Mary Jo Foley over at her ZDnet blog, All About Microsoft, has the latest to do with an ongoing project at Microsoft Research called Menlo. This is a continuation of her earlier look behind the scenes regarding the project but this time we get to have a look at the Menlo prototype.
Menlo apparently is a project that is investigating new mobile operating systems for which they have also released one of the research papers to do with the project. Titled “User Experiences with Activity-Based Navigation on Mobile Devices” it gives us a snapshot quote about Menlo
Menlo is a prototype mobile device with a capacitive touch screen (4.1‖ diagonal, 800×480) running Microsoft Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2 which incorporates a Bosch BMA150 3-axis accelerometer and Bosch BMP085 digital pressure sensor (barometer).
Also included is the image that you see above and sporting a new Microsoft Research Silverlight application, codenamed Greenfield, which is a sensor-centric program that apparently will let users retrace their steps as t hey try to find out where they parked their car.
Setting the silliness of the application aside it is nice to see that Microsoft is not going to rest on its Windows Phone 7 laurels and good press to date.