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  • Blog Post: At TED, Worldwide Telescope uses Oculus Rift to let attendees experience the universe

    If you could see ideas spreading, what would it look like? Amy Robinson wanted to get to the bottom of this question. Robinson is a community member of TED , the annual technology and design conference whose tagline is “Ideas Worth Spreading.” She is also the Creative Director of Eyewire...
  • Blog Post: Ubi-Interactive uses Kinect to make any surface interactive

    During several talks I have given recently I’ve mentioned Microsoft’s desire to turn every surface into an interactive digital surface. During the talk I gave at the PSFK New York event, I showed how some of this is coming to life with Microsoft Research projects such as Illumishare and the...
  • Blog Post: Join the conversation about art and technology in this ‘Instance’ of found images and 3D scans

    Editor’s note: The following is a post from Athima Chansanchai, a staff writer for Microsoft News Center . James George is an artist who is as at home amongst algorithms and software code as he is in galleries and behind a camera. For three months, the Idaho native relocated to Redmond...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research shows dual views on existing LCD displays

    In my post earlier today regarding Microsoft Research (MSR) projects I didn’t include this project so thought I’d add an additional post on it. As you can see from the video above, it’s a novel use of existing LCD displays to project two different images. The projected was shown at...
  • Blog Post: NUads launch on Xbox LIVE with Toyota and Unilever & Samsung Mobile USA

    Sitting in front of the television watching The Killing this weekend I did what I routinely do when the adverts come on – skipped past them as I was watching time delayed. That may all change with the advent of NUads . In October last year I mentioned NUads here on NEXT – a new interactive...
  • Blog Post: When will my walls become computers?

    I just stumbled across the video above of what is apparently the largest touch display in the world - 234" of touchiness that Stereolize worked on with Microsoft for CeBit 2011. Looking at their website, Stereolize have some very impressive work in their portfolio. 234” is good and all but I...
  • Blog Post: Sesame Street gets the SUR40 treatment

    Over the last few weeks I’ve highlighted the work of Second Story with the latest Kinect SDK head tracking capability and a Kinect laden installation at the World of Coca Cola . The team in Portland, Oregon has a great project I’d like to show you too. This one sits in the New York City...
  • Blog Post: What makes a city digital?

    In our series on “things” being connected to the net, I thought it’d be interesting to ponder on what makes a city digital? PSFK posed this question last week following the unveiling of NYC’s Digital Plan by Mayor Bloomberg and Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne. They had...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft at the Creativity Conference

    Last Friday, Microsoft in partnership with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and TIME , presented the “Creativity Conference” – a one-of-a-kind event convening leaders from the world of politics, media, business and the arts to engage in a direct dialogue on the role...
  • Blog Post: An upgrade to the lowly ruler

    A few guys from the MIT Media Lab just built what has to be the coolest ruler ever. I never thought I'd hear myself utter those words in the same sentence, but this one certainly takes the cake. They combined a transparent ruler with a translucent OLED screen and a miniature processor to create an...
  • Blog Post: Art and technology combine with Microsoft Tag

    Last month I saw several references on the web to Tag: We're It – a digital art installation that used projectors to deliver a floating field of droplets along a white wall. Visitors to the exhibition were invited to share a memory which is recorded and they were then presented with a frame which...
  • Blog Post: Bing and PixelSense

    I spotted this implementation of the Samsung SUR40 recently on Long Zheng’s blog . Microsoft partner, Stimulant , put together a beautiful video showing the capabilities of the Bing application that built for PixelSense . I showed some of these capabilities in my own demo at CES earlier this...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft acquires Perceptive Pixel – 82” touch screen capability

    Far too much to write about from this morning’s Worldwide Partner Conference keynote so just one thing for now… Microsoft is acquiring Perceptive Pixel Inc . Steve Ballmer introduced Jeff Han, the founder, who took to the stage to demonstrate the incredible 82” touch screen running...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft intern makes a water cooler that flirts with you

    From priceless hands-on work experience to private concerts by Deadmau5 and Macklemore , a Microsoft internship is a sweet gig. And judging by this article , the interns at Microsoft Research just might have the most fun of them all. The piece profiles six summer interns and their work in a variety of...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft TechFest 2013: SketchInsight

    Over the last few days Microsoft has provided glimpses of our vision for the future and where technology could take us — first with the opening of the Envisioning Center , and then yesterday with a conversation hosted by Craig Mundie and Eric Rudder regarding Microsoft’s strategic and technical...
  • Blog Post: Deadmau5 got a Microsoft PPI screen

    What happens when you put a 55” Perceptive Pixel screen (PPI) screen in the hands of one of the most influential EDM Producers on the planet? Check out the video above to see Deadmau5 after just 20 minutes of playing with his new toy. I have one of these in my office too an I use it for OneNote...
  • Blog Post: Transformational technology trends

    I’ve been presenting this slide a lot lately to explain some of the key areas Microsoft is focused on from a technology trends point of view. The slide doesn’t pretend to be all encompassing and focuses on tech trends (not social or macroeconomic). After a few iterations, a few trends such...
  • Blog Post: Develop Microsoft Surface apps. Without a Surface

    Surface 2.0 is still one of the coolest technologies I have seen this year – largely down to the PixelSense technology it employs to shave 20 some inches of depth of Surface. The big ass table is gone, replaced by a svelte 40 inch high definition panel from our friends at Samsung. It’s hard...
  • Blog Post: E3 2012: Xbox SmartGlass

    Lots of chatter around the office about SmartGlass this week and I’m sure that’ll only continue at Cannes Lions next week – I’ll be there talking future tech! Meantime, check out what’s coming with SmartGlass . Tweet
  • Blog Post: Dassault and Kinect delivering a new art form

    I always had Dassault Systemes down as being involved in aerospace and defense but their portfolio is way wider and last week I spotted a remarkable use they’d found for Kinect for Windows. The Parisian contemporary ballet Mr. & Mrs. Dream includes Kinect sensors placed above the stage to...
  • Blog Post: Nine Inch Nails takes Kinect on tour

    Twenty years into their career, Nine Inch Nails is still experimenting with cutting-edge technology in the studio and on stage. The band released an innovative new album last week, and has been using Kinect sensors to enhance their recent live performances. “There's a Kinect that handles motion...
  • Blog Post: Audi reboots the car dealership with Kinect

    Another week, another Kinect project. In fact this one has been doing the rounds of my favorite websites for the last week or so - I’m just catching post conference season. Audi City London worked with Razorfish to build a revolutionary customer experience that takes the car showroom in to the...
  • Blog Post: A Q&A with Ubi Interactive

    A little over a years ago a group of 11 start-ups were selected to take part in the first Kinect Accelerator program , headquartered out of our South Lake Union offices. I had the chance to see some of the really amazing work being done and one group that especially caught my eye was Ubi Interactive...
  • Blog Post: This urban art installation is powered by Windows

    In the latest episode of “ On the Whiteboard ,” host Pamela Woon pays a visit to a very unique permanent installation at Seattle Art Museum. Using a wrap-around LED screen, the piece offers a reflection of downtown Seattle’s urban landscape. Watch the full episode above.
  • Blog Post: Microsoft TechFest 2013: 3-D Display with Haptic Feedback

    One theme that really stood out today is the use of 3-D—typically to scan physical objects and transform them into three-dimensional models on your computer. So one project that really stands out—both literally and figuratively—is the 3-D display with haptic feedback that Mike Sinclair...
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