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The Scope application from Microsoft Research is designed to summarize a variety of notifications into a glanceable visualization tool. Figure 41-1 and Plate 14 show a sample of the interface. Notifications are grouped into alerts, calendar items, tasks, and inbox items such as emails. Objects near the center of the scope are the higher priority items. The notifications can be prioritized by using the Microsoft notification platform and priorities system. These systems apply artificial intelligence techniques to determine the relative priority of one task over another. Users can select and zoom in on notifications by using the Scope and drill down into them in order to gain more details. As we adapt our work habits around computing, research projects such as Scope have the potential to help regain some of the time and attention spent in switching between various activities and making decisions about priorities.

Figure 41-1. The Scope Glanceable Notification Summarizer from Microsoft Research (Source: Microsoft).



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