Thursday, August 12, 2010

Want to get your hands on an experimental research prototype from Microsoft Hardware?

It's that time of year again, and we are coming up to UIST 2010 - a research conference on new interface hardware and software technology. Once again, Microsoft Applied Sciences is sponsoring the student innovation contest. Last year, it was the pressure sensitive keyboard. This year is the: Adaptive Keyboard.

From the Applied Sciences page, "[The adaptive keyboard] is a research prototype developed by Microsoft Hardware to explore how combining display and input capabilities in a keyboard can allow users to be more productive. The keyboard incorporates a large, touch-sensitive display strip at the top. In addition, the display continues underneath the keys, allowing the legends to be modified in real time. This lets you do things like change the character set to a different language or display command icons."

If you are interested in participating, visit the UIST student contest page for rules and important dates. The entry deadline is August 17th!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Playing Nintendo with your eyes

Haha, now this is how you make a science project/research video! Great work guys. Next time I'm in the area, I'd be happy to buy you guys lunch. It looks ridiculous, but great at the same time. 150K views and counting. These Waterloo Labs guys really have something going with their "Engineer Awesome" mantra. My hats off to them. You can check out their other videos on their YouTube channel.