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Huppert congratulates Cambridge Xbox engineers on top award


Published: 29th June 2011.

Five Cambridge engineers, who won the UK’s most valuable engineering prize for their work on the Xbox 360 Kinect computer gaming machine, have been congratulated by the city’s MP, Julian Huppert.

The team, from Microsoft Research based on JJ Thompson Avenue, received the £50,000 MacRobert Award which is presented by The Royal Academy of Engineering.
Team Leader, Professor Andrew Blake, Research Scientist, Dr Jamie Shotton, Principal Research Scientist, Dr Andrew Fitzgibbon, Software Development Engineer, Mat Cook and Senior Research Software Development Engineer, Toby Sharp won the award for excellence in UK innovation.

Julian said: “This is a fantastic achievement and testament to the skill and expertise we have here in Cambridge. Once again, our talented engineers have led the global research and development market with a machine which has been bought by millions of computer gamers across the world. I am delighted to be able to congratulate them and wish them success for the future.”

Note to editors:

The Xbox 360 Kinect sold eight million copies within just two months of its launch date in November last year. 

Microsoft is planning to broaden the scope of Kinect to allow the control of computers and other machines at a distance by speech and gesture. Surgeons will be among the first users to benefit allow them to use a hands-free computer in the operating theatre.   

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