Ken Wood - Ubiquitous computing at Microsoft Research in UK

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Ken Wood runs the interactive systems group at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK.

He discusses wearable computing and other research his team is working on.

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      salasks
      Question: Does the group work with neurofeedback loops?
      Comment: I hope toilet paper never goes digital.
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      nemisys
      Microsoft's FAT Patent Rejected by Patent Office, At PubPat's Request

      NEW YORK -- In the reexamination proceeding initiated earlier this year by the Public Patent Foundation ("PUBPAT"), the United States Patent and Trademark Office has rejected all of the claims of Microsoft's patent on the FAT file system, which Microsoft describes as "the ubiquitous format used for interchange of media between computers, and, since the advent of inexpensive, removable flash memory, also between digital devices."

      http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20040930074317160

      This is what Bill Gates gets for posing as a programmer. Remember CP/M? Remember the Osbourne? Bill, you only invented a way to get away with what you did, not the technology.
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      Rossj

       Who put that Window there? Looks like a bad episode of the X-Files with that lighting Wink


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      Chris​Brooksbank
      Is it just me or is this wearable computer thing way ahead of its time. Surely only uber geeks will go out in public wearing a camera on their head. And only uber geeks with nothing to hide, how does it know not to take a picture when you are taking a leak ?
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      Keromar
      Hej, give them a break. Some of the work these people are doing might be ground-breaking. But I guess bashing is easier than giving positive feedback.
      This being said, the things this group is doing is way in to the future, but so was the mobile phone 15 years ago. Nobody could imagine than that nowadays in many countries the larger part of the population can be reached everywhere by phone (though you can discuss whether that is such a good thing as well).
      In the early days of the computer, nobody imagined the wide spread of computers today. And on the use of Internet, more than one "enlightened" person made the wrong predictions.
      And no, I would not want my toilet paper to be digital. But it is easy to make jokes/get scared about new technology. Eg people said when the first cars started to appear that people would not be able to stand speeds over 40 mph/60kph.
      But then maybe all these comments above would not have been here if this was not "Microsoft" Research.

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