February 29, 2012

Interfaces of the future

Microsoft Research are working hard to show that they still have the innovative edge in the computer industry. While Google Labs might get more of the attention thanks to their high profile projects like Wilderness Downtown Microsoft are looking to the future showing how people might interact with each other more naturally. IllumiShare enables remote people to share any physical or digital object on any surface. It is a low-cost, peripheral device that looks like a desk lamp, and just like a lamp lights up a surface at which it is pointed, IllumiShare shares a surface.

Another interesting project is Holoflector which is a unique, interactive augmented-reality mirror. Graphics are superimposed correctly on your own reflection to enable a novel augmented-reality experience. Presented at Microsoft TechForum 2012, Holoflector leverages the combined abilities of Kinect and Windows Phone to infer the position of your phone and render graphics that seem to hover above it.

It will be interesting to see how these projects develop. Will they become the next Kinect success story or be another Microsoft Surface which never really took off as the technology was far too expensive (and didn’t seem to do more then let people shuffle pictures, shrink and resize them).

February 24, 2012

Your best shot

Every agency is furiously working to finalize their award entry videos for Cannes. Recently Faris Yakob, chief innovation officer at MDC Partners, gave a presentation for the Clio Awards giving some tips on how to make awesome case study videos, from the POV of the judges. Inspiring stuff.

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February 13, 2012

Don’t throw stones

Corning must thank their lucky stars that Apple chose their Gorilla Glass for the iPhone. Now they are looking to the future and in this sequel to a previous video they show a world where glass is everywhere. Maybe they are planning transparent microprocessors, batteries and circuit boards too. Or perhaps they won’t be needed in this future world where you can’t even go to the forest without bumping into touchscreens.

February 12, 2012

The future is 3D

Golan Levin is a creator, performer, innovator, engineer and MIT graduate whose work has been seen around the world. Working with two creative technologists James George and Jonathan Minard they have invented what they call “virtual cinematography” which it’s powered by stock electronics: a Microsoft Kinect coupled with an SLR camera. The Kinect tracks a figure in 3-D space while the SLR provides a sizable upgrade to the Kinect’s own camera. Custom software maps the SLR image onto the Kinect model, creating a fully-textured, digitized human.

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