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Check out the demo that stole the show at Microsoft’s all-hands meeting

Yes, there was more to Microsoft’s(s msft) all-employees’ confab on Thursday than CEO Steve Ballmer’s teary farewell. An on-stage demo by a deaf Chinese woman showed how Microsoft technology — including natural language speech recognition, Bing, and the Kinect camera — when put together can translate sign language into Chinese and then to English.

This is just the sort of research-heavy demo geared to motivate the troops who typically toil away on more mundane projects like, new features for Windows and Office. And apparently it had the intended affect — It blew the audience away, said one attendee.

The event was not public and no video was made available, but here is an earlier version of the demo from July. Enjoy.

One Response to “Check out the demo that stole the show at Microsoft’s all-hands meeting”

  1. Adam Longaway

    Wow, amazing.

    Who wants to bet MS will sit on this tech until at least 3 other companies launch similar efforts in the real world. Then after that they’ll wait for a few years, you know, to give them a running start and then try to catch up.