Interface Technologies That Have Not Yet Left the Lab

Johnny Lee (Google)
Design & UI
Location: New York East Level:
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Most consumers (and developers) only seen interface technologies that have made it into widely successful products: the mouse and keyboard, multi-touch, motion input, and basic speech recognition. However for every idea that has reached broad commercial success, there are hundreds of explorations that never left the lab. Both academic explorations and corporate research have generated a vast number of working prototypes that reimagine our relationship with computing. In many cases, these technologies stay in the lab due to economic constraints, competitive landscape, limited software support, business tunnel vision, or are simply ahead of thier time. In this talk, I will cover several examples of interface technology research that have not seen the light of day, but perhaps one day should.

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Johnny Lee


Johnny Lee has a PhD. in Human Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University exploring a wide range of technologies to enhance the way we interact with computing devices. As a researcher in Microsoft’s Applied Sciences, he became a core contributor to the development of Xbox Kinect, a controller-free motion gaming device, which sold over 8 million units in the first 60 days. His videos demonstrating how to create low-cost interactive whiteboards and 3D displays using a Nintendo Wii remote have accumulated over 15 million views on YouTube, and his talk at TED also remains one of thier most viewed. In 2008, Lee received recognition by MIT’s TR35.

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Crystal Butler
10/21/2011 4:14pm EDT

I missed the presentation as well; would love to see it made available for viewing. Thanks!

Isaac Castejon
10/12/2011 5:47pm EDT

Hi Jhonny,

Your talk today was fantastic. I was wondering if you could send me your presentation via email, (if it’s not too much trouble). My email is

Thank you for your help, hope to hear from you soon.

All the best, Isaac

Jose Salvador
10/12/2011 11:38am EDT

Johnny, I missed your talk this morning. Do you plan on making some slides available? Thanks much.

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