Microsoft Research shows off some intriguing new ideas which could change how we interface with smartphones and tablets

Microsoft Research shows off some intriguing new ideas which could change how we interface with smartphones and tablets
Around the world, in secret (or not so secret) laboratories of the tech-titans whose gadgets we know and love, researchers explore new and interesting ways we can use technology to advance how we interact with computing devices like tablets and smartphones.  Microsoft Research is among those pushing the envelope, where a lot of very smart people put some interesting concepts into tangible application.

Some of these ideas may not see the light of day, but these three recent video uploads are pretty interesting, and we see these as being quite applicable to how we work with tablets and smartphones in the future.

The first concept is called RichReview, which allows a deep integration between “ink” (stylus), speech, touch, and gesture inputs in a collaborative environment, and we think it would fit right at home in OneNote. It certainly holds promise in the academic environment, and would be a welcome feature addition to the e-book segment.

Next we see in-air gestures put to use on unmodified mobile devices thanks to an algorithm that can recognize multiple hand positions and gestures to manipulate mapping, drawing, gaming, and other inputs. We see the in-air gestures complement the touch-screen environment on Android devices and Windows tablets.

Lastly, there is FlexSense, which is a transparent, flexible surface which can use its piezoelectric sensors to augment and construct images on top of tablets. The flexible panel can also work in a gaming environment and serve as an additional input source for a given interface. It could be the next great accessory for your next tablet in the future.

All three of these concepts are concepts we think would be right at home in the near future.  Which one do you want to use first?



1. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Richreview sounds useful. FlexSense seems great too.

2. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

I like it all.

12. irbaaz

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Wow they are doing something

3. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Maybe Microsoft Research should build a "crap filter" for the Windows app stores.

4. Cyberchum

Posts: 1066; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

And that is related to what, this article? Gunny how you haven't said the same about play store all these years of crap app flooding.

5. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I have said that many times about all the app stores. So stop being defensive. If Microsoft got off their ass and built a crap filter, it would help Windows users find apps more easily and increase the value of the platform. And, maybe, just maybe, Apple and Google would then feel compelled to do the same thing. Maybe Microsoft can be a leader instead of a follower?

10. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Microsft led with Flat UI within software everybody followed.

13. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

And yet, Android 2.3 went flat before WP even debuted and no one noticed...

14. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Come really? , Flat design wasn't introduced to mobile until Windows Phone did it. Windows Phone and Android and iOS looked like day and night, WP was noted for being different visual from the competition. That was before iOS and Android also adopted Windows Phone approach.

11. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Android and iOS needs a crap filter more than WP look at who leads the way in viruses, it ain't WP . I dont have trouble getting my apps on WP. Even if I'm searching for one of the few major apps missing it points me right to the alternative client apps. Can WP app store get better sure it can however the same goes for iOS and Android with their third party apps. You babble on about leading and following when in fact MS is leading, look at your new lock screen animation on your Android L for eg it is WP inspired. Thats one of just numerous features. The stick market is an Indicator of who's leading and who's following, Microsoft shares are up more than the ones you troll on behalf for and Apple.

6. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

build flex sense into flexible displays, start making flexible phones that respond to you altering their shape.

7. marcusxv3

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 30, 2013


8. Fellwalker

Posts: 538; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

As demonstrated, I can't see in air gestures catching on, but as a concept that does not need specialised equipment, it offers promise. Match it with Google Glass?

9. MrOmkar

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 08, 2012

I wanna join Microsoft Research!! ;) Looks like fun to do such interesting things, albeit harder than than it seems

15. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

I wish I could go back to college... and party 5x harder... Cause this would easily make me such an efficient student! Ahhh, how lucky are those kids gonna be?! This is the future of OneNote? WOW.

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