My 2 Cents: It’s been a while since i have posted anything but when I saw this proof of concept for Microsoft’s Surface, I just has to post it. In the past I have only been seeing different flash animations that utilized surface’s multi-touch interface but in this case you really see the potential of this technology.
It does not hurt that I am a fan of Dungeons & Dragons but the way that this was executed was too nice…I really can not wait to get my hands on this…too nice
We’ve seen some fancy applications for Microsoft’s Surface, the touchable, strokable, caressable computing device/big-ass table, but not a single one has made us twitter in nerdy glee like Surfacescapes. Created by a team at Carnegie Mellon University, it’s an implementation of Dungeons & Dragons in 3D, something that has of course been done dozens and dozens of times before, but this is different. Way different.
My 2 Cents: I love this stuff…now here is a beautiful vid that Microsoft put out showing us their view on where the world of technology is heading. Right not the possibilities seem to be without bounds…and I think that TOUCH technology is driving all of this new innovations and that it does not matter if its be on a phone / computer / table … only how it can be integrated into our everyday lives seems to be the goal…very inspiring…at least I think so…
At the recent Wharton Business Technology Conference, Steven Elop, president of Microsoft’s business division, unveiled the latest future montage video from Microsoft Office Labs. The video, known simply as 2019, provides a sneak peek at the future according to Microsoft.
The widespread use of surface and touchscreen devices coupled with ubiquitous wireless connectivity provides a future worthy of any science fiction novel. It is an interesting watch and will be even more interesting as the future unfolds and we see which of these technologies come to fruition. Hit the jump for the video.
My 2 Cents: Now here is nice little piece of news for all ya Netflix members that have been using your account primarily on your XBOX360. Seems that you will now be able to to sign-up for “Streaming Only”…hopefully this will be rolled out pretty soon :O)
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Netflix Inc Chief Financial Officer Barry McCarthy said on Wednesday it plans to offer its online streaming service on a stand-alone basis.
"We’re likely to do that in the foreseeable future," McCarthy said at the Jefferies 5th annual Internet and Media conference in New York.
Netflix customers currently pay a fixed monthly subscription fee for access to the company’s popular by-mail DVD service, with about 100,000 titles, as well as its online streaming service, with more than 12,000 titles available for viewing.
Netflix recently said it had hit 10 million subscribers, and said last month its stronger-than-expected quarterly results were propelled by growth in its Web video streaming service.
The Watch Instantly streaming service was first available only on personal computers, but is now offered through various devices, including the Roku set-top boxes, Microsoft Corp’s Xbox, and LG Electronics Inc products.
McCarthy stressed the company still remains focused on providing a bundled offering, but said he understands that some viewers will find a stand-alone streaming service to be compelling, particularly as more compatible devices become prevalent.
My 2 Cents: This is nice little post for all ya that have been waiting for Microsoft to get off there asses and try and compete in the mobile phone market. From first looks there does not seem to be any real earth-shattering changes but it would be nice to get this OS on some older devices…chk out the vid below for a better feel…
Hopefully we will have something to play with sooner rather than later :O)
We saw a Touch Diamond2 running old-skool Windows Mobile 6.1 this morning — and don’t get us wrong, the hardware’s pretty hot, but who really wants that noise when we’ve got the same thing running Windows Mobile 6.5 a few blocks away? Shortly after the fanfare of Microsoft’s press conference today, we were ushered downstairs for a walkthrough on a freshly-flashed Touch Diamond2 of virtually everything that makes 6.5 different from the versions before it, and while we’re not blown away by the sheer freshness or paradigm-shiftyness of what we’re seeing here, it’s a totally acceptable bump of 0.4 in the version number. Let’s put it this way: we still have a burning desire in our hearts and our loins for 7.0, whenever that happens. Follow the break for video and some key highlights!
The new locking screen is very cool. Not the jazziest looking we’ve ever seen, but the added functionality of being able to go straight to specific screens of the phone — screens you’re particularly interested in when coming out of standby — is great. Someone should’ve thought of this long ago.
The home screen is a love-it-or-hate-it affair — the gesture used to navigate it might be a bit difficult to get used to. There’s a focused bar for each piece of information on the screen; it needs to be dragged from item to item to highlight, which is where we could see ourselves getting a little hung up. The left / right gestures to move through pieces of information in a single category (tasks or calendar items throughout the day, for example) makes a boatload of information accessible from the home screen, but it might be too much — if you’re busy, seeing your whole calendar this way could take a few minutes and leave you with a sore thumb. Also, the left / right thing makes less sense for some of the items — bookmarks, for example. Who’s going to thumb through their bookmarks one at a time?
Windows Media Player is a total unchanged carry-over from 6.1 — a major disappointment for anyone hoping that the Zune influence on the 6.5’s home screen would be pervasive throughout the platform. Actually, a major disappointment, period.
6.5 is resistive only. It doesn’t support capacitive touchscreens.
The on-screen keyboard looks cool, but you’ll see some struggles typing engadget.com in the video — possibly related to the resistive nature of the screen. Bottom line, 6.5 isn’t 100 percent finger-friendly. (Besides, it turns out that the keyboard is HTC’s, not Microsoft’s; as far as we know, the stock board is unchanged from 6.1).
Scrolling is generally choppy, especially in the honeycomb menus. We’re hoping this resolves itself prior to launch — the software’s still in alpha, after all — but we’re not holding our breath. The "springboard" action when scrolling is new to WinMo and works well, but what’s the point when you’re struggling with speed?
IE Mobile seems to render beautifully in the sites we’ve seen, but the zoom slider seems difficult to actuate with a finger — possibly just because it’s slow to respond. We think part of the perception that the zooming functionality is low-performance stems from the fact that it’s stepped, not smooth. Hard to say if 6.5 has the raw horsepower to do smooth scrolling, though (and to be fair, Android and the iPhone "cheat" by filling in areas with a checkerboard pattern to speed things up, so no one’s really nailed this).
The finger-friendly menus seem unintuitive even to our demonstrator, mainly because they don’t support swipe-based scrolling. Instead, the user taps arrows at the top and bottom of the context menu to navigate.