Microsoft Research launches new Expressive Pixels platform

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  • As a result of the continuous collaboration with the ALS community, Microsoft Research announced the new Expressive Pixels.
  • Both amateur enthusiasts and computer savvy programmers can take advantage of this platform.
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Microsoft Research launches Expressive Pixels platform

Microsoft Research has just announced a new Expressive Pixels platform dedicated to users who want to create and display animations on LED displays and other digital devices, including PCs.

This Windows 10 project is the result of years of hard work and dedication coming from Microsoft’s’ Enable Group. They collaborated with members of the ALS Community.

This includes people with severe speech and mobility disabilities, as well as their families, caregivers, clinicians, and non-profit partners, in order to get a better understanding of how they experience human connections and expressions.

Expressive Pixels promotes ease of communication

Expressive Pixels app

The beginnings of this platform aren’t related to hardware or software concepts. Instead, the Enable team launched an app based on a set of values that revolve around deep empathy and ease of communication.

Bernice You, the General Manager of Strategy and Projects in Small, Medium & Corporate Business at Microsoft, as part of the Expressive Pixels project team, declares:

We focus so much on basic day to day functions, but if you look at what makes us human, there are emotions. We want to express and connect with each other. (…) Being productive is great, but we want to be humans too. It’s quite an untouched space.

Expressive Pixels is designed for amateur enthusiasts and computer savvy programmers alike. The only requirement is the will to build new animated visualizations with ease.

More specifically, those who are eager to try out the platform shouldn’t worry about later programming their creation on small devices.

That’s what the app does from the very start. Therefore, Microsoft’s Expressive Pixels provides an inspiring experience for strong and real connections between all humans.

For those who are interested, you may download the Microsoft Expressive app for free from the Microsoft Store.

Let us know if you like the platform and the idea behind it by using the comments area below.