ECGC. For some of you, these four letters strung together might be indicative of the acronym for an electrocardiogram. For others, it might seem like an unfortunate misspelling of the beloved rock band AC/DC. And although Charlotte weather as of late certainly has us feeling Thunderstruck, neither of these guesses is correct.
Since you’re visiting our blog or are signed up for our newsletter, however, chances are that you already know that ECGC refers to the East Coast Game Conference, a three-day conference in Raleigh for gamers. Bringing around 2,000 attendees, this year’s event was held from April 19th – 21st, and our very own Dan Thyer was welcomed to speak as a session leader and Microsoft MVP.
When asked about his experience, Thyer, who donned the ‘tweet shirt’ that might be recognizable to many of you, replied, “It was a good time and an easy crowd to get excited about Microsoft technology.”
“In the crowd, you could see the wheels spinning on the projects that people were thinking on,” he said, going on to add, “One woman said that it was her favorite event at the conference!”
Dan’s session, titled “IoT – Use Game Tech to Control the Physical!” demoed many Microsoft Kinect apps and included discussion about Azure ML, as well as Azure IoT.
Thyer is particularly experienced in the technology offered by Microsoft, as he uses Microsoft Kinect to control a squirt gun that sprays his kids from the deck. In fact, on Halloween, he uses the vision system from Kinect to control six monsters that both scare and delight his kids!
This technology can be used for more than just fun, however. Thyer himself built a home automation system with which he can control devices in his house by simply pointing to the device to control and gesturing with the other hand to turn it on or off.
Microsoft also offers a variety of gaming technology, which is why Dan discussed cloud-based analytics during his session. These tools can be used to make predictions based on a model and can massively scale to any demand in the cloud. He also explained that this tool could be used to predict what your user is going to do, while also making decisions based on streaming data.
We would like to give a special thank you to Microsoft for welcoming Thyer to speak at ECGC! Keep scrolling to see pictures from the event. For more information about Logical Advantage, sign up for our newsletter, and follow us on Twitter @LogicalAdv.