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Speech recognition breakthrough for the spoken, translated word

Chief Research Officer Rick Rashid demonstrates a speech recognition breakthrough via machine translation that converts his spoken English words into computer-generated Chinese language. The breakthrough is patterned after deep neural networks and significantly reduces errors in spoken as well as written translation.

Watch it completely. At the end there is also something cool 😉

SAPER – Sensor Amplified Perception for Explosives Recognition


SAPER is a mobile solution which identifies hidden improvised explosive devices and landmines utilizing magnetic field distortion. SAPER transforms Smartphone into a personal portable dangerous explosives detector and a ground scanner which can be successfully adopted in real life scenarios by civilians.

Gesture Recognition with Next-Generation Webcam

This project presents next-generation webcam hardware and software prototypes. The new prototype webcam has an extremely wider view angle than traditional webcams and can capture stereo movie and high-accuracy depth images simultaneously. Users can chat with stereoscopic video. Accurate depth-image processing can support not only all Kinect scenarios on a PC, but also a gesture-control user interface without a touch screen. Besides computer vision, the webcam includes a hardware accelerator and a new image-sensor design. The cost of the design is similar to that of current webcams, and the webcam potentially could be miniaturized as a mobile camera. The project showcases new user scenarios in playing games with this webcam.

Find out more about Microsoft Research projects.

Facebook face recognition

I just went to a picture on Facebook without tags and hovered with my mouse on the picture. When I moved my mouse in the direction of a face, it automatically recognized that it was a person. Did not need to click the “Tag this picture” link first.

I have not seen this before… New feature?