TechFest 2008: Turning Ideas Into Reality

I told you, I would write about the things I am working on for the past months. And last week TechFest 2008 took place in Redmond/WA at Microsoft. Almost the whole team I am working with was there – I haven’t spoken to anybody yet personally but it seems to have gone well:

Rick Rashid, Microsoft Research senior vice president shows a prototype device with a Web-service interface developed by Microsoft researchers that runs an energy-management application that saves energy by actively monitoring the weather and energy variations. This is one of 40 exciting emerging technologies on display at Microsoft TechFest 2008 which brings researchers, customers, academics, dignitaries and employees. Redmond, Wash., March 4, 2008. Robert Sorbo/Microsoft/Handout

“Microsoft Research’s TechFest is an annual event that brings researchers from Microsoft’s labs around the world to Redmond to share their latest work with the product teams. Attendees will experience some of the freshest, most innovative technologies emerging from Microsoft’s research efforts. The event provides a forum in which product teams and researchers can discuss the incredible work occurring in the labs, thereby encouraging effective technology transfer into Microsoft products.”

fast forward to minute 24…one of the interesting bits starts right there!

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How big is the difference between QVGA and VGA PDA displays?

My personal Windows Mobile device I use as my PDA and phone is a QVGA device… I am using it for over 4 years now and I don’t have any cause to buy a new one… and that’s for the most part because if I would buy a new device it would have to be smaller and have a higher screen resolution…(and run all programs I am using right now…) – such a device does not exist…but here’s a comparison available:

“The advantage of a VGA screen is not limited to information it can show. Everything looks way better. Fonts are smoother. Also on QVGA screens, images lose detail. Just look at the diagram above.
VGA screens are better for reading ebooks. I don’t think the text is too small to read, you can zoom in as you wish.
The drawback is, VGA screens consume more power and they make the device slower. At least my x50v is slower. And its battery life is terrible.”