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Microsoft Shares 'Productivity Future Vision' Video

In its latest forward-looking video, Microsoft shows how the future of productivity is bendable, wearable, and holographic.

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Microsoft has released its latest concept video, "Productivity Future Vision," to demonstrate how it believes technologies will evolve over the coming years.    

According to the video, Microsoft's perception of the future of productivity relies heavily on mobile and holographic technology. Plenty of super-thin tablet devices appear throughout the video, and people are shown wearing earpieces multiple times. 

Digital displays are everywhere. A scuba diver learns about marine wildlife via holography; another woman swipes through pages on a flexible thin-screen tablet that could potentially draw from Microsoft's research on bendable devices.

In addition to smaller handheld products, Microsoft places plenty of focus on large-screen displays. One woman interacts with a glass wall-length touchscreen display in her office and later communicates via video chat on a screen of the same size.

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Scientists interact with a massive touchscreen smartboard, manipulating images and text, then conferring with a holographic figure onscreen. They later conduct research using 3D holograms. Both the larger screens and holography seem to evolve from the productivity-focused Surface Hub and Windows HoloLens that debuted during the Windows 10 press event in Redmond.

Regardless of size, it seems like all screens of the future will support digital pen technology. There's even a short clip of a woman tapping a cylinder to seemingly "fill" her pen with digital ink. Perhaps this technology will be the product of Microsoft's reported acquisition of digital pen maker N-trig?

One interesting star of Microsoft's show is the digital cuff that appears around 3:19. Though worn on the wrist, it seems less like a smartwatch and more like Internet-connected jewelry. Its wearer uses the cuff to accept notifications, receive directions, and scan for entry into a building. The wearer then unfolds it for use as a remote control.

Take a look at the other new technologies in Microsoft's video below:

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3/30/2015 | 1:49:15 PM
Re: Bendable
@ashu001- Well, scale obviously only works with products with mass appeal for a long time. I think it would work with a foldable phone, but it is possible most people wouldn't see the value. I don't know. The disadvantage to a foldable phone is that it is probably much easier to lose. Maybe that would be too big a problem to overcome.
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David Wagner,
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3/23/2015 | 5:53:32 PM
Re: Bendable
@ashu001- I think the problem isn't making one, but learning how to do it at an affordable cost. That seems to be the harder part. Seems like getting the cost down is always the longer and harder part of consumer tech.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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3/2/2015 | 3:51:20 PM
Re: Bendable
@ashu001- Several companies are working on it. It won't be long now. I'm guessing 5 years until we see one and 10 until we all have one. 15 ot 20 until they're full color and perfect though. 
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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2/27/2015 | 11:42:51 PM
Large Screens
So the large screens confuse me though. Because it seems like large screens would compete with their holograms. Do they see large screens as the bridge to holograms or do they see them as living side by side with them? Because ot me, once i have holograms, the only time I need screens are when I don't feel like weairn ghte helmet.
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David Wagner,
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2/27/2015 | 11:41:27 PM
Bendable
Bendable is where it is at. I've been covering the potential of bendable and stretchable mobile devices for a few years. I'm convinced that when we had a phone we can scrunch up into our pocketets or stretch out like a newspaper and never break or tear it, I will be able to jsut quit there. I won't need a new computer or implants or the latest thing. That will good enough to declare myself an old man and not learn about any new technology. :)
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