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Jeff Han won’t be exploring the future of user interfaces at Microsoft

The computer scientist first gained fame for a mind-blowing TED talk, then formed a touch-screen computing startup called Perceptive Pixel, which he sold to Microsoft. His team then created the Surface Hub, an ambitious, Windows-powered conference room computer, which I wrote about a year ago. But now Han—along with a bunch of other Microsoft employees—has … Continue reading “Jeff Han won’t be exploring the future of user interfaces at Microsoft”

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The computer scientist first gained fame for a mind-blowing TED talk, then formed a touch-screen computing startup called Perceptive Pixel, which he sold to Microsoft. His team then created the Surface Hub, an ambitious, Windows-powered conference room computer, which I wrote about a year ago.

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But now Han—along with a bunch of other Microsoft employees—has left to form a company called PerceptiveIO. As ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley reports, details on the new startup’s plans are scarce, but they involve hardware, software, and new approaches to man-machine interaction. Which certainly sounds like Han.

Since I wrote about Surface Hub, Microsoft delayed the device and raised its price. It’s now shipping, but apparently remains a version 1.0 sort of product. It’ll be interesting to see how it evolves, especially now that its creator won’t shape its future.

For old times’ sake, here’s a photo I took of Han admiring a Surface Hub in the factory Microsoft built outside Portland to produce the gadget. 

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Harry McCracken is the technology editor for Fast Company, based in San Francisco. In past lives, he was editor at large for Time magazine, founder and editor of Technologizer, and editor of PC World.

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