Today is the first day of the MSR TechFest 2009 – a showcase of MSR technologies – you can see pictures from TechFest. One of the demos I’m loosely tied to is Interactions with an Omni-Directional Projector – which utilizes WorldWide Telescope projected on a dome with gesture interaction. The neat part about it is that it brings together the great interaction (hands) work from Andy Wilson and Hrvoje Benko from the Adaptive Systems and Interaction and Jonathan Fay (no relation)
TechFest is much like a Science Fair – booths to demonstrate new algorithms, discoveries, etc. Great place to wander and dream what the magic of software can do….
TechFest is an annual event that brings researchers from Microsoft Research’s labs around the world to Redmond to share their latest work with Microsoft product teams. Attendees experience some of the freshest, most innovative technologies emerging from Microsoft’s research efforts. The 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.