Microsoft shows off its Beijing research center

Microsoft opened its doors to its Beijing research center celebrating the division’s 15 year history in the region. In this video report, we’ll look at a few of the projects Microsoft showcased during its open house.

Among the projects we saw was one that employed a Kinect sensor to translate sign language. In another project, 3D graphic images on a screen were made more clear wherever the user was looking, as other areas were rendered in less detail with the idea of optimizing the GPU capabilities. A third project tracks facial expressions using a traditional webcam and was able to mimic those in an on screen character. And finally, using a smartphone, researchers took traditional haptic feedback and made it so that certain areas of the screen will have a sensation of friction; it could eventually help blind people use touchscreen devices.

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