Review Category : Research

OmniTouch allows interactive multitouch applications  on any everyday surfaces, whether its a wall or a notepad or even hands, arms or legs!  In addition to the projection system being depth-sensing, there is no instrumentation of the user or environment, allowing it to be used by anyone in any environment with no hassle. Furthermore, a wide variety of interactions are enabled- so you can ‘click’ or hover your fingers over the interactive area to command the OmniTouch.  The technology is being developed by Microsoft Researcher Andrew Wilson who will be demonstrating it live during the Verge Show (as shown below). It is clear that the technology needs much miniaturisation, but with smartphone based Pico projectors one can imagine this interface could eventually find some application in the real world. Via research.microsoft.com ...

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We have seen many interesting projects from Microsoft Research in the past, here is an another interesting now. Microsoft Research is working on creating large scale displays. If you want to create a giant HD display, it costs more and its complex to build. For example,  The 2,160-inch HD screen at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, cost $40 million and it has 30 million LED lights at 18 dots per inch involving multiple displays , each controlled by a separate PC. Microsoft’s vX solution involves 15 flatscreen displays with its own unique set of electronics and controlled by one PC. And it features 72 million pixels at 100 dots per inch so that you can enjoy the clarity of the picture even when you go near it. Microsoft Research is working on further scaling up this device tech. Here is the goal of the project, What would vX be used for? Blank and ...

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We have seen many interesting projects from Microsoft Research in the past and now you can add this project to the list as well. This is an interesting project which enables dual views in our normal LCD displays which we use everyday. This will enable new kind of scenarios where two person can share the same screen and enjoy different content. For example, two players can play games with their own views on the same screen. Read more on it from the link below. via: Microsoft.com/next ...

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Microsoft Research today announced the creation of its new Research Lab in New York City. This new lab will increase the research labs count to 13 at Microsoft. The new lab will be led by Jennifer Chayes, who becomes the managing director of both Microsoft Research New England, which she founded in July 2008, and Microsoft Research New York City. The lab will start with 15 researchers initially with 3 following founding members who are from Yahoo Research, David Pennock, who conducts research at the intersection of computer science and economics, is past chair of the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Electronic Commerce, the academic organization dedicated to topics in that area. Pennock will serve as assistant managing director of the new lab. Duncan Watts, a former full professor of sociology at Columbia University and a pioneer of modern network science, focuses on computational and experimental social ...

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Beamatron is a new research project from Microsoft in which virtual objects are projected in physical world.  It’s augmented reality concept that combines a projector and Kinect sensor on a pan tilt moving head – of the kind you may find in a nightclub. The setup utilizes KinectFusion to build a 3D model of a space and enables projected graphics to react in physically appropriate ways. For example, you can project a ball rolling over a surface or car driving over various surfaces on the floor, etc,.. Read more on this in the link below. via: Microsoft.com/next ...

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Microsoft Research today releases a desktop app that lets you create a new type of imagery called “Cliplets”. A still photograph is a limited format for capturing moments that span an interval of time. Video is the traditional method for recording durations of time, but the subjective “moment” that one desires to capture is often lost in the chaos of shaky camerawork, irrelevant background clutter, and noise that dominates most casually recorded video clips. Microsoft Research Cliplets is an interactive app that uses semi-automated methods to give users the power to create “cliplets”—a type of imagery that sits between stills and video from handheld videos. The tool provides a creative lens one can use to focus on important aspects of a moment by performing spatiotemporal compositing and editing on a video-clip input. Download it here. via: Microsoft.com/next   ...

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Microsoft Research is continuing its efforts into Natural User Interaction space. The latest project they demoed is a Interactive Wearable Multi-touch Projector. The project is in its early stage, but you can see the potential from the video above. People can project their computing interfaces over any surface and start interacting with it. Microsoft Research has done similar projects in the past with the name of wearable computing. Read more on this at Microsoft.com/next ...

