LAS VEGAS — The Microsoft booth here at CES has attracted a steady throng.
Sure, there was Xbox and Kinect, but among the popular attractions at the booth has been the “What’s Next” section, where some of the innovations coming out of Microsoft Research has been on display. There’s a Surface 2.0 table, where people can interact with a giant touch- and visual-sensitive coffee table. There’s the Printing Dress, where tweets typed in a keyboard on the dress appears on the dress. And there’s a demonstration of FaceCake Swivel, which allows people to virtually try on different outfits.
The Printing Dress at Microsoft’s “What’s Next” portion of its booth at CES
Also getting lots of buzz at the Microsoft booth: Ben Rudolph, aka “Ben the PC Guy” has been running a “smoked by Windows Phone” competition, betting CES attendees with competing smartphones that Windows Phone can beat them in speed on commonly used features. As of this morning, the tally for Windows Phone is: 30 wins, three losses, one tie.
Elsewhere at the Microsoft booth, the company talked about the Art of Touch project, a collaborative digital art project where the public is invited to come to a website — www.artoftouch.com — to create original works of art using a palette of digital brushes and effects built into the application. (The project is intended to promote the Microsoft Touch mice.)
Since its launch in November, according to a Microsoft rep, many thousands of people worldwide have taken part in the project so far, creating works like this:
Artwork created by Jamie Villanueva as part of the Art of Touch project