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    Microsoft Surface at TEDx Redmond


    TEDx-Redmond.Blog02This past weekend, I had the privilege of demoing Microsoft Surface to 600+ primary school kids at TEDx Redmond. I use the term demo a bit loosely, because for anyone who has worked with Surface and kids, you’ll know that they just kind of take over themselves.

    The photograph on the right is what you could see of Surface much of the time during the event. In this instance, the kids were playing with Paint from nsquared’s Education Pack.

    In all we had three Microsoft Surface units in the lobby area outside the conference hall. One unit, as mentioned above, had nsquared’s education pack with a broad array of educational applications you will find via the link above. The second unit had two applications developed by InfoStrat for the Smithsonian Institution. That included one shown below where Surface would respond to a real flashlight to digitally illuminate deep sea fish. (Learn more on Nese’s blog.) The third unit had our Concierge with Bing Maps, Stimulant’s Touch Tones and a beta 4-person paint program by one of our Surface team members, Joe.

    Learn more about TEDx Redmond over at redu. (redu, Rethink/Reform/Rebuild Education)

    - Eric (follow Surface on Twitter and Facebook)

    nsquared education packInfoStrat's Smithsonian applicationStimulant's Touch Tones4-Paint betansquared education pack

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    Ness Botanic Gardens at the Shanghai Expo


    Our Microsoft Surface strategic partner nsquared created a very engaging application on Surface for the Shanghai Expo. The three applications built for Ness Botanic Gardens and Liverpool University are designed to enable groups of visitors to simultaneously explore the history of Ness Gardens. The nsquared applications for Ness Botanic gardens also demonstrate the benefits of multi-user table-top computing on Microsoft Surface.

    The first application draws the visitors into the gardens with beautiful pictures of the Botanic Gardens and rare plants.

    The visitors can then explore the most important dates in the history of Ness Gardens, explaining how Arthur Bulley made his fortune from the cotton industry and invested in gathering plants from around the world to cultivate in his estate. This collection lead to many rare species of plants being conserved in the gardens while they neared extinction in the wild. This vast collection of plants has now become an enormously valuable resource for research and Ness Botanic Gardens and Liverpool University are now a center of excellence for rare plant research.

    The last application allows the visitors to explore images of five of the most important plants in Ness Gardens. Each plant species has a number of variations and the participants can explore rich images of these plants.

    If you would like visitors to your events to be drawn into engaging beautiful experiences you can contact nsquared by sending an email to

    [Video: nsquared presents Ness Botanic Gardens]

    See more from nsquared on our blog.

    - Eric (follow Surface on Twitter and Facebook)

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