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  • Blog Post: Korea’s computer science talent sparkles at Microsoft Research Asia

    As part of Microsoft Research’s commitment to encouraging and supporting the up-and-coming generation of researchers worldwide, Microsoft Research Asia sponsored "Korea Day at Microsoft Research 2014" on June 9 in Beijing, China. The event was the culmination of a 10-month research project competition...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for Windows helps decode the role of hand gestures during conversations

    We all know that human communication involves more than speaking—think of how much an angry glare or an acquiescent nod says. But apart from those obvious communications via body language, we also use our hands extensively while talking. While ubiquitous, our conversational hand gestures are often...
  • Blog Post: Stroke recovery gets a boost from Kinect

    The aftermath of a stroke can be overwhelming for any patient—from the physical and emotional toll to the cost of stroke-related treatment. Recent evidence 1 points to the advantages of task-specific training as effective rehabilitation, but in practice, this requires simple, repetitive movements...
  • Blog Post: Workshop highlights medical uses of Kinect technology

    In keeping with the January ritual of reflecting on the past year’s accomplishments, we’re eager to tell you about a very special event that Microsoft Research Cambridge hosted in November: the Body Tracking in Healthcare workshop . This occasion celebrated the completion of a two-year collaboration...
  • Blog Post: Getting social down under, NUI style

    I feel especially fortunate to be here in Melbourne, Australia, to participate in the launch of the Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces . This is a joint research center between the University of Melbourne and Microsoft Research, in partnership with the state government of Victoria...
  • Blog Post: Kinect Sign Language Translator - part 2

    Today, we have the second part of a two-part blog posted by program managers in Beijing and Redmond respectively—second up, Stewart Tansley: When Microsoft Research shipped the first official Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK) beta in June 2011, it was both an ending and a beginning...
  • Blog Post: Kinect Sign Language Translator - part 1

    Today, we have the first part of a two-part blog posted by program managers in Beijing and Redmond respectively—first up, Guobin Wu: I consider myself incredibly lucky to be the program manager of the Kinect Sign Language Translator project. There are more than 20 million people in China who...
  • Blog Post: Hopeful for the Future of Women in Computing

    Sitting on a plane heading back to the Pacific Northwest, I’m reflecting on the week I just spent in Minneapolis—a week of inspiration and impact at the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) of Women in Computing . I’m thinking about the pertinence of this year’s GHC theme, “Think...
  • Blog Post: Kinect Fusion Boosts Kinect for Windows SDK Update

    On Monday, March 18, 2013, Microsoft rolled out the latest release of the Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK). This represents the largest update to the technology since the SDK was first commercially released in February last year, and it includes the Kinect Fusion technology that originated...
  • Blog Post: Big Sky; Big Data: WorldWide Telescope in Focus at Astronomical Conference

    The 28th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) opened on August 20, 2012, at the China National Convention Center in Beijing, with WorldWide Telescope (WWT) prominently featured at the Microsoft Research exhibition. Astronomy is one of the oldest and most inspirational...
  • Blog Post: Get a Jump on Space Day

    Looking for a fun, educational, and inexpensive way to observe Space Day? The Museum of Flight in Seattle is throwing an early-bird celebration the evening before, and the Microsoft WorldWide Telescope team will be celebrating with them. On Thursday, May 3, the museum is offering free admission from...
  • Blog Post: Readers’ Choice: Top 10 Blogs of 2011

    Recaps of the top 10 news stories of the year—it’s a New Year’s tradition that rivals Dick Clark’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” show. So who are we to buck convention? Therefore, without further ado, here are the top 10 Microsoft Research Connections blogs...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research and the Kinect Effect

    Today (November 4) is the first anniversary of the launch of Kinect for Xbox 360 in the United States, with subsequent availability around the world. It has been a smashing success since its debut, thanks in part to contributions from Microsoft Research to its audio, skeletal-tracking, and facial-recognition...
  • Blog Post: FIRST Adds Kinect Technology to Robotics Competition Tool Kit

    I’m thrilled to be part of a new phase of the partnership between Dean Kamen ’s FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) organization and Microsoft (including the Microsoft Research Connections group). Last week, FIRST announced that Microsoft’s Kinect for Xbox...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for Windows SDK Beta Makes It Big in the Big Apple

    The Kinect for Windows SDK beta was honored as one of the “ 10 Most Innovative Tech Products of 2011 ” earlier this week at the 2011 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awards ceremony held at the Hearst Tower in New York City. Gavin Jancke, general manager of Engineering for Microsoft Research...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for Windows SDK Beta Refresh Available

    Interest in the Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) beta, released on June 16, 2011, has been strong, and we’re delighted to learn that so many developers and innovators who are experimenting with natural user interface (NUI) applications have taken advantage of the SDK to explore...
  • Blog Post: Natural User Interface Leaps Forward with Release of Kinect for Windows SDK Beta

    As astute readers of this blog will recall, back in April we reported on the progress of the non-commercial Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit (SDK), offering tantalizing descriptions of its capabilities and inviting you to follow its progress on a dedicated website. Well, I’m pleased...
  • Blog Post: MIXing It Up: the Kinect for Windows SDK

    Back in February at TechForum, Craig Mundie , Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer, and Don Mattrick , president of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB), announced that Microsoft Research and IEB would release a non-commercial Kinect for Windows software development kit this...
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