Split-screen interface for small business -- developed by MS Research in India as a purely software solution to help deflect the cost of business computing for small companies in developing nations.
Postcard - MMS enabled digital photo frame for pushing content from friends and family straight to a dedicated display device.
Shoebox - a digital photo "container" for displaying photos around the house.
Glancephone - lightweight phone interface for people to "glance" into each others' goings on. Oh yeah, and it runs on Symbian, ha!
A Lobster! Dunno why.
Grab and share - media interface for acquiring favorite clips from shows and movies, and quickly dropping them onto your phone for sharing with your friends.
The Grab and Share interface
Epigraph - common virtual space for family members to post things, including MMS / SMS messages, photos of themselves or where they're at, updates on what they're up to, etc.
Text2Paper - a "parent friendly" method for printing SMS notes from a spool to clear sticky labels.
Timemill - "digitally augmented mirror" that takes photos of whomever is standing before it, and frames them in leaves which float by chronologically depending on how you spin the wheel.
Text-It Notes - another system for sending (and receiving) SMS for the paper-inclined. Incoming SMS is printed to labels; outgoing messages are converted from written text and sent wirelessly via SMS.
A new home voicemail system for showing and categorizing incoming landline voicemail. Saved messages are dragged right into the bay, new messages bubble up to the top.
A new software-based method of broadcasting advertising and local information via WiFi beacon packets. The opt-in interface shows over-the-air messages and allows users to select which messages are displayed.
Some of those WiFiAds on a mobile client.
Location-based information, including finding open networks and nearby friends.
2D Touch Input for Mobile Devices - simple 2D surface-touch interface intended for mobile devices. Provides detailed tracking, lower power use (1 milliamp), and extremely low cost ($0.38 in quantity).
The Telescopic Pixel - a new, super-efficient micro "light valve" pixel array that looks much like an LCD, but is 10x+ more efficient and has a far faster refresh rate.
Some of those pixels in action.
Relaxed Internet Video Exploration and Discovery - kind of the software equivalent of the SlingCatcher, this system allows you to not only easily browse indexed internet video content, but also converts speech to metatext, and allows for searching for and skipping to keywords within video. Very, very nice.
Nice - speech-recognizing podcasting software prototype that makes for easy editing by deletion of words (like ums and uhs). The demo worked very well.
Personal Audio Space - Microsoft's software take on virtual surround sound, except with an extremely inexpensive array of low-end speakers.
Telescope rig-mounted DSLR for HD View photography.
Live now on Microsoft's Research site: HD View. Check it out here. Zooming in real-time on a streamed 3.5 gigapixel image is an entirely new experience.
Shift - using fat human fingers for stylus-based input; allows users to easily select and interact with even pixel-wide targets. A very smooth idea for, say, Google Maps on a mobile, where one needs precision selection without a stylus.
Lincoln - use your cameraphone to recognize any image and pull up metadata, reviews, and other user-created information.
Surface computing interface where a projector and camera were used in conjunction to have physical representations of virtual objects. Moving the objects on the table also moved them in the interface's corresponding virtual world.
SlamXR - exercise route-tracking and community sharing. Uses a GPS / bio interface for not only measuring performance, but for automatically determining what kind of workout you're having (i.e. biking, blading, skiing, etc.). Information is uploaded to your mobile phone, and then to the SlamXR site.
Prototype SlamXR module.
iPox - wearable bio system for monitoring heartbeat, movement, and other human metrics. Sorry, the screen got cracked -- but not by us. This time.
The heads of all MS R&D labs worldwide field questions from the press.