WorldWide Telescope lights up with Kinect
A few weeks ago Microsoft Research held an event on Microsoft Campus called TechFest. We show a lot of new projects and prototypes from our labs but we keep a lot of stuff behind closed doors. There was one demo that blew me away that I couldnt talk about but now I can as its on show at MIX11 and just got demoed in the Day 2 keynote and is shown above.
Many of you have seen what the enthusiast community has been doing with Kinect there is an equally passionate community inside Microsoft who are doing things with Kinect. Some of you may be familiar with WorldWide Telescope the project that brought Scoble to tears. Well those guys have hooked up Kinect to their system and the results, in my opinion, are spectacular. I got to play with these at TechFest and I was stunned but promised to stay silent. Now you can see it for yourself in the video above.
WorldWide Telescope is impressive technology on its own when you add Kinect to the mix, its addictive. You can ride through the galaxy with the wave of a hand zoom in to a planet, leap across star systems. Its beautiful.
I was going to combine this with a post covering other Day 2 keynote news from MIX but it felt worthy of a post on its own. Ill have another post in a few weeks following a long chat I had last week with one of the brain behind WWT Curtis Wong. He has so much more to show us.
For now, its time to cry again, Robert.