Kinect Fusion Coming to Kinect for Windows; Ford SYNC @Five Sold 5M Vehicle; SQL Azure Database Adds Two New Views

Kinect Fusion coming to Kinect for Windows announced today is coming in the future release and it "reconstructs a 3-D model of an object or environment by combining a continuous stream of data from the Kinect for Windows sensor.""It allows you to capture information about the object or environment being scanned that isn't viewable from […]

Kinect Fusion coming to Kinect for Windows announced today is coming in the future release and it "reconstructs a 3-D model of an object or environment by combining a continuous stream of data from the Kinect for Windows sensor."

"It allows you to capture information about the object or environment being scanned that isn't viewable from any one perspective. This can be accomplished either by moving the sensor around an object or environment or by moving the object being scanned in front of the sensor," explains the Kinect for Windows team.

Kiect Fusion for Kinect for Windows
In this Kinect Fusion demonstration, a 3-D model of a home office is being created by capturing multiple views of the room and the objects on and around the desk. This tool has many practical applications, including 3-D printing, digital design, augmented reality, and gaming.

"Kinect Fusion takes the incoming depth data from the Kinect for Windows sensor and uses the sequence of frames to build a highly detailed 3-D map of objects or environments. The tool then averages the readings over hundreds or thousands of frames to achieve more detail than would be possible from just one reading. This allows Kinect Fusion to gather and incorporate data not viewable from any single view point. Among other things, it enables 3-D object model reconstruction, 3-D augmented reality, and 3-D measurements. You can imagine the multitude of business scenarios where these would be useful, including 3-D printing, industrial design, body scanning, augmented reality, and gaming," the team added.

Microsoft announced two new system views for Windows Azure SQL Database now available provide diagnostic tracking information for your cloud databases.

"With this improvement, system administrators can now query for connection statistics and throttling events with the same tools and techniques that they use with on-premises SQL Server using system views designed for the cloud," the Azure team stated.

Within the master database of your SQL Database server(s), you now have the following new Dynamic Management Views (DMVs) available:

  • "sys.event_log (master ) exposes log information from the system to the customer about each database hosted in that server.
  • sys.database_connection_stats (master ) exposes connection statistics details around connection successes and failures," the team informs.

Ford and Microsoft on November 5 marks five-year anniversary of Ford SYNC. Back in 2005, Microsoft and Ford started work on Ford SYNC, when smartphones were still in their infancy and mobile apps and social networking sites were a shadow of what they are now.

SYNC has since become an industry-leading automotive technology solution, and the simplicity of the user experience, using easy voice commands to operate it, is one of many things that set it apart from the competition.

In addition, Windows Embedded General Manager Kevin Dallas and Ford CTO Paul Mascarenas also announced a major milestone: "the 5 millionth SYNC-enabled vehicle sold," said Mascarenas.

"With this year's expansion to the EU and Asia, Ford expects that number to reach 13 million by 2015," Mascarenas added.

"Nine months after rolling out the first version of SYNC, Ford completed the first of several SYNC apps that it developed in-house: 911 Assist. Other apps followed soon after, Vehicle Health Report and SYNC Services, the cloud-based network that provides traffic, directions and information services. And with AppLink Ford extended the access and control of SYNC to include third-party apps installed on the driver's smartphone, such as Pandora, iHeart Radio and Roximity -- all controlled using nothing more than voice commands," he said.

Ford SYNC marks 5th anniversary, sold five million SYNC enabled vehicles