I got the chance to stop in and talk with Todd Bishop and John Cook recently for their popular GeekWire podcast and we talked about technology trends for the year ahead and beyond. Regular readers will not be surprised at the trends I touched on – Natural User Interface (NUI), Big Data and Machine Learning, the Internet of Things and the blending of the physical and digital.
You can hear the segment below - though talking about these topics on radio is always a little challenging as I’m eager to show rather than tell so in that spirit so I’ve included some references further below to the topics/projects we talked about.
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Natural User Interface:
Speech to Speech translation demo – note how not only do Rich Rashid’s words get translated in to Chinese but they’re spoken back in his voice. Jump to about 5:40 in this video if you want to see this in action.
We also talked about a real life example of NUI in my own home that I documented under the title What my daughter taught me about the future of technology.
Big Data and Machine Learning
We didn’t get in to this in a ton of detail though John mentioned one of my favorite examples – the Farecast technology that is now in Bing for flight predictions. We also posted a great video recently of Craig Mundie talking about both of these topics.
Blending of Physical and Digital
We talked about Manctl, the French startup who have turned Kinect in to a handheld 3D scanner that can built real-time 3D models of pretty much anything – and you can print them out on a 3D printer. You can see this in action during the keynote I helped host this summer at Worldwide Partner Conference. Jump to 19 minutes in the video and you’ll see it in action with the result being the 3D printout of Jon Roskill shown below
That’s all we had time for but keep coming back here during 2013 for more on all of these trends. Thanks again to Todd and John for inviting me!
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Well so will we ever get kinect in laptops and why would we even need after all there are numerous startups (you can google yourself) that offer the same if not better functionality through the webcam of laptop witch is kinect main purpose although this is the future of technology and Microsoft knows this i would love to see better use of these infrared technologies after all, have you ever considered acoustic location technology instead as used by the military a long time ago. It is invetible that the forthcoming apple tv will have the same functionality and sonys patents suggest a similar approach trying to bank on the success of kinect. So if you shrin the size of the kinect sensor and fit it in laptops WHY if your 2-3 years late (according to your "Leaked Documents")
@cool - we showed an acoustic location prototype this year - check out soundwave blogs.technet.com/.../microsoft-research-at-chi-2012-new-projects-showing-the-blending-of-physical-and-digital.aspx
and I'm not sure how you can be late on something you never promised :)
Oh sorry i didn't want to be mean it's just my ocd. i read a about a patent filed awhile back by a Microsoft employee regarding a kinect type functionality on phones and other mediums so i just thought i'd give my two cents.
Or I could just keep and reading rumors
Oh and thanks for the link, heres the patent that i was referring to
and in the podcast you said that we would (you) go beyond touch and gesture, so could explain that's a very vague response.
This link found it