Microsoft always predicts the technology future correct than any other technology company. They did it in the past with PC revolution, tablets, smartphones, smart watches, interactive live TV, and even smart homes. The above video is the Microsoft’s vision of the future smart home released in the 90’s. As you can see, there are lots of things you saw in the video is now available in the market. Yet, there is no Smart home solution that works in a integrated way as Microsoft’s predicted. Hopefully, Microsoft will be able to deliver this Smart home platform before anyone else. Even though Microsoft entered smartphone, smart watch and tablet industries before anyone else in the industry, Microsoft is now trailing. I really hope Microsoft does not miss yet another opportunity. What do you think? ...

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We all often use a whiteboard at work with a marker in our hands. Have you ever thought of having a huge digital whiteboard which can recognize you, respond to your gestures, etc,.? Microsoft Research project ViiBoard uses vision techniques to significantly enhance the user experience on large touch displays (e.g. Microsoft Perceptive Pixel) in two areas: human computer interaction and immersive remote collaboration. ViiBoard is a system for remote collaboration through a digital whiteboard (PPI) that gives participants an immersive, 3-D experience with enhanced touch capability. ViiBoard emulates writing side by side on a physical whiteboard or, alternatively, on a mirror, through 3-D processing of depth images and life-sized rendering. Additional vision techniques, such as hand-gesture recognition, are integrated to understand users’ intentions before they touch the board, simplifying the interaction with a PPI, especially for content editing and presenting. Compared with standard video conferencing, the ViiBoard provides participants ...

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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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  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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