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First look: Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview SDK
Longtime readers know that I have great enthusiasm for the Kinect sensor as a revolutionary NUI technology. Now I can report that I was accepted to the Developer Preview program, and my new Kinect for Windows sensor arrived today. The packaging goes out of its way to make you feel special: when the box...
27 Nov 2013
Emotiv Engine Client Library is posted at CodePlex
I finally got my act together and posted the code for my EmoEngineClientLibrary , which is a C# wrapper around the DotNetEmotivSDK.dll assembly that ships with the Emotiv SDK . Browse the source code Browse the documentation overview You may recall this code library from such blog posts as: Kinect-Emotiv...
26 Mar 2012
Kinect-Emotiv mashup prototype
Longtime readers of the Learning Curve know about my fascination with brainwaves, aka, neurodata ( Again with the brainwaves ). Then along came Kinect, which provided a pleasant distraction. But how to get the best of both worlds? With the release of the Kinect for Windows SDK , it became an interesting...
20 Feb 2012
Getting started with Kinect development
Turns out that it’s a lot simpler than I thought . The most significant barrier to entry is the USB jack. If you buy the Kinect sensor by itself, you’re good to go. But if you buy the XBOX 360 bundle, as I did, then you have a problem. As I understand it, the vanilla USB can’t provide enough power for...
22 Mar 2011
Modern programming: A tale of four frameworks
After starting my new job in Core OS, it became clear that I would need to brush up on my old COM-programming skills, which I haven’t used in about, oh, eight years. It’s been all .NET Framework since I hired on as a full-time employee at MSFT. A good place to get acquainted with the COM world is the...
7 Jul 2010
Expression Blend 4 now available for download
Expression Blend 4 makes it easier than ever to design your WPF and Silverlight apps. Here are the official bullet points: Create rich web experiences, games, desktop apps, and more. Design apps that use the full power of Silverlight. Take your ideas from concept to finished project. Work effectively...
7 Jun 2010
COM Is Love
New job! I’ve hopped over from the excellent Developer Division User Education org to the cool Windows Server Information Experience group, ‘way on the other side of the Server & Tools business unit , where I’ll be providing sample code and docs for some of the intriguing new Microsoft features....
27 May 2010
Visual Studio 2010 is live
And it’s good. Download the full trial version here: Visual Studio 2010 Downloads . Technorati Tags: Visual Studio , .NET Framework , Silverlight , WPF Designer
12 Apr 2010
Fun with brainwaves, part 3: Here’s some code
The story so far: Realtime Brainwave Data with WPF and Fun with brainwaves, part 2 . So the code is finally somewhat presentable for public consumption. You can download it from here: Realtime Neurodata Display . If you have the Research Edition of the Emotiv SDK , this is what you’ll see: EmoEngineClientLibrary...
27 Feb 2010
Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Release Candidates are posted
Go grab your copy of Visual Studio 2010 RC here . Rewritten in WPF, this is the slickest version of VS yet. Too many features to go into now, but here are a couple of my favorites. The WPF and Silverlight Designer for Visual Studio now has complete parity with the beloved Windows Forms designer, and...
12 Feb 2010
Realtime Brainwave Data with WPF
Update: Code is posted here . A wonderful thing happened since my last post on this project. The friendly folks at Emotiv listened to their devoted users and opened up the raw electrode data from their amazing EPOC neuroheadset ( just $299 ). That’s a 14-channel fire hose of brainwave data, streaming...
2 Feb 2010
WPF and Bling
Here is one of the coolest applications of WPF ever: Bling . It’s a completely new way to leverage the WPF platform for high-performance graphics development. Bling experiments with a programming model that combines the ease of programming provided by a retained graphics model with the flexibility and...
27 Oct 2009
WPF samples now available at Code Gallery
In past versions of our Visual Studio and .NET Framework documentation, you may have experienced frustration when you tried to access our WPF sample code. No more. We’ve picked the best samples, hoisted them out of the docs, updated them for Visual Studio 2010, and uploaded them to Code Gallery: WPF...
