From CNet News:
Microsoft Research has hired Bill Buxton, a designer known for his work in human-machine interfaces.
Buxton will work as a senior researcher for the software giant and focus on product design, particularly for so-called ubiquitous computing applications.
The growing number of handheld devices and embedded processors in cars and other items poses new design challenges, Buxton said Monday. For example, in the near future, a person’s watch, cell phone, car and shop window could all exchange information.
“In the best of worlds, this society of devices starts to complement one other and in their collective selves, let’s say, reduce the overall complexity that confronts you and me,” Buxton said.