July Update from Microsoft Research & Faculty Connection

Functional Contact Lens Monitors Blood Sugar Without Needles – Video Researchers from the University of Washington and Microsoft Research Connections are working together to develop a non-invasive, technological solution to improve both the health and overall quality of life for diabetics: a contact lens that monitors blood glucose levels. The functional contact lens is an…


Windows Azure Toolkit for Social Games

Microsoft are pleased to announce the release of the Windows Azure Toolkit for Social Games This toolkit is a preview but will allow you and your students to quickly get started building new social games in Windows Azure. The toolkit includes the following assets 1. Accelerators 2. Libraries 3. Developer tools 4. Samples The toolkit…

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Imagine Cup 2011 World Wide Finals

The 2011 Microsoft Imagine Cup Finals took place yesterday from 16:00-19:00 EST (NYC Local Time) 8pm to 11pm GMT you can watch a video recording of the stream here. The “World Festival Awards Ceremony” will be held at the David H. Koch Theater at the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts in downtown New York City! …


Foundation of Digital Games Conference

    Last week I attended the International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games which was hosted in the beautiful city of Bordeaux. FDG is a focal point for academic efforts in all areas of research and education involving games, game technologies, gameplay and game design. The goal of the conference is the advancement…


University of Oxford Department of Computer Science Industry day

  On the 1st of June 2011 Geoff Hughes attended the University of Oxford Industry Showcase 2011. The day included three keynote speeches on research projects, plus micro-slots where researchers had two-minutes to pitch their research to the audience in quick succession. It coincided with the renaming of Oxford University Computing Laboratory ( Comlab )…


Microsoft Game Development with XNA Game Studio

  Online. Plaintext Searchable Code. Lessons for Design, Art, and Programming. Everything You Need, Free. Jump in at: http://create.msdn.com/gamedevelopment   Developed in Collaboration With MSDN Channel 9, XNA Game Studio, and App Hub Bite-Sized Lessons, A Great Single-Screen Experience This combination video and text tutorial set teaches basic 2D game development on Windows, Xbox 360,…