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  • Blog Post: TED2014–Virtual Reality in Space

    TED2014 30 year Celebration and Anniversary Vancouver, BC March 17 th – 21 st Last week the Microsoft Research WorldWide Telescope and the MIT EyeWire team were invited to present a Virtual Reality in Space experience exhibit – the demo that went from neurons to space in a vivid, 360 degree experience...
  • Blog Post: Fun with Cliplets–Video and Pics

    For some Friday fun, I was playing with Cliplets from Microsoft Research – it let’s you combine still shots and video to create pictures that have movement.  Below I took some video while at Stanford on my cellphone and ran created a cliplet just to test it out – works really easy. What Are Cliplets...
  • Blog Post: Layerscape WWT Workshop Tutorial

    I've created the first in a sequence of Layerscape tutorials as a Power Point deck. This is -- of course -- published at Layerscape and has garnered rave reviews. Well, one rave review anyway. Here's what it takes you through: Getting the tools installed on your PC Starting up the Excel Add...
  • Blog Post: AstroViz 2011 Workshop–June 4 & 5

    If you are a professional or student interested in visualizing astronomy data then you should not miss the Astro-Viz 2011 workshop. We invite participants who span a broad range of interests and expertise, including: visualization and graphics experts, illustrators/animators, planetarium developers and...
  • Blog Post: Happy 2nd Birthday WorldWide Telescope

    Today is the 2nd anniversary of the launch of WWT – congrats to Jonathan, Curtis, and the rest of the small team.  Besides the initial windows client (that lead to Scoble’s post - Microsoft researchers make me cry ) there is the web client (silverlight), a web control, and the Bing Map WWT addin...
  • Blog Post: Amazon Web Services support Sloan Digital Sky Survey DR6 Subset

    Now that AWS is supporting SDSS, there is probably useful integration between the Worldwide Telescope and the SDSS datasets that can be leveraged, beyond what is currently supported - such as seeing the all the known galaxies in a 3D view – seeing the lattice structure of the universe.  Search and...
  • Blog Post: TIME - WorldWideTelescope one of 50 Best Websites 2009

    TIME magazine has the WorldWide Telescope WebClient ( Silverlight ) on their list of 50 Best Websites for 2009.  That puts WWT in with sites like Flickr, Twitter, Skype, YouTube, Amazon, and even PhotoSynth – not bad for the very small team we have on it :-) WorldWideTelescope Like Google Earth...
  • Blog Post: “Cophenhagen” – a user experience concept video

    Just saw some of these great UI concept ideas by Cullen Dudas’ on istartedsomething and it’s a fun watch. Also – some some footage that shows off some of the previous Windows launches. Copenhagen User Experience from Copenhagen Concept on Vimeo . Cross Posted from Dan Fay's Blog (http://blogs.msdn.com...
  • Blog Post: Wow - DeepZoomPix Technology Demo – Azure, Silverlight and Deep Zoom

    Just tried out the DeepZoomPix Technology Demo – it’s pretty amazing – brings together Azure, Silverlight and Deep Zoom. I tested it out with some Astronomy photos… dfd Cross Posted from Dan Fay's Blog (http://blogs.msdn.com/dan_fay)
  • Blog Post: WorldWide Telescope – Busy couple of weeks – NASA and SilverLight

    Yesterday the joint press release went out on the collaboration and Space Act Agreement we’re been working on with NASA for sometime.  We’re really excited about working with NASA to process many datasets like the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) and make them available in WorldWide Telescope ...
  • Blog Post: WWT at TechFest on NYTimes.com

    The NYTimes.com article by Ashlee Vance , included a great picture by Stuart Isett for The New York Times showing the dome that was put together for TechFest to demonstrate the planetarium projection mode of WWT as well as the gesture interaction from Andy Wilson and Hrvoje Benko . Microsoft Maps Course...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research TechFest 2009

    Today is the first day of the MSR TechFest 2009 – a showcase of MSR technologies – you can see pictures from TechFest.  One of the demos I’m loosely tied to is Interactions with an Omni-Directional Projector – which utilizes WorldWide Telescope projected on a dome with gesture interaction. ...
  • Blog Post: The Earth, Stars, and Planets in 3D

