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Interactive art: Public Radio built in The Garage by Boston design studio

Standing 10 feet tall, elegantly sloped along its front face with the soft light of rainbow LEDs glowing behind half inch of frosted acrylic, “Public Radio” is a unique art installation you’ll find at District Hall’s outdoor plaza in the Seaport, Boston’s home for innovation. Turn the metal-rimmed dials to tune to a different station as the corresponding LEDs light….

Garage projects team up to illustrate the power of mixed reality in a new SDK and sample app

  Two Microsoft Garage projects team up, proving that two heads are better than one and that the Space Needle is a lot cooler in 3D than 2D. Today, we are excited to announce the release of Maps SDK, a Microsoft Garage project that enables developers to incorporate 3D world data into Unity-based, mixed reality experiences as well as a….

Garage Externs from MIT collaborate with The Met to spark global connections to art using AI

To help celebrate the second anniversary of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Open Access Program, The Met teamed up with Microsoft engineers and MIT students and faculty to imagine new ways in which their encyclopedic collection could be explored by global audiences. The collaboration started with a 2-day hackathon in December 2018 at The Garage in Microsoft’s New England Research….

By devs, for devs: meet new Garage projects XAML Studio and Team Retrospectives

  Today, we announce two new Garage projects built by developers, for developers. Two teams, inspired by their roles building developer tools, worked on ideas to enhance the developer experience during Microsoft’s annual Hackathon. XAML Studio, a Microsoft Garage project, makes iterative prototyping easy with real-time UI module changes. Team Retrospectives, a Microsoft Garage project, closes the loop on continuous….

Meet Ear Hockey: our newest Garage project infuses inclusive design into the arcade classic

Three years ago, a team of Microsoft employees joined together on a quest to make gaming more fun and accessible to people who are blind or have low vision. After years of hacking on machine learning algorithms in their spare time, talking with customers in the blind and low vision community, and partnering with gaming experts, the team releases their….

Finally, a way to sketch 360 degree VR scenes

As new technologies, tools, and platforms spring to life in augmented and virtual reality, a new era of XR design and artistry is unfolding. Today, we announce the release of a project that empowers creators to spend less time explaining, editing, and re-doing XR creations, and more time being creative. Sketch 360, a Microsoft Garage project, is a UWP app….

New Garage project Earth Lens pairs AI with aerial imagery

This summer, Microsoft’s AI for Earth team and the office of the AI CTO decided to challenge a group of Garage interns to pair AI with aerial images to make a difference. Today, we announce the release of their summer project: Earth Lens, a Microsoft Garage project, a Xamarin-based, open source project for iPad that identifies, tracks, and analyzes objects….

MileIQ team launches new Microsoft Garage project to simplify expense management

In the fall of 2015, a startup team committed to making mileage logging easier joined Microsoft to expand their ability to empower the self-directed worker. Today, the team that created MileIQ now announces an iOS app to simplify expense management. Spend, a Microsoft Garage project, is now available for download in the US App Store. The Microsoft Garage has released….

Microsoft New England teams up with customers to create high-impact product features

Microsoft Garage has been a force in affecting positive change within the company, practicing new ways of thinking and spreading a growth mindset culture to employees as well as partners outside the company. Microsoft’s global Hackathon is a key player in CEO Satya Nadella’s culture change priorities driving innovations that empower customers to achieve more. The Garage at NERD, located….

Garage project Snip Insights graduates to AI Lab

Get your tassels ready. Just a few months after Snip Insights, a Microsoft Garage project, released at Microsoft Build 2018, the project becomes a Garage graduate and expands to new platforms as it joins AI Lab. The first prototype of Snip Insights was designed and built by a team of Garage interns in response to a pitch by the Office….