Microsoft Techfest 2010

Microsoft Techfest 2010

Let me first brief you about the Microsoft’s in-house Techfest which happens annually, the TechFest event is where Microsoft’s researchers from different locations around the world meet in Redmond and share their work with other Microsoft’s employees. As I said this in-house fair is closed to everyone including the press except employees, Attendees here experience some of the freshest, most innovative technologies emerging from Microsoft’s research efforts. This event provides a forum in which product teams and researchers can discuss the novel work occurring in the labs, thereby encouraging effective technology transfer into Microsoft products. So who cares if it is in-house as long as tech bloggers like me 🙂 bring out what they really upto this year. So without wasting time here is a sneak preview of some of the projects that Microsoft is working real hard..

Mobile Surface

Microsoft Mobile Surface

Microsoft Mobile Surface

I guess most of u aware of the Microsoft’s “Surface Computing” technology which quite old aged now, Microsoft researchers have now shrunk the company’s Surface tabletop computer into a pocket-sized package which, with a few accessories, promises to compete with any touchscreen device. Called, Mobile Surface, it is primarily a mobile version of the company’s Surface technology. It is now hooked on to a small webcam and digital projector, the Mobile Surface computer can create touch interfaces on any nearby flat surface — or even in thin air. The prototype Mobile Surface device combines the features of Surface touchscreen computer along with the gesture-based interface of its coming Project Natal game control system for the Xbox 360.

Air guitar

Air Guitar

Air Guitar

Microsoft has been developing technology that operates games led by a user’s wrist movements, who know a competition to our beloved guitar hero’s. The company has reportedly even developed several techniques for picking up gestures like finger twitches. At this TechFest, Microsoft showed wearable movement sensors with a researcher playing an air guitar. Another researcher demonstrated the use of skin as a computing interface using sensors that pick up tapping motions. He wore an arm-bandlike sensor that could process commands from his muscle movements. He could tap his thumb to his forefinger to start playing music on an MP3 device.

Microsoft OneAlbum

One Album

One Album

OneAlbum is a project under development by Microsoft Israel Innovation Labs that uses face-recognition technology to search for photos. As for how it works, OneAlbum scans faces that regularly appear in a user’s OneAlbum photo collection, then scours his social networks (Facebook, Flickr, Windows Live and others) for more photos of these people. It then automatically finds relevant photos in other albums on the Internet and brings them to the user’s album, and shows them side-by-side with his photos.

Cloud Mouse

Cloud Mouse

Cloud Mouse

With Cloud Mouse, Microsoft gives a new twist to our age-old mouse. Cloud Mouse is designed to help people navigate displays of 3D data. This means instead of scrolling up and down on a Web page, a user can twist and turn through the pages. Think of a graphical representation of your Facebook network. The Cloud Mouse looks much like any other mouse just that it lacks a flat bottom and has a six degrees of freedom and tactile feedback. Plus, Cloud Mouse would also serve as a key for personal cloud data on various online services.

Project Gustav

Project Gustav

Project Gustav

One my friend ;who is kind of a painter:; 😉 will really love to see this, I just had an upbeat conversation with her and just provided with some sneak peek on such software previewed in Techfest that turns a computer screen into a canvas. With the art-based programme, a user can paint on the screen with a stylus that copies a paint brush. Guess what, she wanted me to have a blog post with completed details of this software as soon as it is available for costumers.. For you guys to describe it more.., Project Gustav is an art-based programme that turns the experience of painting on computer real life. The software reinterprets the art of oil painting into a touch-sensitive application to give it a real-life experience. For example, a user blend paints on a palette, wipe a brush across it and pick up the patterns of paint just as you would do in real life. Sounds cool, keep checking my blog Freebie section you may have one of this software demo very soon…

Translation Telephone

Translation Telephone

Translation Telephone

This year Microsoft also showcased a `Translating Telephone,’ a software tool designed to let users have a real-time chat with someone in another language. The software translates from one language to another so that users on a phone call who do not speak the same language can successfully communicate. Microsoft researchers demonstrated the software by showing a live phone call between two developers, one German speaking and the other English speaking.

Hope you liked this week blog, keep checking back for more news on the latest trends in technology only on http://ravikanthl.co.cc 🙂

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