What’s Going on with Microsoft Surface?
By Somanna Palacanda, director, Microsoft Surface
From search-and-rescue robots to social media streaming, Microsoft Surface continues to make a big splash for customers, partners and talented developers worldwide! Check out what Microsoft Surface has been up to lately.
SURFACE TAKES OFF WITH DASSAULT AVIATION
At the 49th annual Paris Air Show, Dassault Aviation unveiled three new applications developed specifically for the Samsung SUR40
for Microsoft Surface, the next generation of Surface. Key features of the applications include:
A virtual tour of Dassault’s Rafale Export aircraft, including animated explanations of concepts, configurations and performances.
Military Mission Planning tools including air patrol configuration and outline of the tactical situation.
Post-flight debriefing and diagnostics support for flight line crew and mechanics.
Check out this link for a sneak preview of these exciting new applications.
MICROSOFT SURFACE GARAGE
Many may be unaware of Microsoft’s “Surface Garage” sessions – an informal, bi-weekly gathering where great minds from across Microsoft, as well as outside the company in special circumstances, come together after-hours to innovate for Surface. This grassroots community allows developers to participate in live coding sessions, create new applications, controls and games, bounce ideas off like-minded colleagues, and share beneficial insights about their experience developing for the platform. Stay tuned for additional updates from the Surface Garage as we expect to see more from this talented and passionate group!
IN OTHER RECENT NEWS
ROBOTS TO THE RESCUE!
The Robotics Lab at the University of Massachusetts has been hard at work leveraging Microsoft Surface for search-and-rescue efforts. Since Surface allows multiple users to interact simultaneously, unique gestures enable rescue teams to control robots with greater dexterity and precise control, which is critical to rescue efforts. And even more critical to these efforts, is the ability to do all of this remotely via Surface. Check out the robots in action over at the MSR blog.
MICROSOFT SURFACE 2.0 GETS SOCIAL
“Social Stream” for the next generation of Microsoft Surface is a sample application recently created via a collaborative effort between Microsoft and Stimulant, Inc. using the Surface 2.0 SDK. The new application offers businesses an interactive way for their customers to engage using the most recent and relevant Twitter, Flickr and RSS newsfeeds. For example, community generated photos, tweets, and stories flow across the Microsoft Surface display so that several people can touch and share interesting content with one another. Learn more about the Social Stream application and download it here.
SURFACE AS NEWSPAPER OF THE FUTURE
The New York Times R&D Lab recently released a video demo of a Microsoft Surface application that turned the device into a newspaper of the future. In the shared scenario, news articles and photos are presented as visual snapshots that can be moved, opened and flipped for multiple user interaction. View the NY Times app in the video below.
SEAMLESS COMPUTING WITH SURFACE
Dr. Neil Roodyn from nSquared has developed a seamless computing framework that integrates Microsoft Surface and other media devices like Windows tablets, Windows Phone and Kinect. Check out Dr. Neil Roodyn in a video demonstration of this cool technology below.
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