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  • Blog Post: NASA + Kinect + Oculus Rift

    The Oculus Rift got a lot of attention again at CES last week – it’s a pretty damn cool device. Add the expertise of engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a Kinect sensor from Xbox One and you start to see some amazing things. How about controlling a remote robotic arm from...
  • Blog Post: MIX11: Kinect SDK and Windows Phone “Mango” on the Horizon

    The Day 2 keynote for MIX11 was fun to watch this morning as demo after demo showed killer capabilities for creating apps for Windows Phone and then Kinect. Joe Belfiore and Scott Guthrie brought on a range of guests to show the great things that will be possible in mobile apps, gaming, and who knows...
  • Blog Post: Nissan 2013 Pathfinder Kinect Experience

    For Kinect owners who are familiar with Forza Motorsport 4’s Auto Vista mode you'll be comfortable stepping inside of vehicles using gestures. Now IdentityMine and Critical Mass have used Kinect for Windows to enable consumers to virtually explore the concept for the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. This...
  • Blog Post: Reverse parking with Kinect

    I regularly check on the creative uses of Kinect though there are so many now I haven’t posted about any for a while. One did catch my eye recently though – a reverse parking system using Kinect, developed by Gibson Hu at the University of Technology in Sydney. My own car here in the US...
  • Blog Post: Surface videos, Kinect videos and more

    I caught up with Eric Havir who runs the Microsoft Surface blog yesterday and he’s chock full of cool videos at the moment. First up is the one above showing Amnesia Razorfish’s mobile mashup. Note this is running on Surface 1.0 and shows the killer things you can do with that platform today...
  • Blog Post: Making our digital world more analog with probabilistic programming

    I’m slowly making my way through the sessions I missed at MIX11 and this one really is worth a watch if you have any interest in NUI. It’s a panel hosted by Kristin Tolle and made up of Curtis Wong (of WorldWide Telescope fame), Darren Bennett (creative director for Kinect Adventures) and...
  • Blog Post: Kinect in the changing room

    A few months after Kinect launched, Nordstrom placed a unit in their flagship store in Seattle as part of a fun way to engage customers. Given it’s only half a mile from my apartment, I trotted up there on the night of release and shot a short video and explained why the placement of the installation...
  • Blog Post: Clever Sense brings a Serendipity Engine to Windows Phone 7

    Earlier this week, our News Center team profiled an application for Windows Phone 7 by Clever Sense – these guys are a Microsoft BizSpark One startup. The reason it caught my eye is their use of artificial intelligence to create exclusive search results. My NUI radar is well and truly up and when...
  • Blog Post: A More Natural Future With Technology

    If you’re a fan of PSFK like me, you’re keen to read of the latest trends in technology. Everyone loves to share stories of how life will be made better or cooler by something being developed in a garage, university lab, or maybe a campus setting like where I work at Microsoft. It’s...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for Windows 1.5 coming soon

    In a post on the Kinect for Window blog yesterday, Craig Eisler announced that Kinect for Windows is coming to more countries in the coming months – specifically Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan in late May. In June, Kinect for Windows will be available in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland...
  • Blog Post: What’s Next for Microsoft Surface

    A quick break in the proceedings here at CES so I have a few moments to let you know about perhaps my favorite announcement so far at CES – Surface 2.0 I sat down on the sofa in our booth to bash the post out and and ended up chatting with Ryan Block about it. He asked me for my quick description...
  • Blog Post: Bing: Shopping online as you would in the real world

    Last month, IBM demonstrated how far supercomputing has come by besting some of Jeopardy’s best trivia masters with Watson . What’s perhaps most striking about this win, though, is that it highlights how far the industry has come in helping computers understand a person’s intent. ...
  • Blog Post: Surface 2.0 as a digital light table

    Surface 2.0 is really starting to gather some momentum and applications like this one can only push that forward. I was only remarking to a friend last week how it’d be great to see a fashion magazine using the capability of Surface to enjoy a digital light table designed for their creative production...
  • Blog Post: 3D projector + Kinect = MirageBlocks

    The title of the post isn’t entirely accurate as MirageBlocks , a demo shown at Microsoft Research TechFest this week, has plenty of software smarts so it's not quite as simple as duct taping together a 3D projector and Kinect sensor. In the video above you see Hrvoje Benko demo MirageBlocks...
  • Blog Post: The secret sauce behind Kinect

    There have been plenty of behind the scenes Kinect stories , often focused on the history of the project, but this one is different. The Xbox Engineering blog posted a lengthy entry at the end of last year detailing how the human tracking works as well as how the gesture based interface for the dashboard...
  • Blog Post: Download the NUIVerse

    Nope, that’s not a speling mistake – you can download the awesome NUIVerse application that shows the power of PixelSense on the Samsung SUR40. You may have seen the demo David Brown gave at Worldwide Partner Conference a few months back – he’s now made the app available to anyone...
  • Blog Post: Search and Rescue with Microsoft Surface and Robotics Developer Studio

    Robots used to symbolize the loss of assembly line jobs, but in the last 10 – 15 years or so they’ve had a bit of an image makeover. Whenever they come up in conversation, most people will immediately think of the Roomba, or maybe a bomb disposal vehicle - but the usefulness of robots has...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Home: Blending physical with digital

    Last year we published a short video with me touring the Microsoft Home – shown above – it’s a facility we have on our main campus in Redmond that explores what technology may be commonplace in homes in the next 5-10 years. For that reason it’s not a Jetsons like place and is...
  • Blog Post: adaptive interfaces from Microsoft Research

    This is one of the demos from Microsoft’s Research TechFest that I forgot to post about – it was a busy week. File this one under technology that is making our interactions more natural. (NUI for those that are keeping up). I got to play with this one and it was indeed very natural. Most...
  • Blog Post: Time to throw away your TV remotes

    [update] announced today via Major Nelson , you can now sign up for the Public Preview of the new XBox Live dashboard. Latest information will be available via www.connect.microsoft.com/xboxliveupdate Once this program is kicked off, an update will be pushed to your console that will contain select...
  • Blog Post: Speaking of Windows Phone Mango

    Check out Pocketnow’s preview of voice features on the way in Mango. Mango is the gift that keeps on giving. I had no idea of the depth of speech capability in the forthcoming update for Windows Phone until I saw this video – and read the blog post on the Windows Phone blog . It sounds...
  • Blog Post: Kinect in the operating theater

    I’m often asked where I see Kinect going next and much like the Kinect Effect advert , I put that question back on the questioner. One of the answers I give is we see it going into more and more places outside of the living room – places like schools and hospitals. In fact in the advert,...
  • Blog Post: Talking NUI in San Francisco

    [image credit – Hugh MacLeod ] Regular readers (both of you) will note I’ve been talking a lot about Natural User Interfaces (NUI) on this blog. This evening I’ll be talking about if offline too as I’m hosting a discussion in San Francisco on the topic. I’ll be joined...
  • Blog Post: The genesis of Microsoft Surface

    A bit of nostalgia for a Friday – a video of the first prototype of Microsoft Surface. Cool to see even then the team was demonstrating stuff such as digital objects showing physical properties and multi user multi touch. We see objects that light up objects as analog ‘knobs’ to control...
  • Blog Post: See three cool new Kinect for Windows apps from nsquared

    It’s always inspiring to see the creative ways people use Kinect for Windows to improve everyday experiences. The Kinect for Windows Blog recently posted about three new examples from nsquared , an Australian company that has created a variety of innovative touch- and gesture-based experiences...
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