23 Oct 2009
Fun with brainwaves, part 2
As I promised in Fun with brainwaves, part 1 , I’ve written a little WPF application that displays realtime data from Emotiv’s Epoc neuroheadset. It’s a very simple monitoring app, named WPFEmotivClient, that displays the data stream from either EmoComposer or Emotiv Control Panel. The idea is to demonstrate...
18 Oct 2009
WPF Designer sample code is posted
If you want to author custom design-time experiences for your WPF controls, this is a good place to start. We have samples for custom adorners, context menus, property value editors, and advanced scenarios. This code is written for Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2, but you should have luck with the Beta 1 bits...
17 Sep 2009
TestApi v0.3 Posted
Ever wondered how to test your WPF, Windows Forms, .Net Framework, and Win32 applications programmatically? Of course you have. Now there’s the TestApi , a library of test and utility APIs that enables developers and testers to create automated tests for .NET and Win32 applications. TestApi provides...
15 Sep 2009
WPF and the Parallel Extensions, Updated
At the request of the Parallel .NET team, I’ve cleaned up the code from my earlier post, WPF and the Parallel Extensions . Reaction-diffusion visualization You can download the code from here: WPF and Parallel .NET . Have fun! Technorati Tags: .NET Framework , Parallel , WPF , Chaos , Fractal
11 Sep 2009
WPF and the Parallel Extensions
It’s been over six months since the Parallel Extensions to .NET Framework 3.5, June 2008 CTP release, and I’ve been wanting to play around with that stuff for awhile. It’s all shipping in .NET Framework 4.0 and is considered by Soma to be a key cloud-enabling technology. So I finally jumped in and decided...
1 Mar 2009
Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Beta is posted
Get it here . Discuss amongst yourselves at the forum . Don't miss Guy Burstein's guided tour . Here's the official word: Visual Studio 2008 With Visual Studio 2008, developers and development organizations have the tools that enable them to be more productive, take advantage of all the latest platform...
12 May 2008
Using WriteableBitmap to Display a Procedural Texture
A long time ago, back in the Java days, I wrote some code to simulate a particular kind of autocatalytic chemical reaction. A chaos theory researcher named Vladimir Gontar was doing some interesting work, adapting cellular automata to more closely resemble real physical systems. He presented a...
17 Apr 2008
Using the WPF Designer: Guidance for Windows Forms Developers
If you're a WinForms dev, and you'd like to know how to implement your favorite features in WPF, take note: Our new topic, The WPF Designer for Windows Forms Developers , gives you a detailed mapping of WinForms features to WPF Designer features. No more flailing about, trying to figure out how to anchor...
5 Feb 2008
Silverlight 1.0 on Microsoft Update and WSUS
Silverlight 1.0 is now available to WSUS administrators for enterprise deployments as well as to Microsoft Update consumers. IT administrators, you now have the ability to deploy Silverlight across your enterprise using the standard deployment tools you already use. Consumers also have the option of...
22 Jan 2008
Silverlight Fire Starter video site at MIX University
We get a lot of requests for training on Silverlight, and now there's a great new option: the Silverlight Fire Starter course content is now available online. Five hours of high-quality training material from MIX University The content is, of course, hosted using Silverlight. Check it out: Silverlight...
14 Jan 2008
Mobiform's VantagePoint WPF Controls released
Mobiform has released v1 of their neat VantagePoint WPF Controls suite. View the Demo , which is a live xbap -- I was running it in Firefox this morning! Mobiform's Variable Gauge control
29 Nov 2007
WPF Designer docs are posted
The MSDN library online has been refreshed, and you can find all the new documentation for the WPF Designer for Visual Studio (formerly known as "Cider") here . You might want to start with the overview topic, or if you want to start autoring your own custom design time, try the extensibility portal...
26 Nov 2007
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