Technology platforms are emerging as a new kind of workplace: from crowdwork to ‘peer economy’ platforms. This project uses ethnographic methods to address questions such as: Who are the workers on these platforms? What are their work practices? How do they differ from traditional labor? How is the complex relationship between workers, customers, platform provider, and the algorithms they create, experienced? What does all this imply for designing more equitable and sustainable markets for work?
holoportation is a new type of 3D capture technology that allows high quality 3D models of people to be reconstructed, compressed, and transmitted anywhere in the world in real-time. When combined with mixed reality displays such as HoloLens, this technology allows users to see and interact with remote participants in 3D as if they are actually present in their physical space. Communicating and interacting with remote users becomes as simple as face to face communication.
One out of four people in the world have experienced mental illness at some point in their lives. DiPsy is a digital psychologist presented as a personalized chatbot, who can evaluate, diagnose, treat and study users' mental processes through natural conversations.
Room2Room is a life-size telepresence system that leverages projected augmented reality to enable co-present interaction between two remote participants. We enable a face-to-face conversation by performing 3D capture of the local user with color + depth cameras and projecting their virtual copy into the remote space at life-size scale. This creates an illusion of the remote person’s presence in the local space, as well as a shared understanding of verbal and non-verbal cues (e.g., gaze).
Spatial Audio is a project about creating a 3D audio experience using headphones. Spatial audio is also known as 3D stereo sound, or simply 3D audio. The applications are augmented and virtual reality, but this technology also affects a trivial activities such as listening to music or watching a movie on the screen of your tablet.
This research project investigates the design of an open source peer economy platform designed with and for service providers. This project is an early prototype of a worker dispatch system.
Labs: FUSE Labs
Understanding Techniques and Tools for More Effective Telemetry and Log Data Analysis
Microsoft Research is conducting a study of a new device, called a Timecard. Timecard allows you to organise photos and other content around a timeline, and display this on a dedicated screen in your home.
NUIgraph is a prototype Windows 10 app for visually exploring data in order to discover and share insight.
In order to increase user awareness of third party tracking we have investigated designs for visualizing cookie traffic as the users browse the Web.
Platform for Situated Interaction
Instructions for Mechanical Turk tasks on classifying images
We present a new interactive approach to 3D scene understanding. Our system, SemanticPaint, allows users to simultaneously scan their environment, whilst interactively segmenting the scene simply by reaching out and touching any desired object or surface. Our system continuously learns from these segmentations, and labels new unseen parts of the environment. Unlike offline systems, where capture, labeling and batch learning often takes hours or even days to perform, our approach is fully online.
The Ability team is a virtual team consisting of members of MSR's Labs who work on accessible technologies.
The RoomAlive Toolkit is an open source SDK that enables developers to calibrate a network of multiple Kinect sensors and video projectors. The toolkit also provides a simple projection mapping sample that can be used as a basis to develop new immersive augmented reality experiences similar to those of the IllumiRoom and RoomAlive research projects.
Microsoft believes the Surface Hub will be as empowering and as transformative to teams and the shared work environment as the PC was to individuals and the desk. The Surface Hub creates new modalities for creating and brainstorming with its unique large-screen productivity apps and capabilities. We believe it will be a critical component for the modern workplace, home, or other venue where people need to come together to think, ideate, and produce. This RFP is now closed.
Presenter Camera is a desktop application designed to improve the quality of video seen by remote attendees of a presentation.
We envision a future Internet of Things where every human-created artifact in the world that uses electricity will be connected to the internet. We are creating new experiences and technologies for the coming convergence of digital and physical systems enabled in this future.
The Eye Gaze keyboard is a project to enable people who are unable to speak or use a physical keyboard to communicate using only their eyes. Our initial prototypes are based around an on screen qwerty keyboard very similar to the 'taptip' keyboard built into Windows 8 which has been extended to response to eye gaze input from a sensor bar like the Tobii EyeX. Our goal is to improve communication speed by 25% compared to experienced users of off the shelf Speech Generating Devices.
This project aims to enable people to converse with their devices. We are trying to teach devices to engage with humans using human language in ways that appear seamless and natural to humans. Our research focuses on statistical methods by which devices can learn from human-human conversational interactions and can situate responses in the verbal context and in physical or virtual environments.
Project Blush explorers the materiality of digital ephemera and people's receptiveness to 'digital jewellery' - exploring the materials and aesthetics that may allow wearables to become jewellables.Project Blush is a research project that originates from the Human Experience and Design group (HXD). HXD specialise in designing and fabricating new human experiences with computing. These play on many different kinds of human values, from amplifying efficiency and effectiveness to creating delight a
We envision using Eye Gaze technology to bring independent mobility to people living with disabilities who are unable to use a joystick.
We explore grip and motion sensing to afford new techniques that leverage how users naturally manipulate tablet and stylus devices during pen-and-touch interaction. We can detect whether the user holds the pen in a writing grip or tucked between his fingers. We can distinguish bare-handed inputs, such as drag and pinch gestures, from touch gestures produced by the hand holding the pen, and we can sense which hand grips the tablet, and determine the screen's relative orientation to the pen.
Mano-a-Mano is a unique spatial augmented reality system that combines dynamic projection mapping, multiple perspective views and device-less interaction to support face-to-face, or dyadic, interaction with 3D virtual objects. Its main advantage over more traditional AR approaches is users are able to interact with 3D virtual objects and each other without cumbersome devices that obstruct face to face interaction.