Over the past few months, I've had this demo (below) emailed to me several times with comments to the effect of, "Holy crap, this is so amazing. I guess Microsoft can still do cool stuff every once in a while."
I usually laugh when I get those notes.
I've been aware of the Photosynth technology out of MSFT labs for a while now and I'd seen a demo of Sea Dragon as well. So, I laugh because I've already seen it and my friends assume that they're going to shock me. But, I also laugh because of the implicit commentary about Microsoft. I think it's really funny how many people assume that Microsoft is an old, boring, closed-minded company that's not doing anything exciting at all. On a semi-regular basis, I try to peek into their research labs site and see what's going on over there. In short, it's pretty amazing.
As I touched on in this post on perceptions and the media, Google's currently the hot company that everyone's paying attention to in the Internet space (with Facebook starting to give it a run for its money..). Whether it's Microsoft Surface, Yahoo! Answers, AOL Video or any number of other very cool developments from companies not named Google, the crowd seems to be overlooking a lot of it at the moment.
So here's an idea: go find out about something new and cool today that you're not aware of and then come back and tell me about it in my comments. I'd love to see what you find and share it back out with the rest of my readers in a subsequent blog post or two.
Go, now. Do it :)