Introduced by Rick Stengel, Managing Editor, TIME, Steven Bathiche, Dir. of Research, Applied Sciences Group, Microsoft, shares a creativity tech demo.
Steven Bathiche has been doing applied research at Microsoft since 1999. Mr. Bathiche’s interests are in creating novel human machine interfaces, technologies, and computer form factors that embed themselves in the daily life of people to better the way they work, play, and communicate. He established the Applied Sciences Group, a 20 person interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers focused on developing an innovation pipeline for Microsoft products and experiences. Recent notable contributions include algorithms for Microsoft’s Kinect, Pixel Sense technology for Surface Table 2.0, Anti-ghosting technology for Sidewinder X4 keyboard, Microsoft’s Multi-Touch Mouse, and most recently technologies for Surface RT, Pro, and TouchCover accessories.
In the past, he has invented a number of shipping Microsoft features and products; pointer ballistics algorithm that has been shipping in Windows since XP; the new laser tracking technology in Microsoft’s navigation devices; the first Surface Table Computer and its mixed reality interactions; and, the SideWinder Freestyle Pro game pad: the first commercial gaming device to use accelerometers for gesture input.
During his tenure at Microsoft he has given featured talks and keynote addresses in conferences such as TTi, IDC, SID, Thinking Digital, and a number of universities and research institutions. He has been featured in a number of publications such as Wired, New York Times, Playboy Magazine, Discover Magazine, Computer Power User, Popular Mechanics, and other publications. Mr. Bathiche’s interests are in creating novel human machine interfaces, technologies, and computer form factors that embed themselves in the daily life of people to better the way they work, play, and communicate.
Mr. Bathiche obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master’s degree in Bioengineering from the University of Washington. While in graduate school he developed the Mothmobile, the infamous hybrid robot that uses an insect as its control system via a neural electrical interface. He holds 56 patents.
Richard Stengel is the managing editor of TIME, which has 50 million readers worldwide. He oversees the domestic, international and tablet editions of the magazine, TIME.com, mobile and TIME for Kids. He was named TIME’s 16th managing editor on May 17, 2006.
Among his other notable achievements, Mr. Stengel collaborated with Nelson Mandela on Mandela’s best-selling 1993 autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, and later served as co-producer of the 1996 Oscar-nominated documentary Mandela.
Under Mr. Stengel, TIME has received numerous awards, including Magazine of the Year from the American Society of Magazine Editors in 2012. The award, the industry’s top honor, recognizes excellence both in print and on digital platforms.
In addition to his work on Long Walk to Freedom, Mr. Stengel has written several books, including Mandela’s Way; January Sun: One Day, Three Lives, A South African Town; and You’re Too Kind: A Brief History of Flattery. He is a member of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism’s Board of Advisers and the board of trustees of City Year, an organization that promotes national service.
Mr. Stengel has a long history with TIME, having served as the magazine’s national and culture editor as well as the editor of TIME.com. Most recently, he interviewed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and has traveled in the Middle East with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. As a senior writer and essayist, he covered the 1988 and 1996 presidential campaigns.
Mr. Stengel has also written for the New Yorker, the New Republic and The New York Times. In 1998 he taught a course at Princeton called Politics and the Press before moving on to a very different arena in 1999 as a senior adviser and chief speechwriter for presidential candidate Bill Bradley.
Previously, Mr. Stengel was president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, a museum, education center and think tank on Independence Mall in Philadelphia.
Mr. Stengel graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University in 1977 and played on its 1975 National Invitation Tournament–winning basketball team. As a Rhodes scholar he studied English and history at Christ Church, Oxford. A native New Yorker, Mr. Stengel is married to Mary Pfaff. They have two sons.