It’s very hard not to use your mouse at first, but this site really shows it can be done and after 30 seconds or so your used to it .. almost …
Quite a cool demo of a concept of the future desktop …
Why wasn’t I born a wizz kid ? Working at Microsoft Research on any Research department in a successful technolgy organsiation sure looks like a very nice place to work …. and play 😀
Plunk your digital camera down on a specially equipped table and all of the images stored within the camera are projected onto the surface. Get help from a remote colleague who projects a virtual image of her hands to point out corrections in a document. Look up what you did last week on your LifeBrowser. It may all sound futuristic, but Microsoft Research said it’s running all these applications for real.
Sure you’d think Robert Scoble is biased because Microsoft is his former employer … nevertheless some cool insights in MS Research’s activities. During a recent training week back in February we’ve had a keynote of about an hour from MS Research with also extremely cool demo’s … sometimes I wish I was a genius 🙂
… Kevin is the guy responsible for moving technology from Research into the product teams, so he seems to know everyone working on Research and what’s cool about it. This is the first tape. It’s about an hour long, but you’ll meet some really great technologists who are doing some eye popping research. If you can’t handle the long version (a second one will come up in a few days) we’ve picked a few of the cooler parts and will put those out shortly.
What will you see?
- 2:11: VIBE group shows off synchronizing via mobile phone research
- 10:09: Andy Wilson shows off a cool set of apps that use video cameras in a new way (don’t miss this, it rocks!)
- 19:50: Daniel Robbins shows off a new “tap UI” for phones.
- 23:35: Matt Uyttendaele shows off HUGE (4 gigapixel or so) photos with a killer “tiling” system that displays them wicked fast.
- 29:52: Linking the real world to the Web with pictures (killer camera phone research).
- 34:04: Speech recognition for podcasts.
- 36:50: Frank Seide shows video exploration and discovery for Media Center PCs.
- 45:31: Richard Harper demonstrates a bunch of hardware concepts and trials for home users.
- 52:00: Vibhore Goyal shows using SMS to blogging and research in India.
- 54:25: Rajesh Veeraraghavan is doing research with farmers in India to find better education systems for them.
If you only want to watch one thing, don’t miss Andy Wilson. His stuff is so freaking cool. His demos are in this short video. …
Cool stuff by MS Research. Last week I saw some very nice presentations by our head of research. These people do awesome stuff 🙂
Mobile sensor-driven applications moved a step closer to reality in late December, when Microsoft announced the availability of so-called “research prototype” technology for the Windows Mobile platform. The AURA (Advanced User Research Annotation) System is a dispatch loop manager for mobile devices that can work with a variety of sensors to collect data.
Photosynth is a collaboration between Microsoft and the University of Washington based on the groundbreaking research of Noah Snavely (UW), Steve Seitz (UW), and Richard Szeliski (Microsoft Research).
Photosynth takes a large collection of photos of a place or object, analyzes them for similarities, and displays them in a reconstructed 3-Dimensional space. With Photosynth you can:
- walk or fly through a scene to see photos from any angle;
- seamlessly zoom in or out of a photograph even if it’s gigapixels in size;
- see where pictures were taken in relation to one another;
- find similar photos to the one you’re currently viewing;
- explore a custom tour or see where you’ve been; or
- send a collection to a friend.
For futher information and to view a demonstration video visit the Photosynth web site.
I have seen Photosynth in action at our annual gathering last month. This is beyond cool (subzero as the guys from topgear say). Have a look at the site and the video on there … Imagine this becoming a Windows Live service …
Erg handig voor files, snelheidscontroles, beschikbare parkeerplaatsen, enz …
Onderzoekers bij Microsoft werken aan een nieuwe technologie waarmee gebruikers via het internet routekaarten kunnen raadplegen die tevens actuele informatie geven over bijvoorbeeld benzineprijzen, verkeersdrukte en wachttijden in restaurants.
I like the Starbucksfinder 🙂 The only issue is there is only a handful in The Netherlands 🙁 (starBucks’ I mean)
Microsoft researchers including Andy Wilson and Larry Zitnick demonstrate their latest research innovations during Microsoft Research’s annual TechFest event. Wilson demonstrated his EigenMirror project, a conceptual art piece that analyzes an image and then displays similarly dressed or appearing people. Zitnick showcased his Recognizing Images project, which automatically can query the Internet through visual recognition for results of an object a user has digitally photographed.
“reading” email with your feet 🙂 ?
Annual showcase of emerging technologies includes a prototype that creates a more dynamic and compelling way to interact with a computer using foot controls.
[Via Peter O’Kelly’s Reality Check] has a nice short clipping on MS Research. Unfortunatly Peter quotes a lot of articles that require subscriptions, so you have to do ot with this, except opcourse if you are one of the few lucky people that have a subscription 😉
Rick Rashid: Microsoft’s Right Brain: “Responding to critics who carp that Microsoft just copies others’ best work, Rashid can reel off dozens of strides his team has made — like the grammar checker in Microsoft Office, and ClearType, a display technology that produces crisper text resolution in Windows XP. Researchers also came up with spam filters that block unwanted e-mails in MSN Hotmail, a free feature that stops 3.2 billion messages a day. The steady anti-Microsoft harping is ‘one of those things where people don’t think it through,’ Rashid says.”