Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Expectable Technology

Last week the nsquared team hosted a panel discussion and networking event around the topic Expectable Technology at the newly refurbished nbn Discovery Centre. 

What will the future look like? How do societies evolve through technology? What sorts of technology were at one point expected to take off, but never did? These were some of the discussion points that our panel of tech experts discussed. 

Thank you to our panelists John Lambert, Marisa Warren, Maria Shvedova, Oliver Lawson and Neil Roodyn for providing the audience with food for thought. We were really happy to have such a great audience full of thought-provoking questions and comments as well.

Don't worry if you missed out, you can watch the full video here or a watch the highlights of the evening here.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Microsoft Ignite 2017;  Developing for Surface Dial and Surface Studio

Have you thought about how designers might use computers in the future? 

Last week at Microsoft Ignite, the Gold Coast Tech conference, nsquared director Dr Neil Roodyn gave a series of talks about some of the latest developments in computing. 

Over 20 years after Bill Buxton envisioned Active Desk, we have the Surface Dial and Surface Studio. The Surface Dial can be used on its own or with the Surface Studio, the super high resolution screen which makes graphics look amazing. 

In this talk Developing for Surface Dial and Surface Studio Neil takes us through some detailed code for customisable menus, some art demonstrations, and examples of where the Surface Dial and Surface Studio have already been used.  

Monday, February 20, 2017

Microsoft Ignite Australia 2017 - Conversations as a Platform

Have you ever wondered how a computer can learn to speak to a human? Siri and Cortana are recent examples of conversation bots, but the technology has been around for decades in different forms. Last week Dr Neil Roodyn from nsquared presented talks at Microsoft’s Australian tech conference, Ignite. His first two talks were about building bots that can hold a conversation with a customer, and potential ways in which this process could be used for business.

Click on the links below to watch the presentations.   

Conversation as a Platform Part 1 
Neil discusses the ways in which conversations have evolved in contemporary life through the use of various forms of technology. He explains how to code a conversational bot in Microsoft Visual Studio, using the example of ordering food online. Neil talks about how developers can create a good structure for the code, and explains the complex steps of chaining dialogs.


Conversation as a Platform Part 2 
In Part 2 Neil discusses ways in which we can create richer conversations between customers and applications. He discusses ways in which programs can make devices seem more intelligent, and how they can use data and ‘machine learning’ to gather information to make accurate predictions about customers. He talks in depth about LUIS – Language Understanding Intelligent Service, which allows apps to understand language. 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Microsoft Ignite Australia

Developers, IT professionals and curious minds across Australia are heading to the Gold Coast next week (14-17 Feb) for Microsoft's Australian Conference, Ignite. Attendees are expected to walk away with new connections and new ideas about how to do things faster, smarter and better.

At nsquared we're most excited about Dr Neil Roodyn's six presentations.
Come and say hello, and remember nsquared is hiring developers.

Conversation As a Platform Part 1
Tue 14 Feb, 4:15 PM
Speak to me, make your app conversational. In this session you will learn how to integrate Cortana, speech, and the Microsoft Bot Framework into your applications.

Building apps for Surface Hub - 30 minutes of tips, tricks and q&a on Surface Hub dev.
Wed 15 Feb, 1:00 PM
In this session come and find out about building apps for Microsoft’s biggest most stunning screen.

Conversation As a Platform Part 2
Wed 15 Feb, 6:30 PM
Enlighten me, make your app smarter. In this session you will learn how to integrate cognitive services and machine learning into your conversational applications.

Developing for Surface Dial and Surface Studio
Thu 16 Feb, 11:30 AM
If building great software for really cool hardware is what gets you up in the morning, this session is for you!

Building apps for Surface Hub - 30 minutes of tips, tricks and q&a on Surface Hub dev.
Thu 16 Feb, 3:00 PM
In this session come and find out about building apps for Microsoft’s biggest most stunning screen.

Building apps for Surface Hub - 30 minutes of tips, tricks and q&a on Surface Hub dev.
Fri 17 Feb, 9:45 AM
In this session come and find out about building apps for Microsoft’s biggest most stunning screen.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Design and Develop Apps for Surface Hub

In the second half of 2016, Dr. Neil, a director of nsquared, spent some time at Microsoft's headquarter office in Redmond, WA to present training in the design and development of apps for the Microsoft Surface Hub.

The Surface Hub has the potential to have a huge impact on the way we interact in office meetings. It is perhaps the ultimate window Microsoft has created; it is a portal to another room. Skype images appear high-quality and allow for natural conversation. Its touchscreen capabilities allow multiple users to interact with it like a simple whiteboard, a place to write up ideas and involve a group.

Designing for the Surface Hub presents its own set of challenges. How can it be accessible for all people, including those who may be in wheel-chairs, for example? How can multiple users interact with it effectively?

The work we have been doing at nsquared has provided a fantastic foundation to support the delivery of great Surface Hub apps. At nsquared we have been focused on building software for large multi-user interactive displays for over eight years. We know the value of large shared screen devices in public spaces and enterprise meeting rooms.

The lessons we have learned are shared and discussed in a series of training videos presented by Dr. Neil. From set-up, to design, to developing; these videos cover how to create great apps for Surface Hub. Presented with the help of Sankar Nemani and Jackie Giusti from Microsoft, they are essential viewing for prospective Surface Hub designers and developers. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Our Next Event: Collaborative Learning & The Future Workplace

It's event time again at nsquared and below is your very exclusive invite to our next event!

Following on from our successful By The Fireplace event in October 2015 which was attended by more than 85 tech industry, Design & C-Level executives, it's time for you to save the date - Thursday April 21st - for our next event which will be held in Wynyard.

This event will be even bigger than the last one and will feature panelists shedding light on our topic: Collaborative Learning: How ‘Campfire Moments’ Will Change the Future Workplace.

At this event you will learn about:

  • Collaborative learning & 'purpose mastery' in organisations
  • How workplace trends such as telecommuting and virtual reality will change everything
  • Why collaboration & social connection will become critical to organisations in the future

This is an invite-only event and we will have limited seating so RSVP is essential. Please contact events [at] nsquaredsolutions [dotcom] if you would like to attend!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

How Do I Find Out About Digital Tables and Software?

We get a lot of questions about our products… What kind of tables do we have available? Which apps come preloaded on the table? Where is the best place for a DIGITABLE?

We would love to have anyone and everyone interested in a DIGITABLE to come check out our demo tables at our tech space in Sydney, but for those not able to visit us personally we have put our brochure on to help answer any questions you might have.

Check out the brochure now, or click on the image below.

nsquared produces innovative multi-user software and hardware with cutting edge technology: smart tables for smart solutions. Intuitive technology with a unique user experience, each of our touch tables has been intricately designed to compliment and enhance your team work flow. Rethink the office table. With a range of touch screen meeting tables available, from smart conference tables and interactive desks to coffee touch tables, nsquared has the tools for you to transform your old workspace into a paperless office in the digital age.

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