Microsoft Teases Smart Home Technology With HomeOS

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Closeup of a stone sign bearing the Microsoft logo in gold letters at an entrance to Microsoft's Redmond campus at the intersection of 40th St and 159th Ave. Taken in April 2005 by Derrick Coetzee, who releases all rights to the work and releases it into the public domain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Microsoft is developing a new operating system which strives to make your home environment smarter.  As now, Microsoft named this new operating system as HomeOS.  The video which I will post within this blog post will demonstrate some of the applications that HomeOS is capable of.  Within this very video, the speaker brings up the point that we have all the ingredients of making a home environment smarter today, but the idea of making smart home environment has not yet caught fire since there isn’t a solution that can save the homeowners time and money in deploying smart home environment.  For instance, if you want to have a smart home environment today, you must have deep knowledge of how to piece together various technologies and this costs time and money since doing research on these new technologies can cost time and new technologies often come with expensive price tags — getting down and dirty to install these technologies can also cost time.  Microsoft strives to bring smart home environment to homeowners the easy way through HomeOS.  Nonetheless, we cannot yet know if HomeOS will be a common product of the future which in itself will drive the growth of spidery web of smart home products.  For all we know, Microsoft might just let HomeOS stays as a concept.  Anyhow, please check out the video right after the break to see what might be the home of the future through the use of HomeOS technology from Microsoft.

Afterthought:  Let just hope smart home technology will emphasize on energy efficiency and environmental friendliness.

Microsoft Researches On Bringing About Augmented Reality To Life With Kinect

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Few movies had been made to tackle the idea of blending virtuality with reality in away that gamers could not discern the differences between reality and otherwise.  Of course, I don’t think Microsoft is anywhere near in engineering such a feat, but I think they’re definitely onto something close to that.  Perhaps, I’m wrong about how close or how far Microsoft’s research department has progressed toward such a goal.  Still, it doesn’t matter, because the more they try, I guess it’s safely to assume that the more awesome there might be for such possibilities (i.e., technology) to come about and bring a host of benefits not only to gaming industry but to other industries as well.  I think medical industry might reap great benefits from this kind of futuristic technology.

Microsoft goes far by implementing a technology which partly uses Kinect to either permanently or temporarily blend the augmented reality and virtuality onto physical coordinates.  The projections of the augmented reality and virtuality can be applied on any surface.  Microsoft’s research department were even able to projected augmented virtuality and virtuality onto a hand of a human.  I’ve hinted before that this kind of technology might lead us to something much more awesome, but nobody knows for sure what that will be yet.  What I can imagine is that by combining holographic technology and what Microsoft is working on now (i.e., the technology we’re talking about in this article) into the same environment can be even more dazzling.

I had written an article “Imagining The TV Of The Future, Don’t Laugh!” — this article proposes on why TV of the future might be very different in a way that users might be able to change the reality of the ongoing scenes inside the TV.  The article also suggests how users might be able to project movie scenes into reality with no consequences whatsoever since the projections are digital and nothing more.  The article also suggests the injections of either a personal avatar or oneself into the movie scenes as if virtual reality or augmented reality is happening.  Perhaps, the article’s suggestions aren’t so outright nut, because Microsoft’s research department is doing something just as awesome!


Microsoft HoloDesk Allows Users To Interact With Digital Objects As If They Are Handling Partly Real Objects

Ladies and gentlemen, now we have the technology that might surpass the advance interactive user interface of the Minority Report.  Microsoft HoloDesk is a research project of a research branch of Microsoft.  The research branch is appropriately named as Microsoft Research.  Microsoft HoloDesk allows users to interactively reach out and touch the digital objects as if the digital objects are partly real objects.  Partly real objects you ask?  Well, I don’t think these digital objects are capable of replicating real objects’ textures and smells, and so users won’t be able to feel the textures and sense the unique senses of the digital objects just yet.  Perhaps, one day Microsoft might come up with a way to allow users to feel digital objects’ textures and unique senses while using HoloDesk.  Check out the video right after the break to see HoloDesk in action.

Minority Report has Tom Cruise manipulates images and information through finger and hand gestures.  HoloDesk allows users to interact with digital images and information and digital objects as if the digital objects are partly real objects.  When comparing Minority Report’s advance interactive user interface against HoloDesk, I think HoloDesk is way cooler.  How?  HoloDesk is able to create the illusion of having users handling digital objects in the manners of how people handling real objects.  Minority Report’s advance interactive user interface isn’t depicting such illusion, and so it’s not as cool as HoloDesk.  I might be wrong, but I think even before HoloDesk’s presence, people were able to interact with digital images and information through finger and hand gestures.  Minority Report’s advance interactive user interface isn’t new, but HoloDesk is!