Most touch panels and controllers today suffer from about a 100ms delay and while most people got used to it, I still find it really annoying.
And so does Microsoft as they are putting money into the task of getting rid of that lag. Microsoft Research has figured out a way to get the delay down to 1 ms.
check out the video below to see the difference.
Pretty awesome and I can’t wait to see this technology going mainstream and into all kinds of touch devices.
How do those 2 fit together you ask? Microsoft has teamed up with Lionsgate to show off the latest HTML5 techniques (movie-like effect: stream, lens flare and video projections) and to promote IE9.
Check it out here
I had some issues getting onto the page, but I think it is because it is making the rounds in the internet and everybody is checking it out.
Nevertheless it is a pretty nifty and beautiful site and you have the ability to connect it to your facebook and your friends appear on billboards and screens.
The site also gives you some exclusive movie content and there are 2 easter eggs that reveal 2 never before seen clips.
- 1. In the Control Room you can type in "ivolunteer" on your keyboard after clicking on the map section
- 2. In the Avenue of Tributes you can click on Katniss and then Peeta to reveal a clip from the training center
I can’t wait for the movie to come out as it looks great and it looks like HTML5 is being pushed to its boundaries on this site.
Check out the trailer if you haven’t seen it.
I am very excited about the forthcoming Windows 8 and I have been playing around with it since the Developer Preview was released.
We have a big touchscreen in the office here so it is perfect for the Metro UI, but I have to say that the mouse interaction on a laptop without a touchscreen is very average.
Along came Tobii and at first you think it is just another gimmick, but everybody on the net who has actually tried it is blown away by it.
Tobii comes with an eye control device, a rectangular glass obilisk that is attached to the hinge of the laptop. It requires a personal calibration and off you go. It also controls all the swipe gestures available in Windows 8.
But enough said, check it out in the video.
and another video of it in action
can’t wait to try it out
By now we all experienced kinect one way or another and I personally really enjoy my kinect at home.
Kinect has been talked and hacked a lot and most people can see much more in it than just a game controller.
Looks like MS Research is thinking the same thing and in the video below they are showing off some cool things, like head tracking, glasses free 3D, gesture based interfaces and more.
As we all know from past experiences, these may or may not happen, but right now they are pretty cool.
this is a little video how Microsoft is envisioning Kincet working with Windows Phone 7.
Looks to me like my wife will have a lot of fun with that one
As usual everybody seems to be waiting to announce their new products at CES and this year hasn’t been any different.
And again we are overwhelmed with information from everyone and blinded by all the new shiny products. I will have to get a 2nd job to be able to afford all the new gadgets I want now.
So below is a list of my favourites from the CES this year that I found on different blogs around the internets (maybe one day I will be able to go there in person)
So here I will be showing you tablets, 3D stuff, Microsoft hardware and some other cool stuff I came across
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I have to start this post with a whinge, I pre-ordered Xbox Kinect from JBHifi. When I pre-order something I do expect it to get to me on the day it gets released or at least the day after. We finally got our Kinect here at the office after it was already released for over a week. I could have just walked down the street and picked on up.
but that is not what I want to talk about here. It is all setup in our reception area and we already had a lot of people trying it out and loving it.
There are some very smart people out there and it only took 3 hours before the Kinect was hacked and an open source driver was created so you can use it on your PC, a little later on your Linux box and then on your Mac.
and what are people doing with it? They are creating some awesome things. Here is a small collection of the things I came across:
Best interactive Puppet
Have your own lightsaber
Capture yourself in 3D
same guy in 3D with a little awesome surprise at 0:53 – watch it it’s worth it
use Kinect to control Windows 7
there are heaps more videos after the break
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The issue: traversing a busy urban street in a 360-degree photographic bubble can be disorienting, especially when searching for a specific address or business
The solution: Microsoft Street Slide, developed by MS Research. Zoom out of your panoramic bubble and the street is presented as a dynamic, multi-perspective "strip" giving you an instant visual summary of the surroundings.
Supposedly Microsoft is already working on taking Street Slide mobile with an iPhone port, and probably a version for the upcoming Windows Phone 7 series.
Unfortunately, don’t expect this to be released anytime soon as the team has only processed about 2400 panoramas so far covering just 4 kilometers of streets.
Watch the video and you will be impressed.
Swiss company Atracsys sold its tech knowhow to Sony and the company is today informing the world that its atracTable is ready for mass production and commercialization this June.
The system is a dual camera-based system that tracks and analyzes body movements in three dimensions, in real-time. Initially designed for use with a computer in a sterile operating theater, the interface not only notices subtle changes in the position of your body, arm, hand, or finger position, but it’s also determine rough age, sex, or facial expression of the user.
of course nobody knows a price yet, but they promise a high-contrast, Full HD screen, which is already better than the surface table from MS.
It will be able to communicate with your mobile devices or respond to motion input, which is picked up by a pair of Sony camcorders.
Here is another video of it in action:
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