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New hardware enabling new user experiences

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Abstract: In this talk I will give an overview of recent research in the Microsoft Research Cambridge lab’s Sensors and Devices Group. I will cover projects such as SenseCam, a simple wearable camera which has spurred research in lifelogging and in supporting memory loss – e.g. for Alzheimer’s sufferers. I will also discuss Somniloquy, a platform enabling PCs to be put into power-saving modes more often without sacrificing functionality such as remote file transfers, by enabling them to “talk in their sleep”. I will describe Force Sensing, a way of augmenting mobile devices with pressure sensors to enable sensing of forces applied to the whole casing, e.g. twisting or bending actions, and interactions that this can enable. I will also show Second Light, a prototype surface computer which not only has an interactive surface, but which can also project images through the surface onto objects above it, and enable interaction above the surface.

Biography: James Scott is a researcher in the Sensors and Devices group at Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK. He joined Microsoft in January 2007. He previously spent four years as a researcher at Intel Research. His PhD, at the University of Cambridge, was supervised by Prof. Andy Hopper. His research interests span a wide range of topics in ubiquitous and pervasive computing, and include novel sensors and devices, mobile interaction, wireless and mobile networking, energy management, and security and privacy. He has authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications and has served on the PCs of leading international conferences such as UbiComp, MobiSys and Pervasive, and was recently PC chair for UbiComp 2008.

This talk is part of the Microsoft Research Summer School series.

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