Backstage @ Robotics

Just some interesting stuff from my tour in Microsoft.

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  • Blog Post: GoMaps Indoor Navigation

    This has always been a problem for Microsoft (or any big company). we have so many buildings and rooms in our campus, sometimes it’s a chore to locate a meeting room or a person you’d like to meet. We have to work in 10-15mins of travel time before and after meetings just to ensure we arrive...
  • Blog Post: Imagination wins National Multimedia Award for Incredible Machine

    Working together with Sam Gazitt , we created a project called Incredible Machine for Maker Faire in May this year. Recently, our partner ( Imagination ) won the National Multimedia Awards 2008 held in Austria for their innovation under the “culture, entertainment and games” category. This multiuser...
  • Blog Post: Signpost at TechEd 2007 Orlando

    Checkout the new screenshots of Signpost 2007 that attendees will be able to download and use starting tomorrow at TechEd 2007 in Orlando. Here's a link to the site with all the new details: http://studierstube.icg.tu-graz.ac.at/handheld_ar/signpost2007.php The schedule now syncs with the CommNet system...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Surface

    I'm a little late with this news but this is very cool. Finally we get to see all these different technologies put into good use and into a product. The hardest part about Research Technology is trying to commercialize it. I think this team did a good job. Took them 6 years though. Multi-touch, Object...
  • Blog Post: DirectShow compatible camera modes

    During our work on Signpost 2007 for MEDC , Daniel Wagner, the developer, has encountered numerous compatibility issues when using DirectShow to enable the camera to stream live video modes. He's created a chart with over 18 devices that we've tested the application on and the issues with regards to...
  • Blog Post: Signpost 2007 now released to the wild

    Graz has now posted the Signpost 2007 application that they built for MEDC 2007 online at their website. Download and try it now. Obviously you won't be able to participate unless you're in MEDC right now, but try it anyway. http://studierstube.icg.tu-graz.ac.at/handheld_ar/medc.php Unfortunately you...
  • Blog Post: Video about Signpost at MEDC 2007

    Daniel and I got podcasted today at MEDC 2007 and were asked to talk about Signpost 2007. checkout the video here: You can find out more about Augmented Reality and the technology behind it at : http://studierstube.icg.tu-graz.ac.at/handheld_ar/
  • Blog Post: A Wickedly Cool Conference Application

    We've been working on an application for a few months now that a lot of you have asked for when attending Microsoft Technical Conferences. The most common request is the ability to have a conference guide on your Windows Mobile device that saves you time and hassle of having to carry around a cumbersome...
  • Blog Post: ZenZui Launched

    As reported in TechCrunch , ZenZui just launched and is aimed at providing a more prominent way of marketing applications via devices ("getting on the deck"). Here's a snippet from TechCrunch's post: ZenZui’s zooming user interface was initially developed by Microsoft’s Redmond Research lab, and was...
  • Blog Post: Mobile Penpals for Emerging Markets

    Was reading an excellent article on Open Gardens about Mobile Penpals by Stanford's RDVP program and frankly, this is a relatively simple concept to implement in any Emerging Market. Not only are phone pervasive they're also very personal, linking an individual with the "network" in ways that a computer...
  • Blog Post: More Multi-touch from Jeff Han

    Checkout Jeff's multi-touch large screen demo showed at TED 2007. He has a new company called Perceptive Pixel , a spin-off from his research at NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. (source: information aesthetics ) simply amazing.
  • Blog Post: More from TechFest 2007

    This year, Microsoft decided to open up this internal only event to close partners and community influencers to share what Microsoft Research has got cooking in their research facilities in Redmond, Cambridge, India and China. Engadget has a nice post on some of the technologies that were showcased at...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research TechFest 2007 Keynote

    Checkout the TechFest 2007 keynote that was delivered today and look at the super-cool demos and research technologies we're working on in Microsoft Research. Nothing get's me this charged up as much when seeing all the amazing things that these guys are doing. Can't wait to attend the actual event tomorrow...
  • Blog Post: Can you FaThumb the impact of this technology?

    FaThumb (pronounced "fathom") is a research project within the V.I.B.E. (Visualization and Interaction for Business and Entertainment) group in Microsoft Research that is designed to be a revolutionary interface for navigating through large amounts of data. I first saw this technology a while ago during...
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