Microsoft aims to get more on 'multitouch interface' at User Interface Software and Technology conference

Bill Gates may not be hanging around Microsoft's research labs 24/7, but his vision for going beyond the mouse and keyboard seems to be doing pretty well without his day-to-day oversight. At a user interface conference this week, the software maker plans to present several research papers, including a number designed to take the multitouch […]

Bill Gates may not be hanging around Microsoft's research labs 24/7, but his vision for going beyond the mouse and keyboard seems to be doing pretty well without his day-to-day oversight.

At a user interface conference this week, the software maker plans to present several research papers, including a number designed to take the multitouch interface used in Microsoft's Surface and expand it into new arenas.

Andy Wilson, one of the Microsoft researchers who helped create the Surface, is among those presenting at the User Interface Software and Technology conference, which is being held in Monterey, Calif. He is set to talk about how the same kind of physics engines used in 3D games could help make surface computing much more realistic.

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