Scoble has a pretty interesting writing up about Microsoft Research and some of the projects they are working on! Also there are a lot of pretty pictures of the new building!
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On a separate note, if any of you are interested some cutting edge lab work, check out Microsoft's other lab, Live Labs. The people at Live Labs are the geniuses behind SeaDragon and Photosynth btw :)
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Deepfish is a new type of mobile browser, which provides a full 'as designed' view of web pages on mobile devices. The unique user interface loads an overview image of the entire page layout and allows a user to zoom in and out on the parts of the page they are interested in. Deepfish loads the overview image first and then the more detailed sections are loaded as requested or in the background as the overview is browsed, resulting in a much faster page load experience as well. All together, it provides a more intuitive, desktop-like experience than traditional mobile browsers. More information and a technology preview are available on the Deepfish site.
Photosynth takes a large collection of photos of a place or object, analyzes them for similarities, and displays them in a reconstructed 3-Dimensional space. With Photosynth you can:
For futher information and to view a demonstration video visit the Photosynth web site.
Seadragon is an incubation project resulting from the acquisition of Seadragon Software in February. Its aim is nothing less than to change the way we use screens, from wall-sized displays to mobile devices, so that visual information can be smoothly browsed regardless of the amount of data involved or the bandwidth of the network.
If this sounds a little vague, consider the following four "promises" of Seadragon:
The Seadragon team is currently tuning its DirectX implementation, making the most of the new Windows Media Photo format, and cranking on the Photosynth Technology Preview.
Restaurant reviews... Corporate addresses... Names. Phone numbers... Product descriptions...
The web is overflowing with descriptive information. The web is also rich with new applications that aspire to use this data. Right now most content is not linked with the applications. Entity extraction is the glue which will connect document authors with application functionality. Imagine a “smart menu”, which when you highlight a restaurant address on a web page, automatically provides a popup map. Or when you highlight a book title, it automatically offers a review or to deliver it to you for the lowest available price. Imagine “smart cut and paste” which allows you to push any address directly into your contact manager. Imagine a button which appears at the top of an email from UPS which allows you to track that package.
This week, the latest version of the Windows Live Toolbar will include a new entity extraction engine. The first uses will focus on addresses maps, and later uses will include shopping and finance.
Related Links: Paul Viola, Principal Scientist Mukund Narasimhan, Scientist Smart Menus: introduced and explained with videos
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