At its annual Microsoft Research (MSR) showcase event, Microsoft plans to show off a host of new technologies in the works, including a new Mobile Surface technology and new advancements in cloud computing, according to published reports.
At its annual Microsoft
showcase event, Microsoft plans to show off a host of new
technologies in the works, including a new Mobile
technology and new advancements in cloud computing, according to published
The Microsoft Research event, known as TechFest 2010, will feature what
Microsoft refers to as its "Mobile Surface," a mobile version of the
company's Surface technology, which is currently available on a large table
According to a description from the Microsoft Research site:
"Our goal is to bring Microsoft Surface experience to mobile scenarios, and
more importantly, to enable 3D interaction with mobile devices. We do research
on how to transform any surface (e.g., a coffee table or a piece of paper) to
Mobile Surface with a mobile device and a camera-projector system. Besides
this, our work also includes how to get 3D object model in real-time, augmented
reality and multiple-layer 3D information presentation."
Among other new technologies Microsoft is slated to display at TechFest are
two new developments known as "Cloud
The Cloud Mouse technology is described as "a secure key
to every user's cloud data. And, with six degrees of freedom and with tactile
feedback, the cloud mouse will enable users to orchestrate, interact with, and
engage with their data as if they were inside the cloud."
Cloud Faster is the overall name for two projects, including the
"Application Proxies at the Edge," (wide-area TCP)
and "DCTCP Transport Optimization for Datacenters."
A description of the project on the MSR site said:
"To make cloud computing work, we must make applications run substantially
faster, both over the Internet and within data centers. Our measurements of
real applications show that today's protocols fall short, leading to slow
page-load times across the Internet and congestion collapses inside the data
center. We have developed a new suite of architectures and protocols that boost
performance and the robustness of communications to overcome these problems."
TechFest 2010 will be open to Microsoft employees and some customers and
partners only. However, the software giant invited a select group of press and
bloggers to see previews of some of the upcoming technology the company is
working on in its research labs. The MSR showcase officially opens March 2.
Todd Bishop of TechFlash-who witnessed a preview demonstration-reports that
MSR also will show off a "Translating
which will translate from one language to another so that
users on a phone call who do not speak the same language can successfully