Whiteboard with a brain

New Microsoft intelligent whiteboard will take what you draw & write & help you organize it, animate it or simplify it.




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Microsoft demos whiteboard with a brain

6 Mar 2013
AFP Relax News

The Sketchinsight could be to whiteboards and presentations what the iPad is to the PC industry, a totally revolutionary disruption.

Steve Jobs might have famously said that if innovation was simply about writing a check, then Microsoft would have the world's greatest products, but the fact remains that the world's number-one consumer software company does have a habit of investing much more in research and development than Apple and occasionally, the work at its renowned Labs division throws up something pretty impressive.

The SktechInsight is a case in point. Despite its clunky name, it could revolutionize everything from presentations and brainstorming sessions to creative design and simplifying complex data. At its heart it is an intelligent whiteboard, so intelligent in fact that it can interpret the lines a user is drawing and complete the diagram. Then it can turn the diagrams into animations and the animations into a visual story, making anyone who used it a grand master at Pictionary or Draw Something.

As the concept develops (it's still in the prototype stages now) it could be the perfect way of taking complex data and simplifying it through diagrams and animations, or simply stop bosses from relying so heavily on PowerPoint during presentations and start making things fun and interesting again.

Check out the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KSZuHGTcC8

(Source: Bangkok Post, Gadgets, Microsoft demos whiteboard with a brain, 6 Mar 2013, AFP Relax News, link


Innovative Software Vocabulary
 
SketchInsight - Microsoft's intelligent whiteboard research project (See Research Project & Academic Paper)

sketch -  
to draw a rough picture of something quickly with few details วาดภาพร่าง, วาดคร่าวๆ

freeform - deciding what you will do as you do it (not following the usual rules or strict rules)
freeform sketching

screenshot - taking a picture of what is on your screen (making a jpeg, for example) ภาพน้าจอ
presentation - การนำเสนอข้อมูล (See Wikipedia)

whiteboard - กระดานขาว
a whiteboard with a brain

blackboard - กระดานดำ 

innovation (noun) - a new way of doing something นวัตกรรม
writing a check - meaning: spending money

if innovation was simply about writing a check

innovative (adjective) - done in a new way
innovator (noun) - a person who does innovative things; finds new ways to do things

Steve Jobs - world famous innovator and founder of Apple computer (See Wikipedia)

Steve Jobs famously said that if innovation was simply about writing a check, then Microsoft would have the world's greatest products

a demo (noun) - showing people how something works (example: a sales demo shows customers how something they want to buy works)
demo (verb) - to show people how a product works (to customers or investors)

demo a new product
demo a whiteboard


Microsoft demos whiteboard with a brain


disruption - when something is stopped so that it cannot continue (can be a good thing that leads to needed change or a bad thing that is a problem to solve) การขัดขวาง, การหยุดชะงัก

revolutionary - Same as "innovative"
revolutionary disruption

totally - 100%, completely
a totally revolutionary disruption

X is to Y, what U is to V - an analogy
X could be to Y, what U is to V  

The Sketchinsight could be to whiteboards and presentations what the iPad is to the PC industry, a totally revolutionary disruption.

the fact remains that - .... but it is true that ....

consumer - someone who buys and uses goods and services ผู้บริโภค
consumer software computer
the world's number-one consumer software company

the world's number-one consumer software company

research and
development (R&D) -  งานวิจัยและพัฒนา  
investing  in research and development

have a habit of
the world's number-one consumer software company does have a habit of investing much more in research and development than Apple

division - one part of a large organisation; one section or part of a company แผนก
Labs division

renowned - famous and admired for a special skill or achievement ที่มีชื่อเสียง
renowned Labs division

impressive - something that people admire (look up to, think highly of) because it is very good, very large or shows great skill  ประทับใจ
pretty impressive -
very impressive (with a little underemphasis)

throw up - create something new ...
throw up something pretty impressive.

renowned Labs division throws up something pretty impressive.

occasionally - sometimes, but not frequently or regularly บางครั้งบางคราว
occasionally, the work at Microsoft's renowned Labs division throws up something pretty impressive.

a case in point - an example (that supports what you are saying) 
The SketchInsight is a case in point.

clunky - heavy, clumsy, awkward อืดอาด, ชักช้า
clunky name

brainstorming - try to solve a problem by thinking intensely about it (See Wikipedia)
brainstorming sessions

creative - creating and developing new original ideas, especially in art or literature
creative design

complex - ซับซ้อน
data - facts or information used for making calculations or decisions ข้อมูล
complex data

simplify - make something simpler and easier to understand and deal with ทำให้ง่ายขึ้น
simplify complex data

Despite its clunky name, it could revolutionize everything from presentations and brainstorming sessions to creative design and simplifying complex data.

interpret - to decide what the intended meaning of something is อธิบาย,ชี้แจง
At its heart it is an intelligent whiteboard, so intelligent in fact that it can interpret the lines a user is drawing and complete the diagram.

grand - very big ใหญ่โต
master - a man who is very good at something ปรมาจารย์
grandmaster -
one of the best players of a game (like a chess "grandmaster" or champion)

Then it can turn the diagrams into animations and the animations into a visual story, making anyone who used it a grand master at Pictionary or Draw Something.

concept - a principle or idea ความคิด
develop a concept - work on an idea and improve the idea and make it better
as the concept develops

prototype - test version of a new product before producing in large quantities สิ่งที่เป็นต้นแบบ
in the prototype stages
it's still in the prototype stages now

As the concept develops (it's still in the prototype stages now)

diagram -  แผนภาพ,ไดอะแกรม
animation -  การสร้างภาพเคลื่อนไหวได้, ภาพการ์ตูนที่เคลื่อนไหวได้

the perfect way of - the best way of doing something
the perfect way of taking complex data and simplifying it through diagrams and animations.

rely  ไว้ใจ
relying on  ไว้ใจใน

relying heavily on
relying so heavily on

PowerPoint - (See Wikipedia)
PowerPoint during presentations
stop bosses from relying so heavily on PowerPoint during presentations and start making things fun and interesting again

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