New this week
|Faculty Summit 2014: Fueling the Future of Computing
Tune in to watch the live stream of the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit from Redmond, Washington, on July 14 from 9:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. Pacific Time (noon to 8:30 P.M. Eastern Time).
FiRe2014: Artificial Intelligence Helping Humans: Future Research
An interview with Peter Lee, Corporate Vice President and Head of Microsoft Research, hosted by Ed Butler, Presenter, BBC.
|Skype Translator: Breaking down language barriers
Peter Lee, Microsoft Research VP, shares insights and a sneak peek into the Skype Translator, derived from decades of research in speech recognition, automatic translation, and machine learning technologies. The Skype Translator is now being developed jointly by Skype and Microsoft Research teams, and combines voice and IM technologies with Microsoft Translator, and neural network-based speech recognition to deliver near real-time cross-lingual communication. With the Skype Translator, we're one step closer to universal communications across language barriers, allowing people to connect in ways never before possible. In Lee's words 'It's truly magical.'
Skype Translator demonstration from Code Conference 2014
|MonoFusion: Scanning objects in real time with a single web camera
This project offers a method for creating 3-D scans of arbitrary environments in real time, utilizing only a single RGB camera as the input sensor. The camera could be one already available in a tablet or a phone, or it could be a cheap web camera. No additional input hardware is required. This removes the need for power-intensive active sensors that do not work robustly in natural outdoor lighting. In seconds, a user can generate a compelling 3-D model, which can be used in augmented reality, for 3-D printing, or in computer-aided design.
|Motion-sensing keyboard detects hand gestures
Project Type-Hover-Swipe incorporates motion sensing into a keyboard, which detects subtle hand gestures that allow you to manipulate content on the screen. Pinch your fingers together to zoom into a map, swipe your hand across the keyboard to turn a page, steer a race car in a game using a virtual steering wheel, and more. Watch the video demonstration to see what all is possible with this cool technology.
|RetroDepth: Visual-based 3-D sensing and interaction
Watch a demonstration of RetroDepth, a vision-based system that accurately senses the 3-D silhouettes of hands and other objects as they interact on and above physical surfaces.
|International Women’s Hackathon 2014
The International Women’s Hackathon is designed to empower, encourage, support, and retain more women in computer science at the university level. The 2014 event features a pair of challenges: UN Women, a United Nations organizations dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, will drive an exercise designed to increase women’s involvement in STEM fields -- science, technology, engineering, and math. Meanwhile, Teens Against Distracted Driving will host a project to encourage people to stop texting while driving.
|Printing Interactivity: Customizable 3-D Printing
Presenting two new technologies that empower consumers to design and produce working physical devices customized to their particular needs:
When combined, these two technologies give a glimpse of a future world where it is inexpensive and easy for users to build devices with customized form and function.
|Elevating human-computer interaction to a new level of sophistication
The Situated Interaction project, a research effort co-led by Eric Horvitz, a Microsoft distinguished scientist and managing director of Microsoft Research Redmond, and his colleague Dan Bohus, focuses on enabling many forms of complex, layered interaction between machines and humans.
|Shape-Writing Enhancements for Windows Phone
On January 16, 2014, Microsoft researchers and Windows Phone engineers set out to challenge the Guinness World Records fastest text message using a touch-screen mobile phone record.
|Hekaton research makes significant speed improvements to SQL Server 2014
Paul Larson, Microsoft principal researcher, and Mike Zwilling, principal architect, Microsoft SQL Server, discuss how their collaboration led to the data-access improvements of the Hekaton component of SQL Server 2014, which has implications that improves online gaming, real-time inventory analysis, stock trading, and any scenario where data access and indexing speed is critical to a system's performance.