Google X made headlines this week, but Microsoft has been secretly building everything from social networks to projectors that turn a human body into a touch screen in their labs for years. Many people think of Microsoft as that old floppy disk company that broke Windows, but the company has been funding a number of futuristic research and development labs around the world since 1991. The products they're coming up lately with wouldn't be out of place in a Philip K. Dick novel -- too bad, you'll probably never be able to use most of them.

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