I’ll admit it, I’m a big fan of Photosynth technology right from the day Microsoft revealed it. The Live Labs inside Microsoft which originally developed Photosynth is no more. However, Blaise Agüera y Arcas and a bunch of people of his team were still working on Photosynth. Even though the first generation Photosynth was cool, the consuming experience was not so smooth. Microsoft is fixing this issue in the upcoming Photosynth technology, but it comes with few constraints on how you take photos. “Where we sort of failed, I think, was that the panoramas never stitch,” Agüera y Arcas says. “When you hold the mobile phone to make the panorama, you never do a good enough job for the result to be useful for 3-D reconstruction … You can’t hold the camera still enough — you always end up with seams and things.” Rather than hammering away at this frustrating ...

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Microsoft Research today released Socl apps for iOS and Android devices along with Windows Phone devices. Socl offers a set of simple, fun “create experiences” that make it even easier to express and share ideas with people worldwide – from rich visual collages to short animated media and memes, there’s even more ways to create, collect and share stuff you love – on Socl, and other social networks. Description: Socl — pronounced social — lets you create, collect and share stuff you love. From rich visual collages to short animated media and memes, express yourself through posts that take seconds to create, collect and share on Socl, as well as Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter. Features • Create beautiful collages and funny memes in seconds. • Share your creations on Socl, as well as your other favorite social networks. • Create visual responses (“riffs”) to existing content. • Snap a ...

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  Microsoft today announced two new roles for their senior leaders Eric Rudder and Harry Shum. Eric Rudder who was heading Advanced Strategy & Research group will become Executive Vice President, Advanced Strategy and Harry Shum who was leading Bing engineering team will become Executive Vice President, Technology & Research. Both of them will report directly to Steve Ballmer starting mid-December. Read the full email below. From: Steve Ballmer To: Microsoft – All Employees Date: Nov. 13, 2013 Subject: New Roles for Eric Rudder and Harry Shum Today, I’m excited to announce new roles for Eric Rudder and Harry Shum. Eric will take on a newly created role as Executive Vice President, Advanced Strategy, and Harry will take on Eric’s current responsibilities as Executive Vice President, Technology & Research. Both Eric and Harry will report to me and both changes take effect in mid-December. Eric has led our Advanced Strategy ...

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We have seen many projects from Microsoft Research around Artificial Intelligence in the past. Today, Long Zheng posted a old video in which Eric Horvitz, the co-director of Microsoft Research Redmond and a distinguished scientist in the field of artificial intelligence at TEDxAustin spoke about Microsoft’s work in Artificial Intelligence. He spoke about Artificial Intelligence and machine learning, Distinguished Scientist and co-director at Microsoft Research, Eric Horvitz, shares the human side of advancing machine intelligence. An admitted advocate for empowering machines to perform more fluidly with us, he explains how computational systems will complement human cognition in order to anticipate our needs and help us prepare for inevitable surprises of all scale and size In nurturing and supportive ways. When Readwrite profiled Peter Lee, the corporate vice president for Microsoft Research, he spoke about MSR’s short term and long term goals. He said the following about Disruptive (Also Known As “Moon Shots”) work ...

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Microsoft Research today posted the above video which shows how Kinect’s sign language translation capabilities help the hearing and the deaf communicate. You can communicate between American sign language and Chinese sign language or potentially any sign languages to any other natural languages. Kinect detects the sign language and converts into natural spoken language. There is a avatar in the system to represent the hearing person doing the signing. It’s a proxy for the hearing person. It basically uses machine language and pattern recognition to achieve this results. This project has a huge potential. Watch the video above. Read more from http://research.microsoft.com/ ...

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  As expected, Microsoft is already exploring the ways to navigate Windows using Kinect gestures. Even though Kinect had a official Windows SDK for a longtime, Microsoft never showed off a way to navigate Windows using air gestures. Today, The Verge revealed that Microsoft Research is already exploring the potential use of it. In this project, you will be mounting a Kinect camera above a desk and it detects a number of gestures above and around a keyboard and mouse. Microsoft Researcher Abigail Sellen says the following, “What we don’t want here is Tom Cruise in minority report,” “What gestures are good at are being very casual, expressive. What they’re not good at is being precise. Touch is good at that, mouse pointer is good at that. We don’t need to do that with gestures.” “We’re not doing anything precise, and nothing that requires you to hold your hands up ...

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We heard about Microsoft’s IllumiRoom project back at CES and since then there were reports that Microsoft is planning to release it as a consumer device as part of Xbox offering in 2014. Speaking to Ausgamer, Albert Penello, head of product planning for Xbox One revealed that IllumiRoom is not coming anytime soon. “I wouldn’t expect you’ll see that,” Penello said. “It’s very, very cool tech but it’s, like, for a consumer, it requires projectors and things. It’s really super-neat if you’re in the lab and you’ve got Microsoft money and you could totally set up this awesome lab, but… we looked at it, but for an average customer it’s, like, thousands of dollars [for the set up].” Some info about IllumiRoom, IllumiRoom uses a Kinect for Windows camera and a projector to blur the lines between on-screen content and the environment we live in allowing us to combine our ...

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Microsoft Kinect is creating quite a revolution in the field of Natural User Interface. The low cost 3D depth camera like Kinect opens up infinite possibilities in our computing world. Sign language is the primary language for many deaf and hard-of-hearing people, but currently it is not possible for these people to interact with computers using their native language. Microsoft Research Asia has developed a system using Kinect which can detect sign languages used by these people and it works well. Here are some info on the project, Kinect, with its ability to provide depth information and color data simultaneously, makes it easier to track hand and body actions more accurately—and quickly. In this project—which is being shown during the DemoFest portion of Faculty Summit 2013, which brings more than 400 academic researchers to Microsoft headquarters to share insight into impactful research—the hand tracking leads to a process of 3-D motion-trajectory ...

