Outlining three major projects in the forefront of their latest research, Microsoft has committed significant resources across the globe to analyze and develop virtual reality computer interfaces using hand tracking, haptic feeedback, and gesture-based input. Located in Cambridge, UK, Redmond, Washington, and Israel, each of the three labs focus on three main aspects of the technology. Handpose, the Cambridge lab research project will translate real-time user hand movements into virtual versions mimicking human hands. The Washington lab is experimenting with multiple context-sensitive commands within a virtual world environment, and Microsoft’s Advanced Technologies Lab in Israel aims to help developers incorporate hand gestures into their apps and programs. The research teams believe that everyday tasks, in addition to gaming and web browsing, will one day be impacted by their gesture-based computer interface technology.