VIBE (Visualization and Interaction for Business and Entertainment) is an initiative from Microsoft Research for developing new ideas to enhance the human/computer interface.
From the site, “Todayâ€™s computer user is inundated with information, and making sense of this growing mountain of material is becoming an overwhelming task. We believe that more powerful methods for presenting the information users need to make sense out of can greatly reduce cognitive load. Also, by exploring elegant, subtle, peripheral awareness techniques, we strive to preserve the userâ€™s task flow and minimize interruption.”
You will find lots of good information here. I am sure with such research Microsoft will bring new ideas soon into new products which will benefit all of us.
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