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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Interactive Displays Conference

Microsoft’s own Andy Wilson and Stevie Bathiche, whose pioneering work went on to become Microsoft Surface, were out at the Interactive Displays conference in San Jose last week. On Thursday they gave the morning’s keynote. They talked about, along with work they’ve been doing, where the Microsoft as a whole is innovating in areas like…

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SurfaceWare

We spend a lot of time thinking about how the unique optical capabilities of Microsoft Surface can be used to create magical experiences with everyday objects.  A couple folks from the Applied Sciences team and the Surface SDK team got together a while ago to prototype one such concept that we call “SurfaceWare”.  Paul Dietz explains the concept really well in…

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Microsoft Surface launches at Sheraton Hotels

Microsoft and Sheraton Hotels and Resorts have partnered to bring Microsoft Surface to the hotel lobby. Sheraton went live today with our music, photos and concierge applications customized with Sheraton specific content. This adds Boston, Chicago and Seattle to the list of cities where you can get up close with Microsoft Surface. Surface is already…

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Viva Las Virtual Vegas!!!

Hello from Vegas! The Surface and Harrah’s teams have been burning the midnight oil for the past few days getting everything set for our next public deployment.   Today, Harrah’s will become our second partner to deploy Surface. They will have six Surface units operating in the iBar, located inside the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.   …

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Collaborative Alliance with AT&T!!!

This evening AT&T and Microsoft announced a collaborative alliance to transform the way that consumers shop for mobile devices. AT&T will become the first company in the world to deploy Microsoft Surface! In fact, on April 17th if you’re in NYC, Atlanta, San Antonio, or San Francisco area you’ll be able to get hands on with…

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Surface at MIX 08

I was lucky to be part of the team that went to the Venetian in Las Vegas to demo Surface at MIX 08.  Demoing Surface is fun, interesting, and exhausting.  There were always attendees at the booth.  Between sessions it would get pretty crowded.  Also, this wasn’t a trade show with 100’s of booths.  It was…

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Surface at The CeBIT

Surface and the team jumped across the pond earlier this week for some demo time at The CeBIT (I don’t think it is actually called ‘The CeBIT’ but I find it funny that some people call it that…so I’m sticking with it) in Hannover, Germany. The CeBIT is the world’s largest tradeshow. It puts CES…

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Firefly Game Hits the Web

Our friends over at Sarcastic Gamer posted some new Surface goodness this morning. It’s an early “proof of concept” game called Firefly that was developed by the Carbonated Games folks downstairs. While we’ve done other games during the course of the product this is among the first casual games to test the SDK. In fact that was…

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Our Last Day at CES

So we’re in the home stretch at CES. Today is the last day!!! As draining as this show is, as crazy as the planning has been, as stressful as it was to watch BillG demo Surface (fingers crossed so tight that it performed well-IT DID!) in his last keynote…it has been totally worth it. It’s…

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