Check out Chuck Todd as he shows off more features of the application we built for MSNBC featuring several new poll panels as scatterview items, and navigating to the Pennsylvania state map. Be sure to stay tuned to NBC and Chuck Todd on the TODAY Show throughout the election season for more reports on the Microsoft Surface. 7:00 – 7:30 am (the country’s most-watched morning television program.)Vectorform – September 19, 2008
As many of you are aware of, Vectorform totally rocked-out the Web 2.0 conference here in NYC (literally rocked out…). As Kevin noted, we had the most happening spot in the center. People just couldn’t get enough of the Surface DJ, and by the end of the two days, Markus, Kevin, Christina and myself were doing a demo every 10 minutes for the growing crowds. We even had it down to somewhat of a science—while one of us manned the machine, the others answered questions in the audience.
We learned a few things over the last two days, but the most important thing was the emphasis on the Surface as a social experience.
Here are a few more images from the show—just look at those smiling faces!
- Rock out with DJ Kev himself on the Surface DJ!!
- Test your drumming skills with the VF Drumkit.
- Leave messages for the VF team with newly developed VF Fridge Magnets.
- Play political pundit with the same election software you see on MSNBC!
- And many more…
If you’re around, come by the Microsoft Surface booth and see us!
Direct from the conference and DJ Kev:
We are booming. Our booth has been overwhelmingly crowded, and everyone is loving our apps. Our business card supply has pretty much been depleted.
There have been a lot of people who recognized the NBC apps as well, and they now know which company created them.
Anyway, congrats everyone, you are apart of “the coolest stuff at the conference” (quoted from many attendees).
We had a blast creating the applications MSNBC is using on the Surface, and it’s been pretty exciting to see them in play. Each one is unique with a different theme and function—we’ve provided a little more info below on the ones you saw today. Check back for more details as MSNBC uses the other applications to delve deeper into the upcoming election.
The Electoral Map
The Electoral Map provides an interactive tabulation of the electoral vote, by State. While on-air, Chuck Todd can indicate a state as likely or leaning toward a candidate, or as a toss-up. By quickly changing the State’s status with just a touch, Mr. Todd can demonstrate how different scenarios affect the total electoral vote. In addition to voting predictions, the map interacts with musters and displays factoids about each state. Like all the applications, the map can accept hand-drawn annotations.
The Battleground States
As the whole country learned in the 2000 Presidential Election, one swing state, also known as a battleground state, can have a deciding effect on the next American president. Vectorform created the Battleground State Application to help MSNBC and Chuck Todd demonstrate the importance of a battleground state’s vote.
Check out our pictures from our day on the set, and we will be posting more information in the coming days and weeks, so stay tuned for more!
Florin with the electoral map
Chuck Todd preparing the bobbleheads:
Group Shot!Vectorform – September 8, 2008
We made our world debut on television today, and Microsoft Surface took center stage. We developed a suite of Surface applications for MSNBC and Chuck Todd, NBC News Political Director, which aired for the first time at 9 o’clock this morning. If you caught today’s broadcasts you have already seen the Electoral Map and the Battleground States in action. If not, stay tuned as they will be using the Microsoft Surface up until the election. Check out the video below!