NiCE (Natural user Interfaces for Collaborative Environments) was one out of 14 Austrian Research Studios starting  in October 2008. Over three years, we explored on novel large surfaces and new interaction techniques and embedded the into our daily-life environment (e.g. living room, conference room etc.). We primarily focused on new interaction methods and building new hardware. The research goal was to designdevelop, and evaluate natural user interfaces for collaborative environments that enable everyone, not just experts, to use our interactive systems. Thus, the focus was on creating natural systems and interfaces that increase users’ productivity.