Sunday, March 25, 2012
"Project Detroit": Microsoft's Version Of Future Car Technology
Microsoft unveiled its newest car concept of the future called "Project Detroit". Microsoft collaborated with West Coast Customs using a 2012 Ford Mustang with a retro-look 1967 fast body. Microsoft incorporated its technolgy into the car such as the Kinect for Xbox 360, Xbox 360, Windows 8, Windows Phone, Windows Azure, Bing, Ford Sync and more.
Interesting goodies of Project Detroit include notable features such as remote control with Windows Phone -- it can be remotely located, unlocked and started from the Viper SmartStart app for Windows Phone, Built-In Touch Screen Displays -- swipe the touch screen instrument cluster to toggle between different dashboard skins and use the tablet embedded in the passenger-side dash to do anything from surfing the Web to sending messages that display on the rear windshield for other cars, Stream Video and Audio From the Car to the Phone -- using a Windows Phone, remotely watch and listen to the live video stream and audio from the Kinects embedded in Project Detroit. From this same application, your Windows Phone becomes like a microphone for the car's external audio PA system, Access the Project Detroit "Garage" From a Windows Phone -- using custom applications for Windows Phone, various aspects of Project Detroit can be altered with the touch of a button or swipe of a finger -- from changing the accent lighting and the horn sound "ringtone" to activating the "projector screen" or sending a message to the rear windshield, Passenger-Side Touch Screen Dashboard -- Project Detroit's front and rear Kinect cameras transmit a live video feed of surrounding pedestrians and objects directly to the interior dashboard displays. Also, Project Detroit features multiple, touch screen, dashboard displays, including one on the passenger side. Use the tablet to do anything from checking the weather to playing XBox games.
"Project Detroit" is created to inspire developers to think about building apps and automotive technologies of the future. With open-source code from Project Detroit, developers can do more than just imagine the possibilities -- they can start building them.