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  • Blog Post: MSR Shows KinectFusion With Real-Time 3D Models

    Microsoft Research showed high-quality 3D models being created from a moving Kinect sensor at at SIGGRAPH . Engadget called it “ jaw dropping ”. The videos show how you can scan a whole room and its contents within seconds. As you move around objects are revealed they are fused into a...
  • Blog Post: Analyze Huge DataSets with New MapReduce for Windows Azure

    An iterative MapReduce runtime for Windows Azure, code-named Daytona from Microsoft Research , allows laboratories, small groups, and individual researchers to use the power of the cloud to analyze data sets on gigabytes or terabytes of data and run large-scale machine learning algorithms on dozens or...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research Releases New SDK Connects Kinect to Robots

    A new SDK from Microsoft Research can help you write code to connect Kinect to robots. The Kinect Services for Robotics Developer Studio (RDS) provides sample services that use the Kinect for Windows SDK to allow access to the Depth and RGB data from a Kinect sensor. In addition to a service for a real...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 + Cloud Services SDK Available for Download from Microsoft Research

    This is a software-development kit (SDK) for the creation of Windows Phone 7 (WP7) applications that leverage research services not yet available to the general public. The primary goal of this SDK is to support the efforts of Project Hawaii , a student-focused initiative for exploration of how cloud...
  • Blog Post: MS Research Releases Kodu Language and Grammar Specification

    Kodu is a new visual programming language made specifically for creating games. It is designed to be accessible for children and enjoyable for anyone. The programming environment runs on the Xbox, allowing rapid design iteration using only a game controller for input. The Kodu Language and Grammar...
  • Blog Post: 3D User Interface Lets You Pinch-the-Sky

    Pinch-the-Sky Dome is a large immersive installation where several users can interact simultaneously with omni-directional data inside of a tilted geodesic dome. Pinch-the-Sky has been developed by Microsoft Research . The system consists of an omni-directional projector-camera unit in the center...
  • Blog Post: See Microsoft Research Innovations Videos from TechFest 2010

    See the innovations and cool technologies that were shown during TechFest 2010 by Microsoft Research . Microsoft Research’s annual TechFest event showcases solutions to some of the world’s most challenging technical problems. It provides a strategic forum for Microsoft researchers to meet with the...
  • Blog Post: Children Create Video Games Using Kodu from Microsoft Research

    Microsoft is introducing children to programming and helping them advance their design, math, and problem-solving skills wth Kodu . With Kodu, budding developers string together simple and intuitive cartoon icons that define the rules of their game world, rather than using complex programming language...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research Reveals New Muscle User Interface

    Check out this Microsoft Research video that shows the concepts discussed in the patent filing -- including a demonstration of how to use muscle movement to play Guitar Hero, air-guitar style. For more information, see Microsoft patent filing: Control a computer by flexing a muscle .   Bruce D....
  • Blog Post: Innovation with the Microsoft Pressure Sensitive Keyboard

    In an earlier blog post I wrote that Microsoft was working with pressure sensitive keyboards. Recently the keyboards were sent out to forty international teams to see what solutions they could come up wth. The winners were announced at the ACM UIST Conference . I tried hard to pick a favorite but they...
  • Blog Post: Research Releases Early Version of Future Multi-, Many-core OS

    ETH Zurich in Switzerland and Microsoft Research Cambridge in the UK are exploring how to structure an OS for future multi- and many-core systems. The result of work for the past two years and was released. The teams have released the first snapshot of Barrelfish online under a BSD style license. You...
  • Blog Post: State Machines, Literate Programming Explored by Microsoft Research’s AsmL

    AsmL is the Abstract State Machine Language . The language was developed by the Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE) group at Microsoft Research. It is an executable specification language based on the theory of Abstract State Machines . The AsmL compiler compiler targets .NET code. The compiler...
  • Blog Post: Players Become Gamers with Kodu

    Kodu is a new visual programming language for Xbox 360 made specifically for creating games. It is designed to be accessible for children and enjoyable for anyone. The programming environment runs on the Xbox, allowing rapid design iteration using only a game controller for input. Launching on the Xbox...
  • Blog Post: Surface Computing Takes the Next Level with ‘SecondLight’ Research

    Although Surface has just received it’s latest update (for more information, see Surface Gets Update ), you may be interested in what some future generation Surface might look like. There’s no announcement of inclusion of this technology in any particular Microsoft product. That said, it’s always fun...
  • Blog Post: Web Designers, Developers Register for MIX09

    MIX09 will take place soon, in Las Vegas on March 18 th -20 th , with pre-conferences on March 17 th . You will be hearing about the standards-based web, next generation media, data driven design, rich internet applications and the collaboration between designers and developers. Headlining the event...
  • Blog Post: Innovation of Your Very Being

    Sometimes it's valuable to pause for a moment and look at a bigger picture, at ourselves, and how we relate to our callings. Microsoft Research Principal Scientist Bill Buxton offers some tips on how to keep innovating in an article he wrote for Business Week, How to Keep Innovating . He explains, "The...
  • Blog Post: Inauguration Events Shown in Silverlight, Photosynth

    Microsoft technology helps to broadcast the presidential inaugration events using Silverlight and Photosynth. Microsoft Silverlight powers rich application experiences and delivers high quality, interactive video across the Web and mobile devices through the most powerful runtime available on the...
  • Blog Post: Research in Developer Productivity Explored

    Dr Dobbs inteviewed Wolfram Schulte of Microsoft Research and discussed ongoing research in developer productivity in a posting, Microsoft Research: Looking for a RiSE in Developer Productivity . Schulte's team is tasked with reinventing all aspects of software development. The Research in Software...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Microsoft Research Projects

    Network World highlights a sneak peek at 10 technologies developed in Microsoft Research. Check out Ten Microsoft Research Projects . The projects include: Surface. The multi-touch table computer. Pictionaire. For business collaboration. Social Streams. Real-time trend aggregator. Blue...
  • Blog Post: Unique User Experience Explored with Sphere Computing Prototype

    Microsoft researchers are unveiling a prototype that uses an internal projection and vision system to bring a spherical computer display to life. People can touch the surface with multiple fingers and hands to manipulate photos, play games, spin a virtual globe, or watch 360-degree videos. Sphere...
  • Blog Post: New System Turns Any Surface into a Low-Cost Multitouch Screen

    Microsoft's LaserTouch prototype can inexpensively retrofit any display into a touch screen, giving researchers a platform to experiment with different form factors and develop interesting software. The system has been shown at recent conferences. LaserTouch is a system built from inexpensive hardware...
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