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Selected past Industrial projects

 

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Photon Paint I & II - 1987

Photon Paint is a Hold-And-Modify (HAM) based bitmap graphics editor for the Commodore Amiga, first released in 1987, followed by Photon Paint II.

It was programmed by Oren Peli, Eyal Ofek & Amir Zbeda at Bazbo Soft and published by MicroIllusions.

In 1988, MicroIllusions released a Macintosh version of Photon Paint.

 

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ZCam – 1999

ZCam is a brand of time-of-flight camera products for video applications by Israeli developer 3DV Systems. The ZCam supplements full-color video camera imaging with real-time range imaging information, allowing for the capture of video in 3D.

The original ZCam,[fn 1] released in 2000,[4] was an ENG video camera add-on used for digital video compositing.[5][6] Before agreeing in March 2009[7] to sell its assets to Microsoft,[8] 3DV had planned to release a ranging video webcam (previously called the Z-Sense), also under the name ZCam.[fn 1] The ZCam webcam was one of several competing real-time range imaging camera products in development that target home game controller applications

I was in charge of all software and algorithms for the camera and its application from its start at 1996 till 2004.

 

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Local.live Street Side Technical Preview – Feb. 2006

4 months after moving from Microsoft research to Virtual Earth we released a technical preview that showed Street Side images in Seattle and San Francisco centers. The preview allows the user to ‘drive’ a car in the streets, and view images of the streets. This was first on-line service for immersive 360 experiances of street. All the project was developed by me, with the help of Bard Snow (web page programing) and Rick Welsh (Graphic design).

 

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Automatic geopositioning of Flickr™ images in Bing maps – Feb. 2010

Michael Kroepfl and I worked on a matching user images (both with initial guess for location, as well as general ones) to Bing maps street images. The result was shipped as a Bing Maps application on Feb 2010, and was shown at TED 2010. 

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Semantically tagging the maps with crowd data – Apr. 2010

Michael Kroepfl and I worked on attaching semantic tags to maps based on labels such as found in Flickr™ images. A service that is based on this work was demonstrated at Where 2.0 2011 and is accessible on the web.

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Microsoft Touch Mouse – Aug. 2011

Although I was NOT involved in the development of the product, it is based on a work, started by Hrvoje Benko and I,  and was later incorporate in our UIST paper, and in our Patent. ,

IllumiRoom: Peripheral Projected Illusions for Interactive Experiences

 

  Illumiroom – Jan 2013

 IllumiRoom is a proof-of-concept system from Microsoft Research. It augments the area surrounding a television screen with projected visualizations to enhance the traditional living room entertainment experience