If you didn’t catch the first day of Microsoft’s Build 2018 developers conference, then you missed an interesting and almost scary, demo.
The company showcased the power of Cortana paired with a number of services including the Surface Hub, Skype’s translation and transcription features, PowerBI and Microsoft Teams, to create a meeting room of the future.
The presentation was led by Raanah Amjadi, Marketing Manager at Microsoft Teams, who set up a quick office meeting scenario by asking Cortana what rooms were available. The meeting room had a big prototype device, which acted like a central control hub that could hear and see at the same time.
The audio and video picked up by the device, was basically paired with AI services and Microsoft 365 to get tasks done including personnel identification, voice transcription, and real-time translation.
Each participant of the meeting was instantly recognised and greeted by the device and once the meeting leader entered, it asked whether it should start the meeting. The Surface Hub went right into action making notes and transcribing everyone in the meeting. Since it already recognises voice, it could easily distinguish between the participants of the meeting.
One of the best features was how it acted as an accessibility tool where a deaf engineer could be a part of the team without missing out on anything important. All of this was also being translated real-time for one of the employees sitting overseas, in China.
Participants could make use of services like Microsoft Teams that acted as a backbone of communication allowing them to use links to services like GitHub or Trello and also offering follow-ups that the team members wanted to set.
The system managed to fetch relevant files and data in a jiffy and understood what exactly a team member was asking for. There was also a quick Kinect demo where the camera projected the meeting room onto the Surface Hub and then a team member used the table to project a 3D model.
The demo was pretty surreal, like something out of a space-age movie. With time, the whole system learns more about each and every team-member, how they function, their speech patterns and so on.
This allows it to become more accurate while transcribing or fetching files. In short, Microsoft combined its numerous services, from its AI to voice recognition to enterprise tools and created an environment so natural, that it almost seemed impossible.
You can checkout the complete day 1 of Build 2018 below. If you are interested in the meeting demo seek to 1:28:00
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