Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer visited the Chicago Academy of Advanced Technology “Chi Tech” (as it’s called), and heard student presentations on the future of Natural User Interfaces (NUIs) in computing, such as gesture, touch, and voice recognition. Microsoft Technology Architect Kevin Gates (a lifelong Chicagoan) then showed NUI in action, performing a number of demos, including Microsoft Surface applications and newer technologies such as “LucidTouch,” a see-through mobile device (video embedded below).
Ballmer was also questioned by the students on issues ranging from his feelings about technology, to his educational background, to how it felt when Bill Gates hired him.
Ballmer closed out the event – much to the students’ surprise – by donating a Surface unit and 10 HP TouchSmart PCs to the academy. The donation will ultimately help the school prepare tomorrow’s future leaders for a career related to STEM-D (science, technology, engineering, math and design) education.