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Microsoft’s Curtain Call Keynote at CES gets the Pogo Treatment

Posted: January 11th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Microsoft, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Microsoft’s Curtain Call Keynote at CES gets the Pogo Treatment

The end of an Era. Microsoft has drawn the curtain on an industry institution, The Microsoft Keynote at CES. For the past 15 years they have had a grip on the podium that kicks off America’s largest consumer and electronics show. This is the show that every Technoid worth his weight in silicon attends. Like Mecca it is every noids duty to make the journey at least once in their life time. With Steve Ballmer and Ryan Seacrest taking center stage for Microsoft’s final keynote address to the CES the attending Technorati seemed to have given the final show a collective Meh. Still Ballmer did his best to emulate a living human being with an intact sense of humor.

In honor of this auspicious occasion Australian techno – doff doff – remix masters Pogo have pulled together a salute to the partnership. It’s funny, it’s moving and it will get you tapping your toes. With the highlights of 15 years of keynote events presented in 120 seconds Pogo have packed in the memorable moments. With enough source material to give the best reality TV show an entertaining run for its money Pogo selected from 11 Bill Gates speeches – blue screen of death included -, 4 speeches from pre-eminent monkey man Steve Ballmer, 8 celebrity guests – including the Rock – and far too many interview sweaters to count. Read the full article »»»»


Kinect SDK, Developers Waving Madly

Posted: April 24th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Kinect SDK, Developers Waving Madly

http://www.technoid.com.au/Microsoft in February announced the release of the software developers kit – SDK – for their now ubiquitous hands free controller, the Kinect. This is the part of the Kinects software that lets clever programs use its various functions. The kit itself won’t be released till September but the release does open the Kinect up to all developers.

Officially allowing anyone to build the Kinects functions into any software. Write a game and want to allow players to use the Kinect to play, use the SDK to develop that part of the game’s code.

While not all of us are ready to start waving our arms around to change channels the SDK will allow experimental development to be done officially and released as a product, no one wants to invest in a hacking idea. This will also have the effect of legitimize all of the hacking work done so far.

The technical documentation will be available in the kit, removing any guess-work  and allowing even more imaginative uses for the Kinect. There are already teams working on visually controlled surgical robots, visual aids for the blind and new games that use the Kinect :: Read the full article »»»»