Interactive Storytelling on Microsoft Surface

A while back, I had the privilege of having Xiang Cao, an associate researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge in the Computer Mediated Living Group, visit me here in Redmond. Xiang is one of the researchers (also including John Helmes, Siân E. Lindley and Abigail Sellen) who worked on a project called TellTable. When you were…

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The Surface Monster Returns! Nom Nom Nom

Those of you that have been following Surface probably remember the Surface Monster demo we showed at PDC this fall. Luis and Paul tricked out this model to work on Surface and convey images from Surface onto the.. well, it’s a little complicated to describe, but amazing to see. Surface Monster got a lot of people talking…

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Surface Monster Mashup and real-world objects

When we talk about what we’re doing here at Microsoft Surface, there are several attributes that come to mind. Sometimes for those who haven’t been exposed to a lot of touch and multi-touch, it seems like all touch is the same. Here’s a crash course to bring you up to speed. Two Important Attributes One…

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FAST COMPANY’s Killer Apps for Microsoft Surface

Fast Company is generating a lot of buzz with a guide to killer apps for Microsoft Surface. The article is a compilation of applications from Chris Dannen’s earlier articles on the 11 killer apps and 5 more killer apps. Congrats to those who made the cut! Chris is asking for submissions of what you think…

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Can anyone be a DJ?

According to Joe Engalan at VectorForm, a Microsoft Surface Partner, you can. They’ve created an entry level DJ application that lets groups join in on the fun. This is when Joe’s team isn’t working on Microsoft Surface with car configurators, presidential election coverage, educational and medical applications to name a few. The DJ started simple,…

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Lonely Planet POC on Microsoft Surface

Back at Remix Australia we heard about a proof-of-concept demo created by Amnesia Razorfish for Lonely Planet. Those of us outside AU weren’t able to see the video. I’ve managed to get a hold of it from Shane and posted it to the Microsoft Showcase. You can get the full story on Shane’s blog. Cheers…

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VPlay: Video Performance in surface computing

We’ve seen a number of examples of audio performances getting a boost from surface computing. There’s the ReacTable, which is probably the most well known from Bjork’s performances. There’s also the reacTagon and many others too numerous to name. On Microsoft Surface there is Stimulant’s work on ToneGrid and VectorForm’s Surface DJ. In the past,…

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Chrysler’s concept on Microsoft Surface @ NY Auto Show

Engadget flagged a video for your viewing pleasure today of the new 200C concept from Chrysler running on Microsoft Surface. No, the car doesn’t have a Microsoft Surface inside like some yachts we’ve seen. But this is a great showcase of the natural interaction coming someday to a car to you as showcased on our…

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“Gentlemen, this is the future!”

I was preparing our booth at the annual CHI conference when the staff of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) showed up. These are the gentlemen and ladies who prepare and maintain the center for the rest of us. Without them, there will be a few thousand very confused and caffeine-deprived HCI scientists and students……

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