The Best Tattoo Turns Your Body Into a Controller for Any Computer

Your next tattoo could also be used to control your computer. A new technology called DuoSkin, developed by MIT Media Lab and Microsoft Research, allows anyone to create customised gold metal leaf print tattoos that can be worn directly on the skin. The temporary tattoos can be used as touchpad inputs, display outputs, and wireless communication. Read More >>

Microsoft Made a Smartphone That Reacts Before You Even Touch It

The ultimate smart device does exactly what you want before you to tell it to. It sounds like an impossible expectation, but Microsoft brings us one step closer to that fantasy with a prototype smartphone that can detect and react to hover gestures before you even tap the screen. Read More >>

Mosquito-Sucking Drones Could Predict Outbreaks Before Anyone’s Sick

The idea that drones could provide medical care has been around practically as long as drones have existed. Microsoft is working on using drones for medical purposes, too — but long before people are ill. Read More >>

Microsoft Created an Android Wear Handwriting Keyboard

Smartwatches are still trying to answer a lot of questions, chief among them being, "What do people actually what to do with them?" Their small size means many platforms will need to be reimagined to fit their screens, and Microsoft Research is trying to tackle the most important one—texting. Read More >>

The Kinect Sensor Can Track Your Hands in Real-Time With Insane Precision

It may have started out as a way to let players physically interact with their games, but the Xbox 360's Kinect sensor has since developed a life of its own. Its clever combination of cameras and sensors have been embraced by hackers and researchers who've used it in countless projects, including Microsoft's own research division who've now found a way to use only the Kinect to perfectly track and mimic a highly articulated human hand. Read More >>

Microsoft Made a Better Stylus That Knows How You’re Holding It

Intelligent processing and more sensitive capacitive displays have allowed our fingers to replace the stylus that was once required for using a touchscreen — but not completely. Drawing and other artistic apps still benefit from the precision of a stylus, and Microsoft Research has come up with a way to make a digital pen far more useful by making it aware of how you're holding it. Read More >>

Microsoft’s Interactive Plastic is a Whole New Form of Digital Input

When Microsoft encourages its engineers to think outside the box, the results aren't always dead-ends like the Kin. In fact, the company's research division is now showing off an amazing thin transparent film called FlexSense that can sense deformations and allow us to interact with tablets and e-readers in fascinating new ways. Read More >>

Dimming Your Phone’s Screen Under Your Thumb Could Prolong Battery Life

It's a tough pill to swallow, but smartphones aren't getting any smaller. And since those larger displays are unfortunately putting more of a strain on battery life, Microsoft Research is proposing a clever trick that promises to extend your phone's usable hours by detecting and dimming parts of the display already obscured by the user's fingers. Read More >>

Microsoft DeLorean Kills Streaming Game Lag by Predicting Your Next Move

Streaming video games could be so great, if it wasn't for maddening lag time. Microsoft researchers have a solution in DeLorean, a "speculative execution system" that predicts what you'll do next and shows you the most likely result—before you've even mashed a single button. Read More >>

SurroundWeb: Microsoft’s Plan to Cloak Your Living Room With Internet

Your browser is in all your devices. Hell, you can even get it in your watch if you're down with that. And in the Microsoft world, its next destination is your living room wall. Read More >>

Can You Spot the Hidden Easter Eggs in This 20 Gigapixel Panoramic?

Multi-gigapixel panoramas are awesome. But Microsoft has made the concept even more fun with its 20 Gigapixel "ArtZoom," and has hidden a load of things for you to find. Read More >>

Oh Good, a Magical Internet Machine That Guesses Your Passwords

Got a super secure password? Maybe you shouldn't be so sure. Telepasswords can help you find out, and practically read your mind in the process. Read More >>

A Robotic Moving Touchscreen That Touches Back

Microsoft Research has come up with a clever way to let users actually feel what they're interacting with on a touchscreen. And it doesn't involve complex finger contraptions, or bulky gloves. Instead, the researchers simply installed the display on a robotic mount that moves in response to where and what is being touched, simulating an interaction with what's on-screen. Read More >>

Microsoft Is Developing a Digital Holodeck

We've been waiting for Star Trek-style Holodeck technology since, what, 1966? Microsoft Research has finally taken up the challenge and developed this—it's not quite a Holodeck, but it's tantalizingly close. Read More >>

The OmniTouch Makes Any Surface Interactive

For all the power and connectivity that modern mobile devices offer these days, why are we still typing on screens (or, God forbid, numerical pads) barely three fingers wide? A new wearable GUI system aims to turn any surface within arm's reach into an input device. Read More >>