Gallery: What's brewing inside Microsoft Research?

Microsoft Research recently opened the doors to its research and development facility in Cambridge and went along to take a look at the technology being worked on - from augmented reality and Microsoft's Surface technology, to making disk drives more efficient.

The picture above shows technology from the Core Tools for Augmented Reality project which is aimed at adding visual information to real-world surroundings.

The screen on the camera shows information about the building that it's facing such as its address and the businesses that are inside.

But ZDNet UK's Rupert Goodwins questions whether the money for Microsoft research is being well spent - and ZDNet's Larry Dignan provides analysis.

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