Microsoft Research bets on a 'no-touch' future of wearable devices

Microsoft's Research team in Cambridge opened its doors last week to offer a sneak peek at the future. Microsoft has spent nearly $30 billion on research and development over the past three years, and this particular lab — consisting of over 100 researchers mainly from Europe — has contributed to Bing, Xbox Kinect, and the functional programming language F#.

Microsoft is now looking well ahead into the future of computing and how user interfaces and the way we interact with machines will change. During an open house, the software maker demonstrated a variety of ways that the company is looking to improve its Kinect sensor and use it for an augmented reality future. From Kinect Fusion, that creates an interactive real-time 3D model of the environment, to Kinect-infused augmented projectors, where projection-based devices are "aware" of their environment — Microsoft is focused on a world of sensors and cameras.

"In the future we will see more and more, we believe, of no-touch computing," says Andrew Blake, a Microsoft Distinguished Scientist and the Laboratory Director of Microsoft Research Cambridge. "There is something rather compelling about such a free style of interaction, breaking free from the desktop and being much more expressive." This type of interaction was originally applied to Microsoft's Kinect camera for gaming, a popular accessory that took the idea of controller-free gaming to the masses. It's now crossing over to additional devices that might serve to assist Kinect in mapping out the real world for a computer. 

Audiofly Forms Alliance with The Independent Music Awards to Support Independent Musicians

"Audiofly's team is comprised of gigging musicians, who also happen to be audio engineers, designers and marketers, so they really understand the challenges facing independent musicians. They seem to be as committed as we are to helping amazing indie artists and releases from around the world find new fans and prominence," said Martin Folkman, Founder of Music Resource Group, parent company of The Independent Music Awards and the music industry contact database, The Musician's Atlas.

Bell Media Deploys Haivision HD H.264 Makito(TM) Encoders and Decoders

Haivision today announced that Bell Media, Canada's premier multimedia company and owner of CTV, purchased Makito(TM) low-latency, high-performance H.264 encoders and decoders for CTV use.

Blue Sky Energy, Inc. Helps to Spur Solar Job Growth through Charitable Giving

A U.S. solar manufacturer's relationship with renewable education workshops is helping the expansion of the solar industry.

Europe half-way to "Digital Heaven"


Haivision at I/ITSEC 2012

Haivision, JITC Certified for 1080p HD performance, will feature a range of solutions at I/ITSEC 2012 that address the needs of those government and military professionals responsible for providing the highest level of quality training, modeling, and simulation technologies in the field.

Meridian Opens First US Boutique

Located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida


Available to CI dealers exclusively in Europe, Middle East and Africa through the region's master distributor Amber International.

InfoComm University returns to ISE in 2013

Choice of 25 education sessions to suit wide range of delegate needs

Tripp Lite to showcase full line of infrastructure solutions at Datacenter Dynamics Toronto

Tailored to deliver enhanced knowledge and networking opportunities to professionals that design, build, and operate datacenters.

Smart-e reveal new digital and 'digital-analogue fusion' AV equipment at ISE 2013

AV designer and manufacturer Smart-e Limited will reveal its new collection of digital and 'HDMI-analogue fusion' AV solutions at ISE 2013 (hall 4, stand no. 4U72).

BMB Electronics New Insteon Distributor

Veen - The Netherlands - Insteon announced today that BMB Electronics has signed a distribution agreement for Europe to sell and support Insteon's product line.

Neets EasyConnect - Complete AV Connectivity and Control for Your Tabletop.

All necessary connections are readily accessible, right on the tabletop or lectern, inside this durable metal enclosure.


Crestron is expanding the popular DigitalMedia™ Presentation System (DMPS) line to include a complete family of all-in-one digital presentation solutions. The expanded DMPS line is engineered to meet the demanding requirements and budgets of all customers. The DMPS-100-C and DMPS-200-C join DMPS-300-C to offer the most feature-rich presentation solutions for boardrooms, conference rooms and classrooms of all sizes.

Ten years after its debut, projectiondesign® prepares for biggest-ever ISE

Panorama projectors, new planning, installation and management software and much more on show in Amsterdam

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