“The phone scans
for and exchanges information from other participating phones in its
neighbourhood, and reports processed information back to a central server for
aggregation and reporting. We are conducting a trial on Bangalore roads as of
now,” says Microsoft Research
Labs research manager of mobility networks
Dr Venkat Padmanabhan.
Another interesting application
is for sports
and betting websites for which Microsoft is reportedly in talks with ESPN and
FOX Networks for implementation. The technology works on probability algorithms
and presents the maximum chance of winning of a player depending upon his loss
or win at each stage in a tournament. “It can also be implemented to see
if Hillary Clinton stands to win against Barak Obama or vice versa but will
require very complex algorithms,” said a researcher.
application BLEWS – crawls the Blogosphere and categorizes news stories
according to the emotional charge they contain. For instance, if a news story
about Bush’s war on Iraq contains emotionally charged words –
it’s link will be marked with a blue or orange color
. Similarly, liberal
and conservative political blog posts and news stories are also segregated and
ranked by the crawler.
And if you think that you cannot type as fast
on the mobile or PDA keypad as on your PC’s, things may change now.
LucidTouch – a mobile-device interface that helps you use all your 10
fingers for typing by touching the back of the LCD keypad of a PDA
phone. “LucidTouch works on pseudo-transparency: By overlaying an image of
the user’s hands onto the screen, we create an illusion of the mobile
device itself being semi-transparent,” said a researcher associated with
And if you face a problem reading a website in Chinese
or Japanese, don’t fret. Xiaohua Liu, a researcher with National Language
Computing in Beijing tells ET: “A chat or any character typed in any other
language can simply be converted to English by using BiLingual Built in software
which MS is developing and may integrate into its products.”
But the start attraction of TechFest this year was WorldWide
Telescope, which made its debut during the event on March 3-4. The telescope
uses imagery from some of the world’s most powerful telescopes like Hubble
and Sloan Digital Sky Server.