In spite of the fact that Miguel Castro didn't show, our December meeting was a good one. Jeff Blankenburg, our Microsoft Developer Evangelist for the Heartland District did a presentation on cool things from Microsoft, including Popfly, tafiti, Microsoft Surface, Listas, Photosynth, and Seadragon. Photosynth was especially cool. The description from the site says:
Photosynth takes a large collection of photos of a place or object, analyzes them for similarities, and displays them in a reconstructed 3-Dimensional space. With Photosynth you can:
- walk or fly through a scene to see photos from any angle;
- seamlessly zoom in or out of a photograph even if it's gigapixels in size;
- see where pictures were taken in relation to one another;
- find similar photos to the one you’re currently viewing;
- explore a custom tour or see where you’ve been; or
- send a collection to a friend.
In addition to the great look at cool things from Jeff, there was a ton of swag, including a new Zune and $1,000 worth of training from Max Technical Training (our generous host). We had enough swag that we went through all of the meeting attendees and still had swag remaining. And after all the swag was distributed, I think everyone got at least one T-shirt.
If you missed this meeting, the next meeting in January will feature a presentation by Mike Wood on using the rules engine in Windows Workflow. I saw this presentation at the Cincinnati .NET Users Group and thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope to see you there.