Vectorform shows off at Microsoft’s “Many Screens and a Cloud” event

Posted by Lindsay Lamb – August 16, 2010

Working with the Microsoft Research Team and Massachusetts General Hospital, Vectorform’s Justin Lankes and Patrick Samona demonstrated the Virtual Colonoscopy Viewer at a recent event in Boston, MA.  Virtual Colonoscopy makes it possible to navigate through 3D images of the colon using a multi-touch platform. The goal behind this application is to reduce the time of a typical colonoscopy exam to only 5 minutes. Currently, the procedure takes 40-60 minutes. Virtual Colonoscopy requires a series of clear, high-resolution images to be taken from a CT scanner. Once the pictures are taken, the part of the exam that can be considered by patients to be “invasive” is done!  The high-res images are then fed into the application, giving the doctor the opportunity to explore and navigate through the colon, searching for polyps.   A standard colonoscopy procedure entails a doctor’s examination of the colon in real time using a fiber optic camera attached to a flexible tube; the tube then gets passed through the rectum.  As you can imagine, this can be a long and uncomfortable experience.  We hope Virtual Colonoscopy will encourage more people to opt for colon cancer screening, giving us an opportunity to save lives. 

Would you like to learn more? Check out Microsoft’s Curt Devlin’s blog post about the application and the demonstration in Boston. 

Virtual Colonoscopy will also be demonstrated at the RSNA Conference in November, stay tuned for more updates!

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To communicate or not to communicate…?

Posted by Vito Dimercurio – August 12, 2010
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…the Windows Phone 7 SDK makes this a pretty easy question to answer.  I mean, sure, it’s a phone – but how many ways do we stay connected to the world around us these days?  To that end, we decided to throw together a couple of simple prototypes to see how easy it was to build the roots of those basic apps everyone’s going to want…  The ones that use Facebook and Twitter.

Simple implementation of the Silverlight Facebook API.
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All the cool kids are doin’ it…

Posted by Vito Dimercurio – August 12, 2010

…and you know you want to, too!  As of July 26th, 2010 MSFT has publicly released Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta.  The tools package contains everything you need to get started building your very own apps for what should prove to be a revolution in mobile communication and entertainment (including a “light” version of VS2010 and an emulator for testing).  So come on code jockeys, go to MSDN and get your Silverlight on!

A New Frontier for “The Settlers of Catan”

Posted by Lindsay Lamb – August 2, 2010

MContinuing to build its digital game empire, Vectorform re-imagines The Settlers of Catan for Microsoft Surface.

Seattle, WA and Detroit, MI, August 2, 2010The Settlers of Catan is a classic multiplayer board game, combining economics, strategy and chance, as colonists compete to build settlements from raw commodities. Created in Germany in 1995, and now available in 30 languages, The Settlers of Catan has achieved icon status. Over 15 million copies have been sold worldwide, and an estimated 20 million people play regularly, through a diverse set of traditional and digital game forms.

In partnership with Microsoft, Catan LLC, and Mayfair Games, Vectorform has created Catan for Microsoft Surface. Microsoft Surface is an innovative computing platform that responds to touch, natural hand gestures and real-world objects placed on the display. With a large, 360-degree, horizontal user interface, Microsoft Surface offers a unique gathering place where multiple users can come together to interact with content and each other–making it an ideal platform for games like Catan.

Working to maintain an authentic, interpersonal experience of board game play, Vectorform leveraged the social nature of Microsoft Surface. This functionality, defined by Microsoft as “together computing,” provides a distinct advantage and authenticity over games played on traditional PCs or personal devices. “Where a computer game is a solo computing affair, board games are connected experiences. Together computing has its place now, and will be more prominent in the future.” Vectorform Game Studio Executive Director Joe Engalan says.
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