The Microsoft Asia Innovation Tour gave us the opportunity to look at what the Microsoft Asia Pacific R&D in Beijing had to offer. We saw several interesting facilities in the campus, and while we did not manage to get our hands on the highly-anticipated Microsoft HoloLens (we’re as disappointed as you are) it was definitely an interesting experience. Here are some of the highlights – in pictures, of course – of the Microsoft Asia Innovation Tour.
That’s not a regular Type Cover. It has been modified to provide a haptic feedback when it is typed on.
Using electrostatic, the black bar on the display can simulate a different texture than the white area. We might see this technology used in future devices.
Why hello there..
Fancy a round of virtual bowling with the Xbox One’s Kinect?
Microsoft’s vision of a smart home. Here’s a giant (and presumably very expensive) “notice board”.
And here’s a smart fridge..
…that allows you to order groceries straight from it. How cool is that?
Got a wine but don’t know anything about it? Just place it on the kitchen counter..
This is how future conferences can be held.
We were also given a tour of Microsoft Asia’s office, but no photography was allowed (so this will have to do).
As previously mentioned, we have seen several interesting startups from the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator programme. This one is TradeHero, a stock market simulation app.
This is Style AI. Just take a picture of something, and the relevant fashion info will come out.
Cogtu, on the other hand, embeds advertisements directly into images.
And finally, here’s the Ghost Drone, which can be controlled with a smartphone.
Until next time!