Jan 9, 2011

New Microsoft Surface 2.0 and InfoStrat's Surface 2.0 Information Visualization Controls

Microsoft Surface 2.0 was unveiled at CES 2011 a few days ago,  the result of a collaboration between Microsoft and Samsung.  Surface 2.0 is a step up!  The 40 inch 1080p high-definition LCD display no longer requires a projection/camera system, which clears the area below the screen  of bulky hardware.  The best part about Surface 2.0, in my opinion, is that it doesn't have to be used as a table.  It can be configured in a variety of ways, even mounted on walls.   For this reason, it will be useful in a variety of settings and situations.


Below is a quote about Surface 2.0 from Steve Ballmer's recent keynote address at CES 2011 that outlines the new technology that is embedded in the Surface 2.0 display:


"But what's really amazing about this technology, what really makes it magical, is the sensor itself. So, those first-generation Surface PCs needed cameras underneath that would look up to try to see what was going on. But what we have here is called PixelSense. PixelSense is new technology we've invented where there's infrared sensors all across this screen. Every single pixel is actually acting as a camera. The PC, the Surface here, can actually see." -Steve Ballmer:  My Keynote Address at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show" (Huffington Post, 1/6/2011)





The good news is that developers have been busy at work to create applications for Surface 2.0. Below is a video demonstration of what the folks at InfoStrat have recently created to support collaborative information visualization activities:







Here's the information about the controls from the Infostratcville YouTube channel:

"This is a sneak preview of a suite of data visualization controls developed by InfoStrat for Microsoft Surface 2.0. The controls will be made available as open source software at no charge on CodePlex.com in the first half of 2011."


"This data visualization control suite provides multi-touch versions of the following controls:
- DeepZoom multi-resolution image control that allows high performance display of very high-resolution imagery
- PowerPoint Viewer which enables slide decks to be arranged and presented using multi-touch
- PivotViewer chart control that allows dynamic sorting and categorization of data
- PhysicsCanvas which provides an infinite, dynamic canvas for viewing and organizing content"




RELATED
Josh Blake's post:  "Microsoft Surface 2.0 Data Visualization Controls by InfoStrat" 
Microsoft Surface Blog: "Microsoft and Samsung Unveil the Next Generation of Surface"


PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

9 a.m. PST
January 6, 2010
InfoStrat Releases Next-Generation Data Visualization Controls for Microsoft Surface 2.0
Washington DC – January 6, 2010 – InfoStrat today announced plans to support Microsoft Surface 2.0 by releasing a control suite that accelerates the development of next-generation multi-touch data visualizations. The controls will be made available as open source software at no charge on CodePlex.com in the first half of 2011.
This data visualization control suite provides multi-touch versions of the following controls:
§ Deep Zoom multi-resolution image control that allows high performance display of very high-resolution imagery
§ PowerPoint Viewer which enables slide decks to be arranged and presented using multi-touch
§ Pivot Viewer chart control that allows dynamic sorting and categorization of data
§ Physics Canvas which provides an infinite, dynamic canvas for viewing and organizing content
Other features of the controls:
§ Works on both Microsoft Surface and Microsoft Windows 7 with touch
§ A single application built with the data visualization framework can support multiple hardware form factors including: horizontal multi-touch tables, tablets, and large format vertical touch screens
§ Innovative object recognition to enable rapid data manipulations (only on Microsoft Surface)
Watch a sneak preview of the control suite on YouTube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEVtjHlrf4I
InfoStrat is a member of Microsoft’s Technology Adoption Program (TAP) for Microsoft Surface. As a Microsoft Surface 2.0 TAP member, InfoStrat receives early access to hardware and software, allowing InfoStrat to gain expertise and influence the development of the product before it was released to the public.
In 2008, InfoStrat solved the problem of using Bing Maps 3D on Microsoft Surface in a way that performed well and was WPF-friendly. InfoStrat open-sourced the solution as a reusable control for the WPF and Surface community. Since then, the control has received over 120,000 page views and has over 8200 downloads, and has also been featured in many of our own applications. This control, known as InfoStrat.VE, has become one of the most popular controls for building mapping applications on Microsoft Surface: http://bingmapswpf.codeplex.com
“We are proud to be part of the Microsoft Surface development community,” according to Jim Townsend, president of InfoStrat, “and excited about the possibilities of Microsoft’s new version of Surface.”
Microsoft Surface provides a new way to experience and use information and digital content, engaging the senses, improving collaboration and empowering people to interact. Microsoft Surface is at the forefront of developing software and hardware that uses vision-based technology to fundamentally change the way people use computing devices. More information can be found at http://www.surface.com.
Information Strategies ("InfoStrat") is an award-winning Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and a Microsoft Surface Strategic Partner and member of the Technology Adopter Program.
For more information, press only:
Josh Wall, InfoStrat, (202) 364-8822 ext. 202, joshw@infostrat.com
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