A Vision of the Future by Microsoft

This video, which shows what Microsoft thinks await us in the next decade, was presented a few days ago by Microsoft’s Business Division president Stephen Elop at the Wharton Business Conference.

Now a lot of you will probably think that the presentation is nothing but eye candy, but in this case, I disagree. I really do think that we will be seeing this kind of technology in the next 10 to 20 years. It may not exclusively be developed by our friends at Redmond, but I’m sure they’ll introduce several products that could fit in what you just saw. I mean, they’ve already started! Just look at what they’ve done with Surface. Everything you’ve seen in the video was based around the same concept: A miniaturized version of a multi-touch table.

[Via VentureBeat]

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5 Responses to A Vision of the Future by Microsoft

  1. Well, many of the items shown didn't need a keyboard (I did notice the translation app though). And, to that effect, I'm not sure what a good keyboard would be. Speech, just isn't that good of an interface. Maybe with those applications, but I would hate to have to dictate an entire essay. And onscreen keyboards, ehh, just aren't that amazing yet. But, hopefully, but the time we get something like what is shown in the video, we have better touchscreen keyboards ^^

    But honestly, I agree that augmented reality is how we are going to view the world in the future.

  2. Very cool looking stuff, but so often these sorts of things are solutions desperately searching for a problem.

    For example, consider all of the Surface multitouch tabletop screen hype that's been circulating over the past few months. How often do you, during the course of your workday, or when using your computer at home, need to shuffle stacks of photos and arrange them willy-nilly around your screen? Sure, the idea is that some of the ways you currently do things can change for the better, but I can't yet envision a practical application for much of this stuff in my day-to-day routines.

    Fingertip-based interfaces & on-screen keypads are snazzy and suit handheld devices well, but for much of the kinds of work most of us do, I'd imagine that something more precise & definitive is more appropriate.

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