The tour of Microsoft Research continues. In this segment, Kevin Schofield leads us through the social software group (Lili Cheng gives us a demo of Wallop), the cafeteria, the hardware lab, and more (at the end we meet Eric Brill, search engine researcher,
in the hall).
Whoa. Check out that five-axis milling machine. We stop to talk with the inventor of the laser printer, Gary Starkweather.
Mike Sinclair shows us MEMS (Microelectronical Mechanical Systems -- Micromotors). Watch Mike as he explains how he puts up to 10,000 micro machines on one silicon chip the size of your fingernail.
Remember physics class? We love how Mike explains the equation: F=Ma "what happens when you make 'm' really small? You can do amazing things if you make 'm' really small." Small indeed. He built a stepper motor that spins a piece of silicon at steps of 1/25
billionths of a meter.
What are they doing research on micromachines for? To build new kinds of monitors that could potentially cover your walls.
This is a longer video. It's about half an hour long. Pretty unedited too. We left in a short walk through the cafeteria. By the way, doing camera while walking backward isn't as easy as it looks.
Tomorrow and Wednesday the tour continues. Tomorrow we see inside the large and multiple monitor lab.