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  Microsoft Research has released a new SDK/Framework called Lab of Things that supports their existing HomeOS project. Here is the description about HomeOS from Microsoft Research. To simplify the management of technology and to simplify the development of applications in the home, we are developing an “operating system” for the home. HomeOS provides a centralized, holistic control of devices in the home. It provides to users intuitive controls to manage their devices. It provided to developers high-level abstractions to orchestrate the devices in the home. HomeOS is coupled with a HomeStore through which users can easily add obtain applications that are compatible with devices in their homes and obtain any additional devices that are needed to enable desired applications. So what is Lab of Things (LoT) and how it is related to HomeOS? Lab of Things (LoT) is a flexible platform for experimental research that uses connected devices in homes. LoT enables easy interconnection ...

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Microsoft Research today released a new app called BLINK Cliplets for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. This new BLINK Cliplets app  lets you combine and loop static and dynamic elements from short video clips. The resulting Cliplets can range from artistic to ingenious to outlandish. Description: BLINK Cliplets lets you exercise your creative talents by layering static and dynamic visual elements. Create fun and surprising results that you can share with friends or the world. Import or record short videos, and choose which parts to animate and which parts to freeze. You can then share your cliplet on Facebook, Twitter, or BLINK.so.cl, or simply save it as an animated GIF or video file. Features: •- Record or import a video •- Use touch or mouse to create animated layers •- Share your cliplet on Facebook, Twitter, or BLINK.so.cl •- Export your cliplet as an animated GIF, MP4 video, or ...

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Microsoft today shared it vision for the future of computer technology involved in automotive industry. Microsoft called the “intelligent car” is a scenario in which telematics data can help improve both the driving experience and the design of the vehicle for the driver. Read the below description of their vision, It means a world in which the same information that is available to drivers today to improve fuel efficiency or vehicle maintenance – speed, braking, fuel consumption, tire pressure and environmental conditions – can be used by carmakers to evaluate day-to-day performance to improve design on next year’s model or even fine tune an engine “over the air” to improve fuel economy of the current model year. Carmakers will increasingly have the ability to provide iterative updates, much in the same way that computer software works today, that refresh the driving experience and extend compatibility to the latest consumer devices. ...

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Microsoft Research FUSE Labs today announced two new features that is part of the updated Socl social-information network. Here are the two new features: Collection Moderators Now, every collection has at least one moderator who comes from the Socl community. Moderators have the ability to edit the title, description and tags of a collection. Moderators may also remove inappropriate or off topic posts from a collection at their discretion. “Us” Collections With the addition of Collection Moderators, we are now offering a third type of Collection – “Us” Collections. Now you can invite others to moderate a collection with you; you can also decide if you would like that collection to be visible to everyone or only your co-contributors. Read more about it from the link below. Check out the features at http://www.so.cl/. Source: FUSE ...

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Microsoft is working on some cool telepresence projects which was revealed by their latest job listings. Microsoft was always criticized for not utilizing their R&D well enough to make them into marketable products. Microsoft is trying to change this scenario with the new startup labs which will be productizing ideas and code from Microsoft Research. Recently two new job listings revealed that a team is working on creating immersive telepresence products based on MSR inputs and current Microsoft communication products like Skype, Lync, etc, The Microsoft Mesa project is creating immersive telepresence products that will change the way remote workers experience and are experienced in meetings. Mesa offers an equal blend of software and hardware challenges so you will get a chance to work on unique technologies that are unlike any other part of Microsoft. We build on top of proven technologies like Lync and Skype, but also use new ...

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Craig Mundie, a senior adviser to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, showed off the company’s upcoming products in a talk at Yale University. In the lecture which is titled, “How Tomorrow’s Technologies Will Shape Your World,”  Mundie discussed Microsoft’s efforts to make human-technology interaction more natural and productive, and gave some sneak peek examples of  how the company is bringing such products to businesses and consumers. He added that over the next few years, Microsoft anticipates a shift from the current graphical user interface of  “pointing and clicking and typing” to a “natural user interface” of  “touch and other forms of human sense-like capabilities”. He also said that we’d really like a computer to be more like us, and through that, we want many more people to get computing capability. He emphasized that “There’s no reason to believe that in the future that any person who’s buying a television or a cellphone ...

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Microsoft Research FUSE Labs announced a significant update for its Socl information network. This spring update brings a new look and new features. The site now features improved site navigation, better post creation, featuring, private messages support and more. Read the full list below. - Simplified site navigation, including: create a post button discover (full site search and discovery) pinned menu for quick access to notifications, messages, setting, parties and about centered Socl logo to refresh the page single click access to your profile feed pivots between following and everyone - Collections and Interests merged into one concept collections curated by everyone (formerly Interests) collections curated by individuals, including private collections collection descriptions tags now done at the collection level rather than the post level and applied only by collection followers - Better post creation, featuring: drag and drop resize shuffle share to other social networks - Personal opportunity cards ...

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At sixth annual TechForum event, Microsoft demoed some of the advanced Kinect capabilities like accurate hand gesture recognition, etc,. Microsoft Kinect is already capable of detecting body movements and now Microsoft has improved them to make it recognize hand gestures such as opening and closing the palm. You can now use Windows 8 fully controlled by Kinect and it looks cool. Check out the video above. I guess these features will be part of  Kinect 2.0 which will be released along with Xbox vNext. Source: Microsoft Research   ...

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