LAS VEGAS-Most people might not connect credit unions with advanced robotics research, but one Microsoft employee said lessons being learned in the field will be available soon to help CUs solve a variety of problems.

Industry consolidation has brought an increasing number of multi-state credit unions, including the still-pending marriage of Palo Alto, Calif.-based Addison Avenue FCU and Beaverton, Ore.-based First Tech CU, Beaverton, Ore. According to Mary Czerwinski, a research area manager of Microsoft's Visualization and Interaction Research Group, having people solving tasks from different offices makes collaboration much more difficult.

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