Microsoft Research’s annual TechFest event showcases solutions to some of the world’s most challenging technical problems. It provides a strategic forum for Microsoft researchers to meet with the broader group of Microsoft employees and product managers.
Here are some summaries of the videos that are available at TechFest 2010 Videos.
To make cloud computing work, we must make applications run substantially faster, both over the Internet and within data centers.
New Technologies for Multi-Image Fusion
Explains how users of videos and cameras can combine images into a photo montage. Among the challenges discussed is how to combine large image sets from photos or videos to produce results that use the best parts of the images that are used to create an enhanced photograph.
Inside the Cloud: New Cloud-Computing Interaction
With cloud computing, users can access their personal data anywhere and anytime. Cloud mouse will be a secure key to every user’s cloud data. And, with six degrees of freedom and with tactile feedback, the cloud mouse will enable users to orchestrate, interact with, and engage with their data as if they were inside the cloud.
TechFest 2010: The Translating Telephone and The Translating! Telephone
The speakers audio is turned into text, then that text is translated into another language and spoken aloud to the other party in the conversation.
Today, my album refers to a collection of photos I have taken. But many photos relevant to me — such as photos of me or my children—are in my friends’ albums. OneAlbum automatically finds relevant photos in my friends’ albums on social networks or in shared albums, brings them to my album, and shows them side-by-side with the photos I’ve taken.
Natural User Interfaces with Physiological Sensing
We will demo muscle-computer interfaces, electromyography-based armbands that sense muscular activation directly to infer finger gestures on surfaces and in free space, and bio-acoustic interfaces, mechanical sensors on the body that enable us to turn the entire body into a tap-based input device.
Mobile Surface is a novel interaction system for mobile computing. Our goal is to bring the Microsoft Surface experience to mobile scenarios and, more importantly, to enable 3-D interaction with mobile devices.
Project Gustav: Immersive Digital Painting and TechFest 2010: Project Gustav
Project Gustav is a realistic painting-system prototype that enables artists to become immersed in the digital painting experience.
About Microsoft Research
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Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation