Digital photography. It's one of the hottest product categories. It seems like everyone's getting a digital camera lately, but managing those photos is really hard.
Some of us on the Channel 9 team, for instance, have more than 8,000 digital photos, already (and we know some guys who already have more than 50,000).
So, while we were wandering around Microsoft Research with Kevin Schofield, we wondered "what could be done to make organizing photos easier and nicer?"
Microsoft Research's Next Media group
has the answer. Here Curtis Wong, the guy who leads the group, demoed for us their Media Browser technology (News.com called it Photo Triage, but the team actually
calls it the "Media Browser" because it does more than photos).
This technology demonstrates how you could organize and look at your digital photos in the future.
Thanks again to Kevin Schofield (and all the researchers we met) for giving us a great look at some of what Microsoft Research is doing.
If you missed the other segments of the tour we got, here they are again:
Interview with Kevin Schofield
Tour of University Relations Group
(women in computing)
Tour of Social Software and Hardware Groups (Wallop, MicroMotors, Hardware Lab Tour)
Tour of VIBE Group
(large and multiple monitor research)
Kevin has a personal weblog
, and you can read more about what Microsoft Research is working on (we only saw a small fraction of what they are working on during our tour) on
the official site