Videos

Microsoft’s underwater datacenter: Project Natick

2 years ago
Introducing Microsoft Project Natick, a Microsoft research project to manufacture and operate an underwater datacenter. The initial experimental prototype vessel, christened the Leona Philpot after a popular Xbox game character, was operated on the seafloor approximately one kilometer off the Pacific coast of the United States from August to November of 2015. Project Natick reflects […]

MobileFusion: Create 3D scans with your mobile phone

2 years ago
MobileFusion is a research project that turns ordinary mobile phones into 3D scanners without any additional hardware. The resulting 3D scans are detailed enough for 3D printing or use in augmented-reality games. Read more: blogs.technet.com/b/inside_microsoft_research/archive/2015/08/24/3d-scans-with-mobile-phones-mobilefusion-research-project.aspx

Haptic Retargeting: Dynamic Repurposing of Passive Haptics for Enhanced Virtual Reality Experiences

2 years ago
Manipulating a virtual object with appropriate passive haptic cues provides a satisfying sense of presence in virtual reality. However, scaling such experiences to support multiple virtual objects is a challenge as each one needs to be accompanied with a precisely-located haptic proxy object. We propose a solution that overcomes this limitation by hacking human perception. […]

SemanticPaint: Interactive 3D Labelling and Learning at your Fingertips

2 years ago
We present a new interactive approach to 3D scene understanding. Our system, SemanticPaint, allows users to simultaneously scan their environment, whilst interactively segmenting the scene simply by reaching out and touching any desired object or surface. Our system continuously learns from these segmentations, and labels new unseen parts of the environment. Unlike offline systems, where […]
Thinga.Me, a Microsoft Garage Project.

Thinga.Me, a Microsoft Garage Project.

1 year ago
Thinga.Me offers the best and most compelling way of digitally capturing the physical things that matter in your life. Archive your kids artwork, show off your cool set of collectibles, keep track of the stuff in your basement. The choice is yours. Thinga.Me is available for the iPhone and is currently an invite-only release. Sign […]

Improving the Halo 5 multiplayer experience

2 years ago
Senior researcher Rob DeLine describes how the Halo team uses Trill, a high-performance in-memory incremental analytics engine, and Tempe, a web service for exploratory data analysis, to monitor and quickly improve the Xbox gaming experience. research.microsoft.com/

Thumb + Pen Interaction on Tablets

7 months ago
Thumb + Pen Interaction on Tablets addresses the simultaneous, and complementary, use of pen & touch modalities for interaction in laptop scenarios, such as when using a Surface tablet on the couch, where the nonpreferred hand must often hold the device itself. In this case, the thumb is available and sufficiently mobile to manipulate many […]

Augmenting the Field-of-View of Head-Mounted Displays with Sparse Peripheral Displays

2 years ago
We explore the concept of a sparse peripheral display, which augments the field-of-view of a head-mounted display with a lightweight, low-resolution, inexpensively produced array of LEDs surrounding the central high-resolution display. We show that sparse peripheral displays expand the available field-of-view up to 190º horizontal, nearly filling the human field-of-view. We prototyped two proof-of-concept implementations […]

Microsoft Translator: License to Translate

2 years ago
Introducing Microsoft Translator’s new conversation feature for iOS and Android– translate face to face conversations in a more natural way by simultaneously using your smartwatch and phone! It uses the same Microsoft Translator speech translation engine that powers Skype Translator and is optimized for translating full conversations, not just short sentences. Communicate in a more […]
Mobile Holoportation

Mobile Holoportation

12 months ago
This video is a short demonstration of our research efforts to make Holoportation truly mobile. Learn more about Holoportation and this update on our Research Project web page: www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/project/holoportation-3/ View the Holoportation demo video (previous work) here: youtu.be/7d59O6cfaM0 For questions please contact us at holoportation@microsoft.com.

Machine learning’s next evolution: Machine teaching

2 years ago
Microsoft researchers are at the forefront of machine teaching: an effort to help people without a machine learning background teach their systems to get better based on experience. Learn more about machine teaching: blogs.microsoft.com/next/?p=54083

Photo Story automatically generates stylized story compilations for easy sharing

2 years ago
Photo Story, a new Windows Phone app, automatically chooses the best representative photos of an event and organizes them into a themed video, complete with stylized music and editing, that you can easily share via email or social media. Learn more and download the free app: blogs.microsoft.com/next/2015/08/13/new-app-creates-stylized-story-compilations-from-your-photos/