Posted tagged ‘Development News’

Touchless – Webcam Motion Sense SDK (Free)

October 15, 2008

The other day Michael Gannotti made a post about a very interesting SDK that popped up that helps enable developers create ‘touchless’ applications using webcameras.

Check out this short video clip here: http://communityclips.officelabs.com/Video.aspx?videoId=a89a217b-fc38-4a6c-87f8-ab59a2028391

Or try it out by downloading the demo here: http://www.codeplex.com/touchless/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx

I remember a plethora of applications like this that used to exist, but it was really hard to find a good SDK to help you get started or give you an area in the community to share ideas, and now it looks like things are moving in a good way. Especially as the cost of touch screen technology and multi touch technology is still far more expensive than a simple camera 🙂

It’s very cool stuff and I highly recommend checking it out: http://www.codeplex.com/touchless

Looking forward to the future,
Richard Harbridge

Exciting (for .Net/VS Developers) .Net 4 and VS 2010

October 2, 2008

Just wanted to point out that a few days ago Microsoft unvieled some information on the new .Net and Visual Studio enhancements they are preparing for 2010.

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2008/sep08/09-29VS10PR.mspx

That’s right I am super excited to play with the new stuff before I have even gone through every new feature released in the 2008 packages. (Personally one of the things I have been loving recently is the CSS and styling UI enhancements see Daniel Moth’s good screen cast of these here (if interested): mms://wm.microsoft.com/ms/uk/msdn/nuggets/v2_CSSinVisualStudio2008_Moth.wmv)

I really like many of the new focuses that Microsoft is putting forward and the way Team Foundation Server is improving the rate of process adoption in many development groups. The further they get with the enhancements the easier it is to develop and really focus on developing (if you are a developer) without being as distracted by the troubles of communication and tracking.

Even if you aren’t a developer this is still good news, because the more they work towards that UML approach and enhance the ways Business Analysts and Consultants can communicate their requirements and expectations to developers the more powerful the developed solutions will be.

Excited for the future,
Richard Harbridge