Saturday, August 8, 2009

Pressure Sensitive Keyboard

Some of my colleagues in the Applied Sciences group in Microsoft Hardware have recently gotten some media exposure for one of their recent projects: the pressure sensitive keyboard

Congrats! It's a very nice prototype, and I look forward to seeing what the students at UIST cook up in the innovation contest.

If you aren't familiar with UIST (User Interface Software and Technology), it is a conference dedicated to new interface research. It is one of my favorite conferences to attend. It's where I demonstrated my past work like Automatic Projector Calibration, Foldable Interactive Displays, where Chris Harrison (recently known for Physically Changing Displays) showed off Scratch Input, Andy Wilson showed early pre-Surface touch tables, Hrvoje Benko showed Spherical Surface, MSR-Cambridge presented Second Light, and where Jeff Han first demonstrated FTIR. ...and that's just a small sample from the last 2-3 years.

So if you are interested in new interface technology (or you are part of the tech media) I would encourage you to attend UIST in October this year. You'll get to see what the latest interface researchers are doing all over the world and get to talk to the people behind the ones you have read about.

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