4 Cool Microsoft Technologies of the Future


Microsoft researchers unveiled several futuristic technologies during last week’s Techfair in Silicon Valley. These projects are aimed at giving the computer the ability to see, sense and understand. If this sounds familiar, Microsoft tested the waters a couple of years ago with a motion sensor device known as Kinect for Windows. There were number of thought-provoking presentations; below you will discover up-and-coming Microsoft technologies that incorporate Kinect.


1. The Webcam

The webcam has been around for a long time, however what if we told you that Microsoft is developing technology to turn conventional webcams into depth cameras, like Kinect. Researchers refer to the technology as MonoFusion. It takes traditional webcam views, interprets what is sees from a depth perspective and proceeds to create 3D models with color and texture. The possibilities for how this technology can be used are endless.


2. Floating Display

The floating display with gesture recognition takes a typical 2D display and adds a series of films above it in the hopes of bringing digital creations to life. Here, Kinect is used as a tuning device when the second screen is superimposed on the main one. Researchers are still trying to make sense of this technology and whether or not it can enhance video whiteboards or just give everyone a migraine.


3. ViiBoard: Collaborative Annotation

The ViiBoard is a highly polished collaboration tool that enables users to approach a whiteboard and whatever they write is eventually color-coded and stored. How does it work? The ViiBoard pairs a Kinect sensor with a Perceptive Pixel display (PPI) which allows the software to recognize the user. This technology is especially useful for businesses that often hold virtual meetings and collaboration sessions. One especially neat feature is when the user shows ten fingers in a typing motion, a keyboard appears.


4. Real-Time Animal Tracking

This technology was developed in conjunction with biologists to help track and learn about animals in their natural habitats, however it can certainly be applied to law enforcement or even the military. It is comprised of three components:
  • Zootracer – algorithm for tracking objects on video
  • Mataki – 7 gram GPS tracking device
  • Unmanned drone used to communicate or lock on Mataki device
Zootracer uses video or Kinect to identify specific objects, with the help of the user of course. Once the user teaches Zootracer what it’s looking for it will begin following. Mataki can actually be attached to an animal and relay information to an unmanned drone hovering above.
While many of these concepts or technologies may or may not be applicable to your business, Microsoft leads the way in innovation and design. Their university-like environment harnesses mechanical expertise with technological advancement.

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