Steven Bathiche is a Distinguished Scientist in Microsoft Corp.'s Applied Sciences Group, which he helped establish. He has been doing applied research at Microsoft since 1999 and was the inventor of a number of Microsoft features and products, including the SideWinder Freestyle Pro game pad, the first commercial gaming device to use accelerometers. He oversaw a complete redesign of the pointer ballistics algorithm that has been shipping in Windows since XP, and he invented the new laser tracking technology in Microsoft pointing devices. He also is the co-inventor of Microsoft Surface.
Bathiche's interests are in creating novel human interfaces and computer form factors that create new scenarios and user paradigms to ultimately affect people's lives and their digital world. His current technical focus is in the field of co-locating display and sensing technologies. He holds 45 patents.
Bathiche obtained his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master's degree in Bioengineering from the University of Washington. While in graduate school, he developed the Mothmobile, a hybrid robot that uses an insect as its control system via a neural electrical interface.