inFORM – Interacting With a Dynamic Shape Display

inFORM is a Dynamic Shape Display that can render 3D content physically, so users can interact with digital information in a tangible way. inFORM can also interact with the physical world around it, for example moving objects on the table’s surface. Remote participants in a video conference can be displayed physically, allowing for a strong sense of presence and the ability to interact physically at a distance. inFORM is a step toward our vision of Radical Atoms: tangible.media.mit.edu/vision/

tangible.media.mit.edu/project/inform/

IllumiRoom projects images beyond your TV for an immersive gaming experience

IllumiRoom is a proof-of-concept Microsoft Research project designed to push the boundary of living room immersive entertainment by blending our virtual and physical worlds with projected visualizations. The effects in the video are rendered in real time and are captured live — not special effects added in post processing.

IllumiRoom project was designed by:
Brett Jones, Hrvoje Benko, Eyal Ofek and Andy Wilson

More info: http://research.microsoft.com/projects/illumiroom/

 

Software Enables Avatar to Reproduce Our Emotion in Real Time

A virtual character produces the same facial expressions as its user. It makes a video game, chat, or an animated film both fun and fast. Faceshift, an EPFL spin-off, launches its software on the market today. http://www.faceshift.com

Kinect Fusion Coming to Kinect for Windows

Kinect Fusion was first developed as a research project at the Microsoft Research lab in Cambridge, U.K.  As soon as the Kinect for Windows community saw it, they began asking us to include it in our SDK. Now, I’m happy to report that the Kinect for Windows team is, indeed, working on incorporating it and will have it available in a future release.

Yeah! :-)

More info: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/kinectforwindows/archive/2012/11/05/kinect-fusion-coming-to-kinect-for-windows.aspx

Fresh Paint

Meet Fresh Paint – a delightfully real and fun painting app for you, and your friends and family. Because, you are creative. We all are.  We were born that way. From tiny, jam-slathered fingerprints to the earliest scrawls of a crayon self-expression is a fundamental human urge.  Creation is as natural as breathing. It bubbles up in your posts, through doodles, tricked out cars, amazing gardens, or knitted cozies. It longs to get out and onto the canvas of your life. We believe that brilliant, creative ideas can come from anyone, anytime – for within everyone, from moms, to nurses, firefighters, accountants, children and grandparents, there is a creative genius awaiting release.   It is time to set your creativity free. Welcome to Fresh Paint – the canvas for your big ideas.
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KinÊtre: A Novel Way To Bring Computer Animations To Life

KinÊtre is a research project from Microsoft Research Cambridge that allows novice users to scan physical objects and bring them to life in seconds by using their own bodies to animate them. This system has a multitude of potential uses for interactive storytelling, physical gaming, or more immersive communications.

Find out more at http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/animateworld/