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The path to virtual

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Computers understand us by taking in light,
soundwaves, touch and pressure.

Edison Labs facts

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Edison Labs facts

  • Surface Touch Cover: Pressure sensitivity, lightning-fast sampling and multi-touch make the cover work like a keyboard — even without any moving parts.

  • Surface: The original “Pixel Sense” multi-touch project started on the Edison Labs team. It’s not a stretch to say that this group invented the Surface.

  • MS Touch Mouse: They built the high-resolution scroll wheel, tilt wheel, optical tracking and the pointer ballistics algorithm for moving the mouse cursor.

  • ASG has three robotic arms (with six degrees of freedom), none of which you want to arm wrestle (they’re known as ‘the widow makers’).

  • Access to their computer vision lab is controlled by iris recognition technology built by the team.

  • They have an industrial embroidery sewing machine for the next generation of smart fabrics that they’re planning to introduce.

  • Team members were born in nine different countries and speak six languages.

  • There is a published fiction writer, a special forces soldier and a pro ping pong player on the team.

  • A fifth of the team ride their bikes to work every single day, rain or shine.

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Human-computer interaction

Computers understand us by taking in light,
soundwaves, touch and pressure.

  • Step 01

    Change how light travels in and out of computers

    01 Step

    Optics Researchers

    Design lenses and other equipment that utilize the properties of light

  • Step 02

    Find materials that better transmit light

    02 Step

    Material Scientists

    Discover and create new materials for lenses and displays

  • Step 03

    Locate and identify a signal — such as a human face

    03 Step

    Computer Vision Scientists

    Teach computers to see and filter necessary data via cameras

  • Step 04

    Recognize and understand human touch

    04 Step

    Touch and Pressure Researchers

    Read capacitive touch, pressure and distinguish one finger from multiple fingers

  • Step 05

    Turn light photons into digital signals

    05 Step

    Electrical Engineers

    Build circuits to convert what a computer sees into something it can understand

  • Step 06

    Make signal interpretation faster

    06 Step

    Parallel Computing Optimizers

    Leverage multicore computing to improve signal processing speed

  • Step 07

    Make computing faster

    07 Step

    Mechanical Engineers

    Innovate physical computers to better take in and produce data

  • Step 08

    Return data to humans in an understandable way

    08 Step

    Research Software Development Engineers

    Utilize sensors, displays and algorithms to interact with end users

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