Getting in Touch With Andy Wilson

Another highlight of our visit with Microsoft Research was getting to know the man behind Microsoft SurfaceAndy Wilson. His office is full of adaptive interaction – a dream for people who love touch, pen, multi-touch, speech, and more.

I can’t share a lot of what he showed us, but this video demonstrating rough terrain, video object interaction with real objects shows quite nicely the kind of work he’s doing. Along those lines, this video of two people playing checkers just blew me away. Be sure to peruse the rest of his site for a lot nuggets.


I would love to be a fly on the wall just watching Ken Hinckley, Raman Sarin, and Andy Wilson work. It excites me tremendously to think about what lies ahead in the natural input / adaptive technologies we talk about frequently here.

By the way, you can check out the fruit of Andy’s work by checking out some of the AT&T stores where Surface is now deployed.