M9 WPF & Silverlight: Data Visualization, NUI, and Next Generation of User Experience


1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Level: Introductory to Intermediate

Prerequisite: None

Tim Huckaby

Tim Huckaby

Microsoft Global RD & MVP-Emerging Experiences

Founder / Exec Chairman

InterKnowlogy, Actus, VSBLTY

Tim Huckaby is an industry luminary focused on Emerging User Experiences, User Interaction Design and the Natural User Interface (NUI). Mr. Huckaby has over 35 years of technology experience including serving on a server product team as a development lead on an architecture team at Microsoft. Mr. Huckaby worked on some famous and not so famous Microsoft Server products in the late nineties. Mr. Huckaby is a Microsoft Global RD, a Microsoft MVP and serves on many councils and boards like the Microsoft Application Development Partner Advisory Council. Mr. Huckaby has been awarded many times for the highest rated technical & industry presentations and keynotes for Microsoft and many other vertical & technology conferences like CES and events all around the world. Mr. Huckaby is consistently rated in the top 10% of all speakers at these events. Having worked for or with Microsoft for over 25 years, Mr. Huckaby has been on stage with, and done numerous keynote demos for many Microsoft executives including Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. Mr. Huckaby has been published thousands of times including authoring 3 books and hundreds of magazine articles. Mr. Huckaby works directly with the Technology Press on messaging and industry comprehension. Mr. Huckaby’s expertise encompasses Emerging Experiences as Touch, Gesture, Voice Recognition, AR&VR, Holographic, Neural, Demographic, Emotional, & Facial Recognition and other futuristic interfaces as applied by a number of compelling software technologies on many hardware platforms on a broad spectrum of devices. Mr. Huckaby was deemed a “Pioneer of the Smart Client Revolution” by the press. Mr. Huckaby’s uncanny prediction of locally installed, native application dominance (ie: Apps) in spite of a web application popularity became true. This prediction of “The Smart Client Revolution” was the predecessor to the app store phenomena we see today where applications are downloaded from an application store and installed natively on the device as contrasted to using web applications in a browser. In 1999 Mr. Huckaby founded InterKnowlogy, a custom application development firm; a think tank of makers who create for all digital surfaces. IK continues to flourish close to twenty years later. In 2011 Mr. Huckaby founded Actus Interactive Software, which licenses a suite of Interactive Digital Signage products. In 2015 Mr. Huckaby founded VSBLTY, which provides a refrigerator/freezer solution for grocery stores, C-Stores and others that features doors, which are transparent HD capable touch screens. Among many features, the solution produces content based on a demographic profile or facial recognition and gathers the analytics of the consumers that walk into its range. The security version of this Digital Signage product can do facial recognition with over 90% accuracy, scaling to 250 million in the database, with 3 ms response times. Both Actus and VSBLTY were created as a product company compliments to InterKnowlogy. Mr. Huckaby is a founder of all three companies and serves each of them as Executive Chairman.

This session will be heavily demo focused to accentuate how the power of the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Microsoft Silverlight can be used to visualize data to produce amazing software.

WPF is the next-generation presentation sub-system for Windows. Silverlight is a broad reach sub-set of WPF that runs cross platform in the browser. These two XAML based developer technologies provide developers and designers with a unified programming model for building rich Windows client and RIA (Rich Internet Application) user experiences that incorporate UI, media, and documents. WPF & Silverlight use vector based graphics rendering, which results in better graphics and presentation for an application. WPF & Silverlight also has other consistent features such as layout, styling, and data binding, which, when you mix with interactivity, enables scenarios such as interactive data visualization. When you put all this together, you have a unified API for various presentation components, such as 2D and 3D documents and declarative programming through XAML, which is a powerful platform for data visualization that can be used to really “light-up” you enterprise and Internet applications. These XAML based developer technologies are manifested in 4 major application platforms (Windows Client (WPF), Silverlight (Cross Platform in the Browser), Windows Phone 7 & Microsoft Surface) and all will be covered in this session at some level.

You will learn:

  • How to get smart and over the learning curve of WPF and Silverlight