Review Category : Research

After showcasing its Holodesk project, Microsoft Research has now showed its another cool project called Augmented Projectors. You can see the project in action in the above video and description below. Handheld projector systems have the potential to enable users to dynamically augment environments with digital graphics. Handheld projector systems have the potential to enable users to dynamically augment environments with digital graphics. We explore new parts of the design space for interacting using handheld projection in indoor spaces, in particular systems that are more "aware" of the environment in which they are used. This is defined broadly as either spatial awareness, where the projector system has a sense of its location and/or orientation; or geometry awareness, where the system has a sense of the geometry of the world around it, which can encompass the user‟s hands and body as well as objects, furniture and walls. Awareness like this can ...

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Microsoft Research is planning to launch a web service called Project Greenwich. The website helps users assemble and chronologically organize content about a person, event, or any other subject. The content can be photos, scanned objects, maps, web links, etc,. This project was developed by Microsoft Research Cambridge where it was originally named Timelines, but because of Facebook’s new product the researchers have changed its name. The website will be open to public in beta mode from October 31. You can find more about this project here. Image Credit: MSR ...

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  We have seen many of the demos of Natural User Interface projects that are going on at Microsoft through Microsoft Research. Today, Microsoft’s Official Blog posted a video showing their works related to NUI. Stevie Bathiche, head of Applied Sciences Group shows Surface 2.0, Andy Wilson of Microsoft Research shows us a project called LightSpace, and Curtis Wong shows the integration of Worldwide Telescope with Kinect and many more. Watch the video above and enjoy the future. via: Steve Clayton Enjoy this video too.. ...

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Today Microsoft Research is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. Since its inception from 1991, MSR centers across world have contributed technology to numerous products from Microsoft. Microsoft Research was also the backbone of various disruptive technologies such as Kinect, Surface, etc. Peter Lee, MD of Microsoft Research Lab at Redmond on Microsoft Research, “My view is that Microsoft Research, as illustrious and as successful as it’s been—and it’s been hyper-successful; the recruiting power is massive, the quality of the researchers and the engineers here is unparalleled, and their work finds its way into products such as Windows, Office, Bing, and Xbox—even with all of that, it has only now grown up. The best and most important ideas are still to come. “That’s not so surprising. If you look at some of the great industrial research labs, like Bell Labs, as successful as they were from the start, it wasn’t until the third decade that really ...

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Microsoft Research today posted information on project codenamed “Tiger” to develop next generation indexing platform for Bing based on SSD technology which improve overall efficiency and open doors for further improvements on Bing. Microsoft Research Asia and Bing’s engineering teams in China and the US collaborated to develop “Tiger,” the next-generation index serving platform for Bing. Index serving is the most critical infrastructure for any search engine. The new architecture in Tiger leverages emerging Solid State Disk (SSD) technology to improve overall efficiency and open doors for further improvements Source: Microsoft Research Video: Geekwire ...

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Today Microsoft Research announced their launch of their new Facebook game called Project Waterloo. This was not released in competition to Zynga or PopCap games instead it was created for research purposes. From MSR, The goal of this project is to build a platform for research in behavioural game theory on social networking sites which will enable experiments of unprecedented scale, resolution, interactivity and social embedding. We aim at testing the behaviour of real people in game theoretic interactions in social networks. How do people negotiate with one another? How can we aggregate opinions of individuals to arrive at high-quality decisions? In what ways do people reciprocate other people’s actions? Apart from the above goals, Microsoft Research is also planning to launch a Facebook game theory lab. Our next major goal in the project is establishing a “Facebook Game Theory Lab”. This is platform that would allow us to carry ...

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CAMERA NAVIGATION FOR PRESENTATIONS: Techniques for managing a presentation of information in a gesture-based system, where gestures are derived from a user’s body position or motion in the physical space, may enable a user to use gestures to control the manner in which the information is presented or to otherwise interact with the gesture-based system. A user may present information to an audience to an audience using gestures that control aspects of the system, or multiple users may work together using gestures to control aspects of the system. Thus, in an example embodiment, a single user can control the presentation of information to the audience via gestures. In another example embodiment, multiple participants can share control of the presentation via gestures captured by a capture device or otherwise interact with the system to control aspects of the presentation. GESTURE STYLE RECOGNITION AND REWARD Systems, methods and computer readable media are ...

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At the Cannes International Advertising Festival, Microsoft introduced its NUads, a new kind of experience for ads on Xbox LIVE. The NuAds features the following features, Social advocacy. A simple voice command such as “Xbox Tweet” gives the consumer the ability to share something about a brand with their friends. Request for information (RFI): Say “Xbox More,” and you can request additional information and/or a discount coupon to be sent directly to your email inbox. Near me: Say “Xbox Near Me” to locate a retailer near you, and receive a text message with the location. Schedule an event: “Xbox Schedule” sends you a calendar reminder about an upcoming show. Vote for your favorite: With just a wave of a hand, audiences can easily convey their preferences. For example, while watching a trailer for the Green Lantern movie, there would be a prompt asking: “which is your favorite villain?” or “Do ...

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Microsoft Research recently shared information on next generation search technology enabled by gestures. Currently, search in both PCs and mobile are enabled by typing the keyword or speaking through voice recognition. But Microsoft research has been working on gesture based search where a user will be drawing some gestures on the screen based on which search results will appear. A user draws two circles in the search window of a smartphone. In a moment, a bicycle and a bundle of apples appear on the screen, among other things with round shapes. This is Microsoft’s next-generation search technology called “gesture,” which enables automatic search of relevant information by drawing only; no word entry on a keyboard is necessary. Google’s Android platform have somewhat  similar application but that allows you to search only the contacts list by drawing the alphabet on the screen. Its also good to hear that this project is in ...

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Steven Bathiche from the Applied Sciences Group at Microsoft showed of some of the work Microsoft has been doing on the ultimate display at Thinking Digital  and appears to have had quite an impact in the audience there. The video above shows what he has been working on, which is both creating control services everywhere and turning screens into windows onto other worlds. Read more about the research at Microsoft here. ...

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Qi Lu, President of Online Services at Microsoft talked with Xconomy on wide range of matters right from his personal and career experience at Microsoft to future of web. Here are some key points from his long interview, “The Web has far outgrown its heritage. It’s a full-blown digital society.” On Local deals: Google is built around half a million businesses (advertisers), Groupon is built around “the next 10 million businesses trying to reach customers digitally.” Facebook is key to Microsoft’s future on web. People make decisions in “a digital version of the world” by the help from Facebook. Mobile is the next big oppurtunity to tap on. On his personal carreer, “For me personally, one thing I bring with me is a relentless quest for excellence. It may take time, it may take a long journey, but anything we decide to do, we will settle for nothing short of ...

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  Steve Clayton and Flora Goldthwaite give us an exclusive tour of The Microsoft Home. The Microsoft Home, located on the Redmond campus in the Executive Briefing Center, is an envisioning of the family home in the very near future where connected experiences and devices take their next logical steps and beyond. First opened in 1994, The Microsoft Home is maintained by a group of researchers under Microsoft’s Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Craig Mundie, and is updated regularly. Unfortunately The Microsoft Home is not open to the public but Channel 9 was given special permission to film a sneak-peak tour for this episode of Microsoft Campus Tours. Steve Clayton, the Microsoft Story teller will give us a walkthrough of Microsoft’s infrastructure in Redmond in the coming days. The above video is part of the new series of videos. Enjoy the video. ...

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Microsoft Research’s Image Composite Editor is one of the tools which I use often in my laptop. It creates panorama from huge photographs in seconds. The same technology was later integrated into Windows Live Photo Gallery. Now, the second version of ICE released is more cooler than ever. It lets you to create panorama from videos. Here is the announcement from their blog,   Stitching From Video The first is that ICE can now automatically stitch a panorama directly from video.  One fun use of video panoramas is “motion summaries,” like this result that ICE produced: In this video the photographer was panning the camera to follow the motion of the snowboarder.  I used ICE to indicate “Start” and “End” points, and I gave a few hints about which video frames were interesting. The motion tracking and final composition was then done automatically by ICE.  You can access this feature ...

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Microsoft Research has posted a video demonstrating their new real time face and pose recognition software. The OneVision technology indexes an entire movie frame by frame, tagging individuals along the way, and can cope with low resolution images at a distance, ideal for something like Kinect for example. The technology also works with multiple people in the frame, and I suspect it will not be long before it finds a place in the next Xbox Kinect game. Read more about it at Technet.com here. Via TheNextWeb.com ...

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MSR is working on a project which lets brands or companies to find the social news about them. Imagine you are owning a brand and you want to keep yourself updated with the public perception of your brand, then this MSR’s project will help you to do the same in single page. Description from Microsoft Research: Today if you wanted to find information about your company you would do a search, look at Twitter, find the Facebook page, check a financial site, and build a list of competitors and do it again for each. Once you’ve done all that work then you need to share the output. Of course the report is immediately out of date when all the data changes tomorrow. Social News Search for Companies identifies relevant content from real time news sources; and then provides rich collaborative tools for users Searchable social news pages for top companies ...

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