Microsoft Envisioning Center launched
Technology has undoubtedly crept into almost every part of our lives, and while it feels like we’re on the top of the mountain, we’re still very much at the bottom, with many more futuristic devices ready to improve our daily actions. In that spirit, Microsoft has unveiled its reimagined Envisioning Center, offering a hands-on look at what the future of business and personal lives have in store for us.
Microsoft expects thousands of visitors to the center each yer, where they can test out all of the technologies from interactive desks to a Kinect-enabled kitchen. The company says the space not only showcases futuristic technologies, it serves as a laboratory for Microsoft’s engineering teams.
“We want to excite customers about the direction we’re heading in and show that we are constantly thinking about new scenarios based on trends and real work in Microsoft Research and the business groups,” says Jonathan Cluts, director of Microsoft’s Strategic Prototyping team. “These scenarios are based on reality, not science fiction.”
“We don’t imagine that we’re predicting the future,” says Anton Andrews, director of Envisioning in Office Labs. “But it’s case of staying on the cutting edge of the conversation, and promoting that conversation.”[pl_carousel name="Microsoft's Envisioning Center"][pl_carouselimage first="yes" title="Envisioning Center" imageurl="http://2fm9xz2drvqemrbu.zippykid.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/1.jpg" ] The new Envisioning Center explores how technology will transform the way we live, work and play in the future. [/pl_carouselimage][pl_carouselimage title="Natural flow" imageurl="http://2fm9xz2drvqemrbu.zippykid.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/2.jpg"] Microsoft believes that working from anywhere will reach new levels of ease and sophistication. Create and move work freely across devices and displays using natural language, ink, touch and gesture.
[/pl_carouselimage] [pl_carouselimage title="Interactive workspaces" imageurl="http://2fm9xz2drvqemrbu.zippykid.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/3.jpg"] Interactive workspaces will let you bring your ideas to life naturally, easily connecting to the insights, information and expertise you need as you work.
[/pl_carouselimage] [pl_carouselimage title="Team collaboration" imageurl="http://2fm9xz2drvqemrbu.zippykid.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/4.jpg"] Workspaces that emphasize social activity help teams collaborate. Here, interactive whiteboards add smart assistance and remote participation to a brainstorming session.
[/pl_carouselimage] [pl_carouselimage title="Team problem solving" imageurl="http://2fm9xz2drvqemrbu.zippykid.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/5.jpg"] In the workplace of the future, team meetings move from presentation and action items to real-time problem solving and execution. Technology in this action room amplifies the team’s ability to visualize projects, simulate real-time outcomes and make rapid decisions.
[/pl_carouselimage] [pl_carouselimage title="Everyone can be a chef" imageurl="http://2fm9xz2drvqemrbu.zippykid.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/6.jpg"] In the future, you will be able to explore new cuisines with recipes that adapt to dietary needs, and even get help cooking and learn a few new tricks from your personal, digital chef.
[/pl_carouselimage] [pl_carouselimage title="Smart stovetop" imageurl="http://2fm9xz2drvqemrbu.zippykid.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/7.jpg"] Ecosystems of devices and sensors will work on your behalf, helping you without getting in your way.
[/pl_carouselimage] [pl_carouselimage title="Home entertainment" imageurl="http://2fm9xz2drvqemrbu.zippykid.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/8.jpg"] With a 4k display and smart lighting, your living room can naturally transform from a movie theater to an art gallery to a personal chat with loved ones who live many miles away.
[/pl_carouselimage] [pl_carouselimage title="Storytime with Grandma" imageurl="http://2fm9xz2drvqemrbu.zippykid.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/9.jpg"] In the home of the future you can stay connected with loved ones in new ways, like creating a storyworld with Grandma at bedtime.
[/pl_carouselimage] [pl_carouselimage title="Augmented retail" imageurl="http://2fm9xz2drvqemrbu.zippykid.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/10.jpg"] Retail in the future blends the best of online and brick-and-mortar to personalize your shopping experience on the fly. Experience augmented shopping and safely share information across public and private displays.