The Gestures of Microsoft Research, A Walking Tour

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Kevin Schofield is the guy responsible for moving technologies out of Microsoft Research (MSR) and into Microsoft’s product. We don’t talk much about that on this tour but because he knows everyone we get an in-depth look at three of the things MSR is working on. In the tour you’ll meet Eric Horvitz, Eric oversees the Adaptive Systems & Interaction area, ground zero for artificial intelligence research at MSR. Whatever you do, don’t miss the last demo, which starts about 36 minutes into the tour — you’ll meet Andy Wilson who is working with cameras to find a new way to control computers.


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32 Responses to “The Gestures of Microsoft Research, A Walking Tour”

  1. Microsoft Research Gestures at Me (video) « Scobleizer - Tech Geek Blogger Says:

    […] Really great walking tour with Kevin Schofield of Microsoft Research. […]

  2. Take a 50-minute walking tour through Microsoft Research « Digged Stories Says:

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  3. Robert Scoble Says:

    Don’t miss the plug of Valleyschwag either.

    http://www.valleyschwag.com/

  4. MSFT Research Revealed! « Tweblog.com - Toby Getsch Says:

    […] Well, ok, a little revealed.  This ScobleShow video is pretty cool.  If I saw something like that when I was in elementary school, it totally would have captured all of my attention to want to go make things like that as my job.  It’s just so cool. […]

  5. Niall Says:

    Hey whats up with the quicktime .mov file format?? (I run Vista and don’t want quicktime to touch it). Given that its a video on Microsoft technologies - how about making it available in .WMV too?..

  6. Albert Says:

    The show is great, but I totally agree with Niall. I commented before that I do not want quicktime on my real PC, so I have to watch this .mov stuff on an old, crummy computer

  7. Wycieczka po Microsoft Research « ITandMe Says:

    […] Chcecie wiedzieć, co ciekawego dzieje się w laboratoriach MS Research i nad czym pracują tęgie głowy pracowników MS? Jeśli tak, to zapraszam do obejżenia kolejnego odcinka Scoble Show. Na mnie największe wrażenie zrobiło to, co można zobaczyć po 36 minucie filmu. Sterowanie komputerem za pomocą gestów rąk to może być naprawdę “coś”. Link Posted by pmec Filed in Uncategorized […]

  8. Darcey Says:

    Interesting vid. That guy with the blue infocom T shirt looks like he could be Scobles identical twin.

    Is there any chance that these videos could be made available in a different format? Like anything other than quicktime.

  9. Robert Scoble Says:

    We will do other formats eventually. But how can you live without Quicktime? How will you get Rocketboom and Ze Frank?

    Heheh.

    Anyway, someone uploaded the important parts to YouTube. Look at how much worse the quality is. That’s why I’m using Quicktime. I want better quality. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtmwQnUlEmc

  10. Toby Getsch Says:

    Rocketboom has a wmv feed. WMP11 makes QT look really silly when viewing with the faster modes. I almost always watch this stuff at around 2 to 3 times speed (not Ze, he’s a little too fast for that). QT jumps around when viewing faster, and the audio stinks then. WMP11 did a great job making this very smooth, both for audio and video… It’s the only way I know of to get through the boring long parts of videos (yes, even yours, Robert ;) And, I need .wmv for mobile viewing… I can’t find any QT player for mobile… smartphones, etc….

    Executive Summary: I’d love .wmv formats soon too.

  11. Toby Getsch Says:

    FYI, the feed for tracking comments here isn’t working…

    “You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.”

    I haven’t had good luck with WP’s rendition of this. I’m using their hosting, and no custom CSS. Your setup is probably a little different w/ PodTech.

  12. Have you had your cute overload today? « Scobleizer - Tech Geek Blogger Says:

    […] If you watched my Microsoft Research video last night you’d know that eye track research shows that scrolling is good (the second demo we got there was with a guy who does EyeTrack research on how people use the Web). It’s why I argued to make PodTech’s pages scroll down so that surfers could scroll through the river and fish for interesting stuff. If you watch the MS Research video you’ll actually see how this works on an EyeTrack machine and we talk about why Live.com turned off its continuous scrolling capabilities (the engineers there couldn’t make it work smoothly on all browsers). Sphere It | Filed under: blogging @ 9:44 am # […]

  13. Hal Sampson Says:

    Have you seen Jeff Han’s multitouch gesture demo? Much more like Minority Report UI.

    http://ted.com/tedtalks/tedtalksplayer.cfm?key=j_han&flashEnabled=1

    “Here, he demonstrates—for the first time publicly—his intuitive, “interface-free,” touch-driven computer screen, which can be manipulated intuitively with the fingertips, and responds to varying levels of pressure. “

  14. Gerald Buckley Says:

    Mr. Scoble - Thank you for this TERRIFIC peak into MSR. Is there a snowball’s chance you could do this with Adobe, Apple, Nokia, Palm, RIM, Etc? Awesome stuff!

    (I think I know the answer re. Apple :) But, you don’t get what you don’t ask for. What a scoop THAT would be.

  15. Rory Says:

    Good video - I wish we were doing 16:9 over at C9 :|

    But, is it me, or did you put reverb on the soundtrack?

    I only ask because I could’ve sworn there was a bit of reverb on while you guys were walking outside, and the effect was odd. Almost surreal. As though your voices were bouncing off the atmosphere and coming back.

    Aside from that, nice - high quality.

    I’m watching to learn, by the way :) You’re certainly good at what you do, Mr. Scoble.

  16. Albert Says:

    Robert, cmon, Quicktime = better quality than wmp11? You must have mud in your eyes ;-) I gues what you really mean is that your camera doesn’t do wmv…

  17. daniel Says:

    Hey Scoble, 214 MB is very large maybe you post a low res version so people with lower bandwith can join it too ?
    Thank you very much and go on with the good work.

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  20. Naik’s News » Microsoft Research Gestures at Me (video) Says:

    […] Really great walking tour with Kevin Schofield of Microsoft Research. […]

  21. Naik’s News » Have you had your cute overload today? Says:

    […] If you watched my Microsoft Research video last night you’d know that eye track research shows that scrolling is good (the second demo we got there was with a guy who does EyeTrack research on how people use the Web). It’s why I argued to make PodTech’s pages scroll down so that surfers could scroll through the river and fish for interesting stuff. If you watch the MS Research video you’ll actually see how this works on an EyeTrack machine and we talk about why Live.com turned off its continuous scrolling capabilities (the engineers there couldn’t make it work smoothly on all browsers). […]

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  25. anon Says:

    This player is a miserable user experience. Why can’t I scrub through the video? Do I really have to sit through the entire video if I only want to show somebody a few moments at the end?

    If I even click on the scrub control, it starts the video over at the beginning, and there’s no way to go back to where I was.

    Doh!

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  27. designverb Says:

    […] Here’s a pretty interesting video tour into a few projects within Microsofts research team if you have an hour to spare. One intersting concept is a gestural interface from one’s keyboard using your hands. Is it useful, practical, or desirable is up to you to decide, but it’s good to see a variety of concepts working in reality… Watch it, ask questions later… […]

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  29. Microsoft gesture research turns hand into mouse | All Women’s Talk Says:

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