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Microsoft meets Harry Potter

At an internal Microsoft Research science fair, the yearly Techfest, the folks from MSR Cambridge produced a clock that is surprisingly like that on the wall of the Weasley's home in the Harry Potter movies...

Microsoft clock:

Harry Potter clock:

I guess it only goes to show: any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic!


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Mar. 3rd, 2005 09:10 am (UTC)

I think that must be Abi Sellen's group. I interviewed her last year about their research into getting information into the home in effective ways; she wants small, subtle devices that are easy to use, in the same way a pen or a tap is.
Mar. 3rd, 2005 10:25 am (UTC)
Is Abi at M$oft these days? I guess if she'd worked on it at HP Labs, it would have icons for "Left", "Downsized" and "Retired to France"
Mar. 3rd, 2005 10:33 am (UTC)
snig ;-)
Maybe one for Got To Keep Laptop?

yes, she's doing a Grand Tour of research labs I think - Apple, Xerox, HP, MS... Richard Harper is on the same team
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Mar. 3rd, 2005 11:51 am (UTC)
And if things go seriously wrong, would you get a flue screen of death?
Mar. 3rd, 2005 12:25 pm (UTC)

May a thousand fanfic writers write your name into Hot Draco/Snap Action !
Mar. 3rd, 2005 12:57 pm (UTC)
Exploding snap, no doubt.
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