Tag Archives: Microsoft

The Lumiere project: The origins and science behind Microsoft’s Office Assistant

I think by now just about everyone has heard about the most annoying feature to have been included in a commercial piece of software. I am talking, of course, about Clippy, the Microsoft Office Assistant that many loved to hate. Clippy was first included in the 1997 release of the Office suite and continued to… Read More »

Open source Touchless SDK

The keyboard and mouse have become the standard interface devices for computer input and they are not likely to give up the top spot any time soon. Speech recognition has yet to provide a viable alternative regardless of the effort put in it by several large companies including IBM and Microsoft. Touch screens have recently… Read More »

Microsoft’s Sphere computer

Seattle PI informs us of a new multi-touch display from Microsoft that utilizes technology similar to the company’s Surface computer but instead of a flat screen it has a spherical one. The video below shows a Microsoft engineer demonstrating the Sphere computer and also discussing the motivation behind its design. I don’t see this being… Read More »

Microsoft forms alliance with Tmsuk robot manufacturer

Microsoft and Tmsuk have announced a new partnership that will have Microsoft’s Robotics Studio powering Tmsuk’s robots. Tmsuk is a Japanese robot manufacturer that has been building robots since 1992. The large collection of robots Tmsuk has developed ranges from traditional wheeled robots to humanoids; the robots are designed for a number of different applications… Read More »

Microsoft’s Robotics Studio under fire by the academic community

I just came across a blog post by Gregory Dudek who is a professor and director of the McGill Research Center for Intelligent Machines in Montreal, Canada, about Microsoft’s efforts to promote their robot development platform at the recently concluded International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2007.) Dudek reports that Microsoft’s Tandy Trower gave… Read More »

Christopher M. Bishop’s pattern recognition and machine learning textbook is pure gold

Last week, I finally received my copy of C. M. Bishop’s new textbook titled Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning. After reading through it for the last few days, I have to admit that this is one of the most comprehensive and up to date textbooks on the subject available today. Bishop who is a research… Read More »

Microsoft Robotics Studio Release 1.0 available for download

Earlier this week, Microsoft’s robotics group officially released version 1.0 of the Microsoft Robotics Studio, a new robot development environment. Microsoft Robotics Studio is free for non-commercial use. It costs $399 for a commercial use license. The software allows novice users to develop robotics software using a drag-and-drop interface. Advanced users with programming skills can… Read More »