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Sharing a Glimpse of the Future of Technology

May 21, 2013 | Posted by Microsoft Research Blog

Posted by Rob Knies

D.C. TechFair 2013

It’s not often that people get a chance to peek into the future, but that will be the case May 21 in Washington, D.C., when Microsoft Research hosts its biennial D.C. TechFair.

During an afternoon open house held at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in downtown Washington, customers, academia, and governmental officials will get an opportunity to explore the trends and technologies Microsoft Research expects to change the face of computing.

“At Microsoft, investing in research and development are top priorities as we continue to spark American innovation while creating the jobs and technologies of the future,” says Fred Humphries, Microsoft vice president of U.S. Government Affairs. “From pushing the boundaries of computing beyond the screen to helping make sense of large-scale data sets for scientific discoveries, we’re excited to share the latest innovations from Microsoft Research with the D.C. community at TechFair.”

World-class scientists from Microsoft Research will demonstrate how new discoveries in computer science and information technology are not only enhancing Microsoft products but also helping to overcome some of society’s biggest challenges.

Attendees of the TechFair will learn more about multiple ways researchers are tackling big-data problems to deliver powerful visual insights. Other research being shown encompasses projects that address challenges in education, health care, and the environment.

One of the research projects at the event literally brings a new dimension to the now-familiar touchscreen. Titled Actuated 3-D Display with Haptic Feedback, the project builds on the touch experience enabled on flat, 2-D surfaces by introducing pressure sensitivity to enable interaction of 3-D environments.

A second TechFair project, Microsoft Research New York City to develop a quantitative notion of what it means when something on social media “goes viral”—and enables visitors to explore how such incidents are diffused across the web.

Other demonstrations on display during the 2013 D.C. TechFair: