Review Category : Research

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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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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