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Can the Micro Bit inspire a million?
Steve Hodges, principal researcher in Microsoft's Cambridge, U.K. research lab, discusses the impact the Micro Bit mini-computer can have on the one million school children who will be coding on the robust devices.

BBC News · 29 March 2016

How to inkjet-print an electronic circuit
Steve Hodges, head of the sensors and devices group at Microsoft's Cambridge U.K. research lab, wants to make it easy to prototype electronic devices, so he's found a way to print circuits with an inkjet printer.

Wired · 10 July 2015

Microsoft and the micro:bit: A million ways to inspire a generation
Later this year the BBC together with Microsoft and other partners will provide every Year 7 student (age 11-12) in the United Kingdom with their own micro:bit personal computing device they can use to explore the possibilities of computer science.

Microsoft News Centre UK · 7 July 2015

Home Inkjet Printer Fabricates Circuit Boards on Photo Paper
The ink costs $500 a bottle, but only a few cents are needed to make a circuit.

Computerworld · 28 April 2014

5 Ways Microsoft Will Enable Your PC to See, Sense, and Understand
At Microsoft’s Silicon Valley Techfair, researchers showed how they’re taking the PC in a new direction, combining machine vision with a new independence so they may recognize and interpret what the PC sees and present that information in a useful context

PCWorld · 22 April 2014

Print a Working Paper Computer on an $80 Inkjet
Ink laced with silver nanoparticles could make it a reality, to the joy of hobbyists.

New Scientist · 3 October 2013

Microsoft's Gadgeteer Aims to Make Creating Gadgets as Simple as Building with Lego
Microsoft is hoping the 'Put tab A into slot B' simplicity of its Gadgeteer hardware platform will make it easier to build prototype gadgets.

ZDNet · 2 October 2013

Putting Your Work ID Badge to Work
An Interactive Belt-worn Badge with a Retractable String-based Input Mechanism, a note from Microsoft Research Cambridge accepted for CHI 2013, describes a computing prototype device designed to provide quick, easy access to useful information.

Inside Microsoft Research · 1 May 2013


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