Gallery: What's brewing inside Microsoft Research?

Gallery: What's brewing inside Microsoft Research?

Summary: Microsoft Research recently opened the doors to its research and development facility in Cambridge and silicon.com went along to take a look at the technology being worked on - from augmented reality and Microsoft's Surface technology, to making disk drives more efficient.

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  • Microsoft Research recently opened the doors to its research and development facility in Cambridge and silicon.com went along to take a look at the technology being worked on - from augmented reality and Microsoft's Surface technology, to making disk drives more efficient.

    The picture above shows technology from the Core Tools for Augmented Reality project which is aimed at adding visual information to real-world surroundings.

    The screen on the camera shows information about the building that it's facing such as its address and the businesses that are inside.

    But ZDNet UK's Rupert Goodwins questions whether the money for Microsoft research is being well spent - and ZDNet's Larry Dignan provides analysis.

    Photo credit: Tim Ferguson/silicon.com

  • Also part of the augmented reality demonstration was a treasure hunt in which the computer screen places animation - in this case bubbles - over actual camera footage.

    The user follows the direction of the bubbles' movements with the camera in order to locate a virtual treasure chest located nearby.

    Photo credit: Tim Ferguson/silicon.com

Topics: Microsoft, Enterprise Software

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  • Unfortunately, Unimpressed

    As much as I hate to say it, there is not too much in Microsoft R&D (from what is shown in the picture gallery) that is really innovative or impressive. Nonetheless, I am confident they have other undisclosed, unacknowledged, and unreleased projects in work.
    DarienHawk67
    • Understandable. Their QC and Customer Support areas are unimpressive too.

      n/t
      HypnoToad72
  • That whereabouts clock is getting close

    to Harry Potter technology...
    t0mt0m
  • What's going on?

    Crickets chirping, tumbleweeds blowing past.

    Doesn't that photo remind you of Google street view, only
    instead of basically already having most of the US already
    mapped, MS still has this in it's top secret 'lab'?

    I think they are actually staging the next 'you find it' ad.
    comp_indiana