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Microsoft Campus Tours - Microsoft Research Part 2 - Manual Deskterity

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Larry Larsen and Microsoft Research General Manager Kevin Schofield take a tour of Building 99. In this video, the second of three parts, Michel Pahud walks us through some of his touch computing research projects.

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  • CKurtCKurt while( ( !​succeed=try​() ) ) { }

    I love microsoft vision about this: The pen is not death!

    Pen is for precise input and handwriting and taking noted. Hand is mostly for scrolling, interacting with UI , positioning windows or media playback with large button (play, stop, rewind)

    The combination is killer!

     

     

  • Imagination = Computer Science Smiley

    Great video Smiley

  • sigh, i'm not impressed at all.

    1. Surface seem to still have that annoying response delay, so nearly unusable.

    2. That dell screen seem to have a buggy interface, sure it's a prototype but i didn't expect such a buggy interface since windows 7 i supposed to be "designed" for touch displays. So i guess that was yet another thing PR department pulled out of their butts just to sell the product, sigh ever heard of "honesty lasts forever" ?

    I really lose that tiny trust i have for microsoft when they lie like that.

    3. That hand moving thing for the "smart" phones, i'm just not seeing that as useful.

  • Pen manipulation on a display surface is OLD technology. Unless a new innovative way of handling the pen input is produced, there will be no user excitement about pen and mobile devices.

    This video was boring (not because of the people), and exciting technology is not boring. 

     

  • If you've tried to put together a real piece of software using pen and touch this video is exciting.

    I know from my current project that pen and touch is still at that clumsy gimmicky stage. I'm glad to see that we have still more to look forward to.  Touch is more than just mouse/trackpad replacement with pinching for zoom.

    Pen and touch together is exciting. It's natural. I have to yet to find anything on the market that the pen doesn't interrupt the touch. And that is the key to a natural experience.

    On the software side we are in need of a mode where touch  doesn't try to be a mouse.  In windows7, touch expects that there is a primary finger at all times. If the primary finger is lifted, all the other touches don't register. So that's another change I'm looking forward to.

  • Matt SeigelMatt Seigel

    kinect is amazing.
    as far as the touch interface some of the things look interesting but why can't you just use a finger to hold and the fingers of another hand to copy or use the pen to copy. it would make a lot more sense if you could do both / any combination.
    not really impressed with the smart phone stuff. im not going to be waving my hand around trying to move a inside my phone. that would make life much more difficult.
    one thing is certain though, using a pen in situations that require precision is a definite improvement.

  • , v1r0n wrote

    Pen manipulation on a display surface is OLD technology. Unless a new innovative way of handling the pen input is produced, there will be no user excitement about pen and mobile devices.

    This video was boring (not because of the people), and exciting technology is not boring. 

     

    Pen is very good for graphics and writing. Personally, I could never use a touch only device to get actual work done, only browsing (try taking notes and making sketches on a touch only device). When they mention that touch is for manipulating and pen is for input, that, I think, was the key of it.

  • VladislavVladislav

    @v1r0n: Pen isn't old, it's classic.

  • I would have liked a much shorter section on Pen and Touch and more content about the campus and the choices for the working environment. Microsoft is a beacon in this field and I'd guess that people are attracted to this series for that reason.

  • karen williamskaren williams

    Iwant know where microsoft is

  • Greate Tour! The future will be created in the place like this!

  • The video is good, but not in the right series.

    The technology is good, but not exciting to me.

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