Build Intelligent Robots with EZ-Robot and Microsoft Cognitive Services

What if a robot could tell how you are feeling? Microsoft Cognitive Services is a set of APIs and SDK services that can enable developers to easily add features that can detect emotion, identify objects and understand language understanding into their applications. Imagine utilizing that same set of features in a robot. Enter Calgary based…


Tackling the Dragon – Converting a Java Based Game to Universal Windows Platform

Ragnarök is Nigh. Hamilton Ontario based Thrive games have been working on their lead game, Dragon of Legends for sometime with aspirations of delivering their game to the Steam platform.  The game uncovers countless mysteries of the past as players battle across platforms in a vibrant 2D world inspired by Celtic and Norse mythology. Our…

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Augmenting Image Metadata with Cognitive Services

Hello Folks, This week, the team from Microsoft Canada has partnered with 4 startup teams at Communitech, an industry-led Waterloo Ontario based innovation centre that supports and fosters a community of nearly 1,000 tech companies, to incorporate Microsoft Cognitive Services into their offerings. While I am unfortunately unable to be there, I wanted to share…


Harnessing Chatbots via Xamarin.Forms to Automate Disaster Recovery Resource Obtainment

Recently Microsoft partnered with Robust Choice Cloud Solutions to create an intelligent solution that would enable two-way mass communication with citizens affected by natural disasters. Robust Choice Cloud Solutions Inc., is a Canadian startup company formed out of the University of British Columbia’s entrepreneurship center in 2013. Robust Choice emerged from years of cutting-edge academic…


Teaching Drones to Aid Search and Rescue Efforts via Cognitive Services

InDro Robotics, a drone operating outfit based in Salt Spring Island British Columbia, recently connected with our team at Microsoft to explore how they could better enable their drones for search and rescue efforts. The team joined forces to create a Proof of Concept to test the ability of automatic object detection to transform search…


DevOps Basics: Harnessing Continuous Integration and Infrastructure As Code

Hello folks, A little while ago, Vancouver based start-up Roomsy and Microsoft collaborated in a Hackfest to explore how Azure Web App services and DevOps best practices could address their needs. Roomsy is a cloud-based Property Management System. It provides its customer a platform to manage their rental property, take reservations that are created through…


Step-By-Step: Securing a Xamarin app with Azure AD’s Multi-factor Authentication

In a recent collaboration between PCL and Microsoft, the team came together to digitally transform a manual onboarding process for contractors at local jobsites. The current paper-based process, with its triplicate impact forms, meant high costs for PCL in both form printing and the manual input hours clocked by the PCL Human Resources team.  Plans…

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Cloud4Good: Building an Inclusive Chat Bot for Athletes with Disabilities

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In the relatively new space of Conversations as a Platform, many organizations have begun to incorporate chat bots into the structure of their business as tools to drive sales and manage customer relations. But beyond these use cases, what else can bots do? For five days in February, a team composed of four Technical Evangelists,…

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Cloud4Good: Cloning, Compiling and Deploying the Child Finder Xamarin Mobile App

Back in October RedBit had an opportunity to participate in a weekend hack to try and leverage technology to find missing children. It was a collaboration with Missing Children Society of Canada, City of Calgary, Calgary Police Service, Microsoft and RedBit. This article will focus on how to get the Xamarin project up and running…

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Cloud4Good: Extracting Data from the Twitter API through Azure Functions

Azure Functions has quickly become one of my favorite technologies  in Azure. I find myself working a wide range of projects; with many of them being proof of concepts or hack-a-thons. With these formats, I am always looking for the fastest ways to develop the critical pieces of the software. For the Missing Children Society…

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