outclassed by other alternatives before it matures. If you give it time, though, it can develop into something really cool.

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