    One of the coolest new features of the WWT Solstice Borealis Beta (released at the beginning of Jan) is the ability to see the Earth, Stars, and Planets in a stereoscopic 3D effect .  I’ve been using the Anaglyph mode (View |  {arrow} | Stereo | Anaglyph) which uses the stylish red/cyan glasses...
  • Blog Post: Science Images in Photosynth

    Here are a few really good synths of scientific images in Photosynth.  You can find others using Microscopes or Biology .  And there is even a Dissected Cat if you have a strong stomach. Obelia, polyps, golangia by ppberk Micrographs of powder coating material by SynthSets Frog Kidney by ppberk...
  • Blog Post: NodeXL for viewing and analyzing network graphs is available again (formally .NetMap)

    NodeXL – the app formally know as .NetMap is available again on CodePlex.  NodeXL is a Excel template and addin for viewing and analyzing network graphs.  There are a whole slew of updates and bug fixes.  Check it out…. Cross Posted from Dan Fay's Blog (http://blogs.msdn.com/dan_fay)
  • Blog Post: InfoMesa Project – Whiteboard for your data

    One of neatest apps I’ve see lately is InfoMesa – a project by Sam Batterman – the example is InfoMesa allows any kind of data or visualization to be added to the Whiteboard.  The folks at RENCI are using it in their Social Computing Room (SCR) w/ a 360 degree desktop.  You can download the...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth in full view

    Now this is a way to view Virtual Earth – talk about an immersive experience.  I would like to see how WorldWide Telescope would look on this display… PDC2008 ShowOff Entry: Multi-channel Virtual Earth Multi-channel Virtual Earth Description This video shows a multi-channel version of the Virtual...
  • Blog Post: Touchless

    Touchless is a fun and very cool release available from Office Labs – all you need is a webcam and some objects to use as pointers/markers… check it out. Touchless Touchless enables touch without touching by using a webcam to track color based markers. Touchless includes two parts: Touchless Demo is...
  • Blog Post: New drop of .NetMap available

    There’s a new release (1.0.1.52) of .NetMap available – which includes both the Excel Template and the class libraries.  The big feature in this drop is the ability to do Directed or Undirected graphs.  This determines whether arrows are drawn on the graph.  Also take a look at the discussion...
  • Blog Post: [Papers] Supporting Finite Element Analysis with a Relational Database Backend; There is Life beyond Files

    In a discussion I had today around ways to advance a scientific problem I was reminded of Jim Gray and Gerd Heber's trilogy - Supporting Finite Element Analysis with a Relational Database Backend .  The three papers are really a good resource for understanding how databases can be used in scientific...
  • Blog Post: Bird's Eye in 3D - Photosynth like

    I use maps.live.com allot especially when I'm traveling - but didn't realize about this feature until I was reading the Live Labs Announcements.  I just tried it out and really like it...very much like Photosynth ... Bird's Eye in 3D Both the 3D and Bird's Eye views in maps.live.com provide unique...
  • Blog Post: TED Talks - Roy Gould: WorldWide Telescope

    I realized I hadn't posted the link to the TED Talk on the WorldWide Telescope   Science educator Roy Gould and Microsoft's Curtis Wong gi ve an astonishing sneak preview of Microsoft's new WorldWide Telescope -- a technology that combines feeds from satellites and telescopes all over the world...
  • Blog Post: What makes Scoble cry: Microsoft’s WorldWide Telescope?

    In case you didn't see the blog entry on ZDNet about WWT What makes Scoble cry: Microsoft’s WorldWide Telescope? , I can tell you the work that Curtis and Jonathan have done is amazing...stay tuned. Robert Scoble posted about a Microsoft product that he couldn’t disclose in the works that brought tears...
  • Blog Post: MapCruncher Beta for Microsoft Virtual Earth

    Just tested out the MapCrucher Beta for VE - it really runs great. As soon as I get a few more cycles...I'll post a couple of the maps I did... MapCruncher™ beta for Microsoft® Virtual Earth™ is a newly-released, innovative tool that allows anyone to import maps, layer them, and share them on a website...
  • Blog Post: PopFly open to Public Beta

    It's great to see that PopFly is now open to a larger audience via it's public beta. I especially like the PopFly mashup Deb Agarwal (Berkeley Water Center) did with the AmeriFlux datasets they are working with - a good example of how you can visualize scientific data. Cross Posted from Dan Fay's Blog...
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