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After Holoflector & 3D Desktop, its Illumishare now. Illumishare from Microsoft Research is what our future of communications should be. Illumishare allows us to share a physical physical or digital objects with others. How it does it ? IllumiShare uses a camera-projector pair where the camera captures video of the local workspace and sends it to the remote space and the projector projects video of the remote workspace onto the local space. With IllumiShare people can sketch together using real ink and paper, remote meeting attendees can interact with conference room whiteboards, and children can have remote play dates in which they play with real toys. Watch the video above and get blown away. Read more at Microsoft.com/next ...

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Microsoft Research is back in full form with its futuristic demos. After the Holoflector demo, Microsoft at its annual TechForum conference demoed its work on a concept similar to 3D Desktop. It has the ability to manipulate objects that lie behind the transparent screen – as well as objects on the screen with something called “view-dependent, depth-corrected gaze”. I don’t think I will be able to explain the whole concept in a clear way, just watch the video above. Amazing stuff ! via: Microsoft/Next ...

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Doubloon Dash is the second Facebook game designed and developed by Microsoft Research. The aim of the project is  to study how people participate in all-pay auctions. All-pay auctions are a particular kind of bidding mechanism in which all the participants have to pay the amount they bid no matter if they win the auction or not. The first Facebook game by MSR called Project Waterloo is already available for public. Read more on the games here and here. via: All About Microsoft ...

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Yesterday, Microsoft Research FUSE Labs tooks the wraps of its new project called Socl (So.cl). This is not anything to do with other social networks like Facebook, etc,. Its a research project focused on students (for now) to improve their collaboration among others. This is something like a place where Search meets Social or Social meets Search. The core part of it is to reimagine how our everyday communication and learning tools can be improved, by researching, learning and sharing in their everyday lives. I tried this service for almost 24 hours and it seems to be great fun. You would love to use it and explore what others are searching for. Signup for an invite at So.cl. ...

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Microsoft today took the wraps off its social network research project that focuses on Students.  So.cl (pronounced “social”) is an experimental research project, developed by Microsoft’s FUSE Labs, focused on exploring the possibilities of social search for the purpose of learning. So.cl combines social networking and search, to help people find and share interesting web pages in the way students do when they work together. So.cl helps you create rich posts, by assembling montages of visual web content. To encourage interaction and collaboration, So.cl provides rich media sharing, and real time sharing of videos via “video parties.” We expect students to continue using products such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other existing social networks, as well as Bing, Google and other search tools. We hope to encourage students to reimagine how our everyday communication and learning tools can be improved, by researching, learning and sharing in their everyday lives. You ...

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Microsoft has registered the domain name so.cl which will most probably act as the URL shortening domain for its upcoming social network research project Socl.com. Socl.com is a new internal project from Microsoft Fuse Labs which blends Search and Social. The Verge revealed some screenshots of the project few months ago and Microsoft then announced that the service may launch as a private invite only beta. via: Fusible ...

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Few months ago we came to know that Microsoft Research is developing a social network called Socl.com. The domain became public and later removed by Microsoft. And now The Verge has got its hands on the Microsoft Research’s Socl.com. Its a combination of social, search and collaboration. It has similar design as Facebook with the addition of tagging. You can read more on this in detail at The Verge. ...

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Steven Bathiche, Microsoft – Thinking Digital 2011 from Codeworks Ltd on Vimeo. Its a 6 month old video, but still it shows the whole summary of things Microsoft Research is working on to make their future vision happen in real world. We have seen the Future vision video from Office labs and even the new one from them. Microsoft is already working on number of concepts that were shown on the video and Steven shows some of them. Its a 30min long video, I think its worth watching it on this boring Sunday ! ! ! Video from http://www.thinkingdigital.co.uk/ ...

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View this video as a WMV Last week Microsoft released the Future Productivity vision video to the Internet. It created lots of buzz and discussions over our computing future. Today Microsoft released a new video showing where our current tools stands compared to that of the future. The video certainly is cool, but I wanted to see where today’s technology is laying the foundation for this vision. I talked with the creators of video, looked at their data, and generally peeked behind the curtain. Here’s my video connecting the dots between the tools of today and the visions for tomorrow. Below the video, you can find links on how to get your hands on these tools now. Source: Office Blog ...

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