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Microsoft’s Vision for Future Productivity

From Microsoft’s Office YouTube Channel:

Watch how future technology will help people make better use of their time, focus their attention, and strengthen relationships while getting things done at work, home, and on the go. (Release: 2011)

There are some interesting concepts in the video involving augmented reality (adding visualizations to one’s environment), new user interfaces and user collaboration, and “Web 3.0” style communication: where relevant information finds the user at the appropriate time (an intelligent filtering of the overwhelming information now being generated by “Web 2.0” technologies such as social media). Any thoughts on the practicality of these concepts? How do you envision collaboration with coworkers in the future? Do you see these technologies as appropriate, or too intrusive? We would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below. Video by: officevideos on YouTube (Microsoft) Posted by: Situated Research

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  1. Matthew Sharritt, Ph.D.

    An interesting critique of this video has been floating around: http://worrydream.com/ABriefRantOnTheFutureOfInteractionDesign/

    The critique brings up some valid points, but is rather harsh. Specifically, he states that it does not extend the human-computer interface beyond it’s current state, such as fingers swiping on glass (iPad, etc.) or pointing / touching. The human hand can perform much more complex tasks, which still appear to be unexploited in this video portraying the future.

    What are your thoughts? Will future human-computer interfaces incorporate advances that extend human capabilities to manipulate objects?

    The future will also likely bring advances to haptic feedback. Current generations of mobile phones provide sensations when a button is pushed, and research is being done to develop screens that can actually give textures to buttons (such as making a keyboard button feel concave, as it does on a traditional workstation). Other advances (see https://www.situatedresearch.com/blog/tag/tactile-motion/ for examples) extend a user’s capability to feel. Will these new sensations add to our ability to work more effectively and efficiently?

    All comments are welcome, please leave your thoughts below.

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