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Microsoft shares another glimpse of the future, but you still can’t have it

At TechFair 2013 in Washington D.C., Microsoft showed off an abundance of high-tech projects; the company states that the technology being designed by its research division, allows a glimpse into the future of technology. World class scientists working on the Redmond campus showed off how they could be an asset to some of society’s biggest challenges.

Fred Humphries, Microsoft VP of U.S. Government Affairs, stated that:

“At Microsoft, investing in research and development are top priorities as we continue to spark American innovation while creating the jobs and technologies of the future… From pushing the boundaries of computing beyond the screen to helping make sense of large-scale data sets for scientific discoveries, we’re excited to share the latest innovations from Microsoft Research with the D.C. community at TechFair.”

Take a look below for some of the technologies Microsoft flaunted:

Automated Problem Generation for Education: Microsoft’s Intelligent Tutoring System (ITS) showed off the benefits of Computer-aided education. The system can generate a personalized workflow to help students with problem solving. The system is able to help with logic problems, sentence completion, procedural mathematics, algebraic proofs, and more. Click here to learn more. (opens in new tab)

Kinect Fusion: Research techniques for quickly and affordably recreating accurate 3D renderings of people and objects. The system takes advantage of a six depth of field position from a depth sensing camera, such as Microsoft’s Kinect. Click here to learn more. (opens in new tab)

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Project “GeoFlow” for Excel: GeoFlow is an Excel plugin that allows a 3D visual representation of data that can then be shared with others. This project is the only one available for download; you can grab the preview here (Excel 2013 required).

Real-Time, 3D Scene Capture and Reconstruction: Another project devoted to creating 3D renderings, this one captures several color images to build a high resolution “voxelization” of the surface. The project takes advantage of the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) to power the process. Click here to learn more.

SandDance: A web based information visualization system that uses 3D hardware acceleration to “explore relationships between hundreds of thousands of items”.  SandDance focuses on natural user interaction techniques such as touch screens and Kinect. Click here to learn more. (opens in new tab)

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ViralSearch: Microsoft wants to be able to track the latest hits and newest meme. ViralSearch is an attempt to look at large quantities of data and decide what may be “going viral”. Click here to learn more.

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SketchInsight: An interactive whiteboard for “storytelling” that uses data in real time. Simply sketch a chart and it will be auto populated with relevant data. (This is one of my favorite, so check out the video) Click here to learn more. (opens in new tab)

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Please note: If you are using our Windows Phone Central App, there is no Silverlight support on the platform and you will not be able to view the videos. Sorry. =/

Sources: The Fire House, Microsoft Research Blog (opens in new tab)

  • In 2010 they showed Kinect integration in Windows Phone, guess in 2057 we will get separate volume controls and in 2089 things that this article mentions.
  • Haha and SMS tones in 2015.
  • Are you talking about the demo of Kinect being able to tell if you were holding a phone or not? Remember that a lot of stuff that shows up in "Microsoft Research" is just that, research. Usually techniques that are created here are later embodied in products as something else.
  • No, he was referencing to the integration with Windows Phone, Smart Glass, and Kinect. Users were shown adding balls into the virtual game for the player to kick and hit back at the wall, brick breaker style. The game shown was Kinect Adventures.
  • Ah, missed that one... sounds fun.
  • How do you pronounce your last name Michael?
  • Are-sham-bo
  • À peu près haha
  • You sir, is hilarious! :D
  • ^ agm353 is right Here it is
    And TellMe from 2y ago Yeah, that totally happened
  • TellMe I do remember! Very exciting... just wish it was real.
  • Make fixing and improving WP and W8 os first -_-
  • That is not the responsibility of Microsoft's Research division.
  • Soooooo true, still waiting for Windows phone and Kinect, ilummiroom maybe for Xbox one 2.
  • Xbox One 2... :|
  • You heard it here folks... we found the new naming scheme.
  • I call it the Xbox Uno.. The Xbox dos is next?
  • WUT?
  • They need to research what they research when they research and why they research. Nuff said
  • This!!! +1000
    And just because they've (MS) have shown some "potential" future features doesn't mean it will ever meet production. That's why they say it's research.
  • Good one!
    +1 ...for the Xbox one?
    Nah...not good enough
    +920 \m/
  • Microsoft Research rocks
  • Yes.. Yes it does my child.
  • So it will be MS that creates the Holodeck and make Mr. Barclay happy :-)
  • I doubt anyone cares but the solution to an indefinite always has a constant added to it which is forgotten here.