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iPad owners: Microsoft wants to study your brain



If you own and use an iPad, live near the Redmond, WA area, and have a couple hours to spare, Microsoft wants you! Per a Facebook event posted by Microsoft User Research, Microsoft wants to get feedback from iPad users for purposes unknown. Perhaps for a new keyboard design.

Microsoft User Research is looking for iPad owners for an upcoming study to get feedback. This study will be two hours long and will take place on the Microsoft Redmond campus with a number of dates and times between Friday, July 16th and Wednesday, July 21st.

In appreciation for your time, each participant will be offered a Microsoft gratuity item.

If you are interested, please respond to the questions below to [email protected] with the subject line “iPad”:

• Name/Age
• Phone Number
• Job Title/Company
• Are you employed full time?
• Are you a student?
• Do you own an iPad?

I guess that ban they’ve tried to impose on non-Microsoft products has limited their ability to research rivals in-house. Look forward to seeing new tablet functionality based on their analysis and research of how other people use tablets.

Via TechCrunch



  1. Adam

    07/13/2010 at 6:26 am

    If the ‘gratuity item’ isn’t a Ken Hinckley bobble-head, then I don’t know why anyone would participate. Personally, I would settle for an autographed postcard from the AlpineInker… or the Codex prototype… or a reproduction.

    Since I don’t live in Seattle, I’ll leave my feedback here. I’m a graduate student. I own (and religiously use) an iPad- but I can’t (usably) take handwritten notes on it… sure, sure- Penultimate is a neat toy, but I need active digitization under a capacitive touch layer. Leave the 3G/cell connectivity bologna out of the device- I’ll tether (WiFi) it to my phone, so don’t hook me to another data plan. I need great (>12 hours) battery life. Let’s do an 8.5×11″ display with a minimal bezel (think ZuneHD- not ratio… but actual bezel size). Also, the device(s) should be recognizable (natively) as a wireless/network printer (if this makes sense to the development team then I have faith that everything else will fall into place).

    I know, I know. “Microsoft won’t compete with its partners by… hardware, etc.” Well you should!

    *Typed on my iPad (took me forever, because text entry sucks on the device)

    • Anonymous

      03/15/2011 at 1:45 pm

      If you think iPad typing is bad, try Android. The iPad is like the finest keyboard in comparison. I’m looking forward to webOS and their resizable keyboard.

  2. ChrisRS

    07/13/2010 at 9:22 am

    Interesting. They should have done this with TabletPC owners!

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