Students and Faculty Enjoy Microsoft Field Trip
The HCT-Al Ain Colleges, together with HCT's Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah colleges, were invited to Microsoft's Dubai headquarters on May 18 to gain an insight into the company's latest developments.
Almost 100 students and faculty participated in a presentation on Human Computer Interaction.
The event was organised by Al Ain Colleges CIS faculty member Lina Jabbour, and it included a Kinect demonstration of motion controlled application. Kinect is a motion sensing input device by Microsoft for video game consoles and Windows PCs. Based around a webcam-style, it enables users to control and interact through gestures, mainly hand movement, and spoken commands.
Microsoft employees demonstrated how Kinect works using different kinds of cameras to catch movements of the hands. Several cameras were used to interpret human movements: 3D depth sensors and RGB cameras and infra-red laser light.
The presentation also included smart voice recognition and search Apps, which included Cortana, the new helper in the Windows phone 8.1 released a few weeks ago, and Fortune Teller which is an App that a Microsoft employee named Eduardo built using Cortana and showed the students the code.
After the break, students had an overview of Microsoft’s latest technology trends for the next decade, including mobility of IT, Microsoft Business Services, Datacenter and Cloud Solutions, Social Networking Solutions from Microsoft, Smart Government and CityNext.
Finally, Microsoft showed the students the resources available to them. They explained to the students the Microsoft software that they can download and gave the group student-privileged access.
The students really enjoyed this interesting and informative trip.