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Daily Dose of iQ: Television Watching Central to 'Xbox One' Experience

Xbox 1 reveal

"Microsoft took the wraps off the Xbox One, its next-generation console today in a multimedia event that offered something thrilling for everyone," wrote Forbes' Mark Rogowsky yesterday.

Daily Dose of iQ: PSFK and 'iQ by Intel' Use Digital Displays to Engage Customers

LEGO Kinect Window Display - Source: PSFK

One of the topics we keep a close eye on in our Daily Dose blog is an area we develop our own XQ products for: interactive retail and digital signage.

So it came as a bit of shock today when we came across this PSFK article, published in partnership with Intel: "How Interactive Displays are Helping Customers Buy Smarter"

Daily Dose of iQ: Microsoft Kinect in the Workplace

Microsoft is looking to extend the reach (pun intended) of its gesture-based Kinect video game technology to the workplace, wrote Dave Copeland of ReadWriteWeb.com (Feb. 9).

Daily Dose of iQ: nsquared's Seamless Use of Microsoft Technology

I recently came across a video demo from nsquared, a Microsoft partner in Australia that perfectly showcases a multi-channel experience.

In the demo (which appears to be for an architectural firm), nsquared Director and Founder Neil Roodyn uses a Windows Phone to communicate with Surface, and moves on to Windows 7 (tablet), as well as to Kinect -- at each point, he reveals new controls for the experience and new dimensions to explore the blueprints on-screen.

Daily Dose of iQ: Microsoft's NUads Concept

Microsoft NUads

Microsoft unveiled its NUads platform last week at the Cannes International Advertising Festival.

The platform uses Kinect voice and gesture control for the Xbox 360 to allow you to interact with television ads as they appear on screen.

Daily Dose of iQ: Microsoft Acquires Skype for $8.5B

Just when we thought Skype was on the verge of being bought out by Facebook and Google (see Reuters, last week), in comes today's biggest wireless headline: Microsoft is paying $8.56 billion to buy Skype, one of the world's most popular VoIP providers (it has 124 million active users worldwide).

iQmetrix at PDC 2010 - Day 2

Volleyball on the Xbox Kinect

Well after a very interesting first day at PDC, which was overflowing with information on Windows Phone 7, Microsoft Azure and other interesting topics it was time to take a brain break and let loose.  Microsoft rented out a bowling alley called "Lucky Strike" in downtown Bellevue.  With tons of games including everything from Guitar Hero to racing games, pool and bowling it was a really fun night.  Our CTO, Kerem Karatal, showed that his skill set includes more than just technology with an amazing start to our game of bowling.

Scouting Interactive Retail at the Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall

Alen and Tony experimenting with Microsoft Surface

On the Wednesday following the 2010 Wireless Summit, a group of us made a trip to the Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall. Fashion Square is interesting for a couple of reasons. It's actually the largest mall in Arizona and the American Southwest. Here's some of what Wikipedia has to say about it:

"Scottsdale Fashion Square (has) approximately 2 million square feet (180,000 m²) of retail space, and is among the top 30 largest malls in the country. It is one of the top 10 most profitable malls in the country with over $740 sales per square foot, more than $400 over the national average. The mall is located on the northwest corner of Scottsdale Road and Camelback Road in Scottsdale, Arizona and has been owned by Westcor, a subsidiary of Macerich, since 2002. With the explosion of new retail developments and dining options in the nearby vicinity, the term Scottsdale Fashion Square has become more generalized in recent years to include the retail shopping districts adjacent to the complex, including the Scottsdale Waterfront and Southbridge."

Some of us were there for the shopping, while some of us were there to see what was happening on the interactive retail front in such a large mall.

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