Meet 'Bamboo', First Windows 10 IoT Core Robot Running on Intel Joule

Bamboo, robot powered by Windows 10 IoT Core Anniversary Edition and new Intel Joule, built on Intel Atom T5700 SOC. Sunrise Calendar app sunsetting delayed. .NET Core and ASP.NET Core added to Microsoft bounty.

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Two weeks ago, Microsoft unveiled Windows 10 IoT Core Anniversary Edition running on the new Intel Joule, which is built on new Intel Atom T5700 SOC.

Now, on September 2 at Intel Developer Forum 2016 in San Francisco, they've unveiled Joule and Windows 10 IoT Core powered robot called "Bamboo."

"We look forward to seeing what you think of Windows 10 IoT Core for the Intel Joule when it becomes available as part of the Windows Insider Program release scheduled for September," a company official stated.

"When you add in Microsoft Azure IoT and Microsoft Cognitive Services, you get a cloud-connected, manageable, intuitive and, above all, human-like platform to build upon."

The Windows Insider program makes it very easy for you to get access to all of the above, as well as also the latest pre-releases of Windows 10 IoT Core.

To give you a peek into what you can do with this, "Bamboo, a companion robotic panda connects to cloud-based Azure and Cognitive Services, which provide sentiment analysis and translation, so you can speak to Bamboo in any language and she can translate into her native English and understand your mood via Twitter," official explained.

"Bamboo can move about and build an understanding of her environment with the compute platform and an Intel RealSense camera. Additionally, she is animated via the EZ-Robot EZ-B control system."

EZ-Robot displayed the new control module and multiple robots running on this new platform. Using the EZ-Builder software for Windows and a newly released EZ-Robot UWP library, you can design and animate your robots on a Windows PC, as well as auto-generate and export UWP control code to run on the EZ-B V5. We used this functionality to animate Bamboo. The bring up and integration of the EZ-B v5 took just under 6 weeks.

Another product unveiled was a "Torch," by Design Mill—highlighting it as a mixed reality interactive gaming table, built on the Intel Joule, Intel RealSense camera and Windows 10 IoT Core.

Torch enables interactive gaming mixing perception, projection and blending the physical/digital divide.

bamboo, the first windows 10 iot core robot running on the intel joule

Also, Report emerging on the net suggesting that Microsoft is been working to show faces of recent/active contacts on Windows 10 taskbar next to the System Tray.

According to report, the company would be integrating People app directly into the taskbar in Redstone 2. The avatars shown would come be for services like Skype, GroupMe, and Office with an ability to reply or compose messages by selecting respective icon instead of launching the People app itself.

In other Microsoft products news, a new bounty offering on the Windows and Linux versions of .NET Core and ASP.NET Core anoounced as on September 1, 2016.

This bounty is the new addition to currently ongoing Microsoft Edge RCE, Online Services, and Mitigation bypass and Bounty for Defense bounty programs, company stated.

"These additions are a part of the rigorous security programs at Microsoft. Bounties will be worked alongside the Security Development Lifecycle (SDL), Operational Security Assurance (OSA) framework, regular penetration testing of our products and services, and Security and Compliance Accreditations by third party audits," explained Microsoft.

You can install the current RTM version and subsequent betas from here.

And, as always, the most up-to-date information about the Microsoft Bounty Programs can be found in the associated terms and FAQs.

Git for Windows v2.10.0 has been released.

Let me take this opportunity to mention a couple of highlights:

The interactive rebase is now much faster
One of Git's most powerful commands lets the user reorder commits, edit commit messages and split/join commits. It is called the interactive rebase, or rebase -i.

Originally intended as a simple side project to help myself contribute changes to the Git project itself, it evolved into a very powerful tool that helps with refining topic branches until they are ready to be merged. Essentially, it generates a list of commits called "edit script" or "todo script", lets the user edit that script, and then re-applies the code changes accordingly.

The initial version was a very simple shell script, and here lies the rub: shell scripting is good for prototyping quick and dirty, but it lacks direct access to Git's data structures, proper error handling, and most importantly: speed. This matters especially on Windows, where it is more expensive to spawn processes than, say, on Linux. Also, Git for Windows has to resort to a POSIX emulation layer to run shell scripts, which means an enormous performance impact.

"The end result is an interactive rebase that, according to a benchmark included in Git's source code, runs ~5x faster on Windows, ~4x faster on MacOSX and still ~3x faster on Linux," said Johannes Schindelin on MSDN blog.

Git for Windows v2.10.0 includes new and improved code here. It'll soon available on MacOSX and Linux as well.

In other general news, In May this year, Microsoft said that on August 31, 2016, they would shut down the standalone "Sunrise calendar app", that it acquired last year.

But it turns out, the app which is available on iOS and Android has received a reprieve for, as the company issued an statement to PCWorld stating:

"[W]e have chosen to wait a little longer in order to deliver a few more Sunrise-inspired features in Outlook. Once those features are released, the Sunrise app will officially be shut down."

Microsoft and Mercedes have teamed up to offer "In Car Office."

Announced at IFA, it is expected to be available in Mercedes vehicles starting in the middle of 2017. Although pricing and specific details have not yet been released.

The "In Car Office" feature aims to act as a personal assistant while you're driving around town.

For example, instead of having the driver fumble around in their calendar, enter the phone number and conference code for a meeting, the In Car Office will be able to understand that you have an Outlook calendar event and automatically dial into the conference call at the appropriate time.

It will also be able to do things such as automatically pull addresses and create navigation routes, as well as integrate with various social media applications.

Currently the Chinese social network WeChat is being tested, but it's expected Facebook will left behind.

Also, Back in May, Microsoft had revealed of bringing 'double tap to wake' to compatible Windows 10 Mobile devices. Since then, the feature was rolled out in Sweden, Russia, India and Australia via firmware update. However, now it looks, U.K. will finally have it as well.

In addition, to double tap, other improvement included in the update for Lumia 950 XL included– from the official changelog:

  • Wi-Fi connectivity improvements, including fixes for Wi-Fi connection dropping randomly and Wi-Fi scan occasionally not returning any results.
  • Support for double tap to wake enabled.
  • Bluetooth connectivity improvements.
  • Stability and reliability improvements.
  • Camera improvements, including improved image and video quality, improved Auto-focus and fix for a problem that was causing slow motion capture to skip frames for some users.
  • Cellular connectivity improvements, including fix for a problem that caused occasional network loss for some users.
  • Audio quality improvements, including fix for a problem that caused voice call audio to get scrambled for some users.

As with other firmware updates, it may take time for the update to be available to you. However, if you can't absolutely wait, try using the Windows Device Recovery Tool (WDRT), to get the update. But, keep in mind, WDRT completely wipes your device, so you may tbackup your device first before proceeding.

Also, now at version 3.10.24401 WDRT, now adds support for the HP Elite x3.

HP's Elite x3 Windows 10 Mobile phone, is a most anticipated device of 2016, that is powered by Snapdragon 820, 64GB of onboard storage, and a 5.96-inch QHD display.

The device is already shipping in the UK, however, it's not yet out in the U.S.

You can download the Windows Device Recovery Tool here.