Microsoft Research Demos Some Technologies of the Future

REDMOND, Wash.—Microsoft Research demonstrated a number of cutting-edge technologies that are under development at an event here Sept. 26, including a transparent display that uses computer vision, technology that brings real-world aspects back into computing, and the use of spatial memory to navigate source code.

At an event at the Redmond campus to celebrate Microsoft Research’s 15th anniversary, Redmond lab director and corporate vice president Dan Ling moderated a demonstration of a prototype of technology that uses sensing as a real modality.

“The idea of the interactions you can have using computer vision techniques is an area Microsoft Research got into some 10 years ago, when we had no idea how this would be useful going forward,” he said.

The technology, known as TouchLight, is a transparent display that uses computer vision technology to enable new applications in gesture-based user interfaces, video conferencing, augmented reality and ubiquitous computing.

Surface computing technologies such as this do away with the mouse and monitor and allow images and data to be displayed on tabletops, walls and other surfaces and manipulated by making simple hand gestures.

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