Coming later this spring, the Kinect for Windows SDK is a programming toolkit that will enable researchers and enthusiasts easy access to the capabilities offered by the Microsoft Kinect device connected to computers running Microsoft Windows 7.
Microsoft Tag connects real life with the digital world. Microsoft Tags are small, colorful codes that can be printed, stuck, or displayed just about anywhere. When you snap a Tag with the camera on your internet-enabled phone, additional information or experiences are automatically opened on your phone. There is no fumbling with URLs or texting short codes. Microsoft Tags can make product packages, posters, print-based ads, magazine articles, exhibit signage, billboards, storefronts, business card, or just about anything else, interactive.
Songsmith generates musical accompaniment to match a singer’s voice. Just choose a musical style, sing into your PC’s microphone, and Songsmith will create backing music for you. Then share your songs with your friends and family, post your songs online, or create your own music videos.
The WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is a rich visualization environment that functions as a virtual telescope, bringing together imagery from the best ground- and space-based telescopes in the world to enable seamless, guided explorations of the universe.
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- Harry Shum Open Letter to Academic Research Community
Harry Shum, Microsoft executive vice president of Technology & Research, pens an open letter to address issues raised by university professors after the closing of Microsoft Research's lab in Silicon Valley.
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:58:00 GMT
- Celebrating eScience and the contributions of Paul Watson
Paul Watson, director of the Digital Institute at Newcastle University, has been named the recipient of the eighth annual Jim Gray eScience Award.
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:00:00 GMT
- Microsoft Research's Xim Photo Sharing App Now Available for iPhone
The Xim photo-sharing app from Microsoft Research is now available for the iPhone.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:17:00 GMT
- 2014 Microsoft Student Summer Camp in China Inspires Budding Talent
Students for more than 30 top universities in China and Taiwan gathered in Beijing this summer for the 14th annual Microsoft Student6 Summer camp to imagine solutions to current problems via the use of Microsoft technologies.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:00:00 GMT
- Microsoft’s Quantum Mechanics
Can an aging corporation’s adventures in fundamental physics research open a new era of unimaginably powerful computers?
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:00:00 GMT
- The R2 Probabilistic Programming Tool
The R2 Probabilistic Programming Tool is a research project within the Programming Languages and Tools group at Microsoft Research on probabilistic programming. Our goal is to build a user friendly and scalable probabilistic programming system by employing powerful techniques from language design, program analysis and verification.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 04:58:05 GMT
- Analog Keyboard for Android Wear
Prototype of a custom keyboard for the Android Wear platform that lets users enter text by drawing handwritten letters on the watch face. Note: the current version (0.1) only supports square screens with 320x320 screen resolution and the Motorola Moto 360. Installation instructions are included in the zip file under HowToInstall.txt. Please visit our project page for more information - http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/analogkeyboard/index.htm.
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:20:14 GMT
- Pitch Change Toolbox
This Matlab toolbox implements the pitch-change algorithm described by Slaney, Shriberg and Huang in their Interspeech 2013 paper “Pitch-gesture modeling using subband autocorrelation change detection.” Calculating speaker pitch (or f0) is typically the first computational step in modeling tone and intonation for spoken language understanding. Usually pitch is treated as a fixed, single-valued quantity. The inherent ambiguity of judging the octave of pitch, as well as spurious values, leads to errors in modeling pitch gestures that propagate in a computational pipeline. This toolbox implements an alternative that instead measures changes in the harmonic structure using a subband autocorrelation change detector (SACD). This approach builds upon new machine-learning ideas for how to integrate autocorrelation information across subbands. Importantly however, for modeling gestures, we preserve multiple hypotheses and integrate information from all harmonics over time.
Tue, 07 Oct 2014 23:03:03 GMT
Sat, 04 Oct 2014 01:02:28 GMT
- Spectrogram Inversion Toolbox
The Spectrogram Inversion Toolbox allows one to create spectrograms from audio, and, more importantly, estimate the audio that generates any given spectrogram. This is useful because often one wants to think about, and modify sounds in the spectrogram domain. This toolbox is provided as Matlab source code. It does not depend on any Mathworks toolboxes. There are two big problems with spectrogram inversion: most importantly, one (generally) drops the phase when computing a spectrogram, and two not every (spectrogram) image corresponds to a valid waveform. This code finds the waveform that has a magnitude spectrogram most like the input spectrogram. The easy solution is to just do the inversion assuming some phase (like 0). Back in the time domain you get an answer, but there is a lot of destructive interference because the segments of adjacent frames do not have consistent phase. Some people advocate starting with a random phase. A better solution to this problem is to use an iterative algorithm proposed by Griffin and Lim many decades ago. It does converge, but slowly. An even better solution is to do the inversion, explicitly looking for a good set of phases. This toolbox does that, after the inverse Fourier transform of each slice, by finding the best time delay so the new frame and the summed frames to now are consistent. This is equivalent to starting with some arbitrary linear phase. The effect of this is to reduce the reconstruction error by an order of magnitude.
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:52:02 GMT