New this week: Skype Translator preview opens the classroom to the world
We recently previewed Skype Translator to two elementary school classes -- one in Washington and one in Mexico City. A few rounds of "Mystery Classroom" was all it took for these students to discover the potential of Translator to break down language barriers and bring people together.
|Share your photos, not your phone, with Microsoft Xim
Perfect for moments like dinner with friends, Microsoft Xim is simply a better way to share because you don’t have to pass your phone around to people. When you Xim, the photos will appear synchronously on everyone’s devices even if they don’t have the app. And, Xims expire after a little while so you’re not burdened with storage or management overhead. With Xim you’ll never have to worry again about mistakenly “oversharing” – be it a personal photo, or that little cold you’re getting over. Your friends can enjoy photos from the comfort of their own seat and screen rather than waiting turns or huddling around one phone. Because anyone invited to a Xim can advance the photos and all screens are synchronized, Xim is a unique shared experience in which everyone knows they are looking at and talking about the same photo, even when not in the same room together.
Xim is available for free in the Windows Phone, Apple App, and Google Play stores.
|Krysta Svore on quantum computing and machine learning
Senior Researcher Krysta Svore comments on the potential effect quantum computing can have on machine learning.
|Handpose: Fully Articulated Hand Tracking
Introducing a new real-time articulated hand tracker which can enable new possibilities for human-computer interaction (HCI). Our system accurately reconstructs complex hand poses across a variety of subjects using only a single depth camera. It also allows for a high-degree of robustness, continually recovering from tracking failures. However, the most unique aspect of our tracker is its flexibility in terms of camera placement and operating range.
|Opening Keynote: Faculty Summit 2014
Harry Shum, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Technology and Research group, opens the Faculty Summit by highlighting major efforts at Microsoft Research. Two of significance are the integration of Microsoft Academic Search into Bing with Cortana (Microsoft’s new personal digital assistant), and major improvements in computer vision via deep learning techniques.
|Learning to Be a Depth Camera for Close-Range Human Capture and Interaction
Among Microsoft Research's contributions to SIGGRAPH 2014, a machine learning technique for estimating absolute, per-pixel depth using any conventional monocular 2D camera, with minor hardware modifications. Our approach targets close-range human capture and interaction where dense 3D estimation of hands and faces is desired. We use hybrid classification-regression forests to learn how to map from near infrared intensity images to absolute, metric depth in real-time. We demonstrate a variety of humancomputer interaction and capture scenarios. Experiments show an accuracy that outperforms a conventional light fall-off baseline, and is comparable to high-quality consumer depth cameras, but with a dramatically reduced cost, power consumption, and form-factor.
|Haptic Feedback at the Fingertips
Presenting fingertip haptics: touch feedback on flat keyboards and touchscreens. Imagine feeling key clicks while typing on a Touch Cover or a Windows Phone, and locating a tile on a touchscreen through its unique tactile texture. Such effects are realized with piezoelectric actuators and electrostatic haptics technology.
Quantum Computing 101
FiRe2014: Artificial Intelligence Helping Humans: Future Research
An interview with Peter Lee, Corporate Vice President, hosted by Ed Butler, Presenter, BBC.