Microsoft ESP Buzz

We’ve posted case studies from a couple of our launch partners on the ESP Website.  They are located on the Resources page.

Adacel MaxSim Flight Trainer

The first one, from Adacel, is a .DOC file describing their MaxSim Flight Trainer program.  I’m going to quote the Executive Overview paragraph here, because it really says it all about what ESP is, but do go read the entire Case Study Document.

Adacel wanted to be first to market with an integrated flight and air traffic control (ATC) simulation solution for flight schools not served by multi-million dollar offerings. It created the MaxSim Flight Trainer based on its own speech-driven Air Traffic Control simulation technology and the Microsoft® ESP™ visual simulation platform. Adacel created the integrated solution in just three weeks with a single developer, and produced a rich, immersive flight simulation experience that it estimates would have taken millions of dollars and months of work to create from scratch. The extensive after-market of add-ons for Microsoft ESP helps to ensure that Adacel and its customers can easily extend the simulation. And the low-cost Windows® hardware on which it runs helps to ensure that the MaxSim Flight Trainer is more cost-effective, scalable, and transportable than traditional, proprietary offerings.

Acron Capability Engineering

The second one, from Acron, is a Windows Media Video file produced by Acron describing the ways they are using Microsoft ESP.  Here’s a link to some news/press releases from Acron, including information about a couple of support products they will be offering including a 3D modeling program and a HLA interface for Microsoft ESP.

Northrop Grumman

This one isn’t on our Resources page, but Northrop Grumman has put out a Press Release announcing they will be using Microsoft ESP as part of their C4ISR Route and Mission planning system.  In fact, I’ll be up in Reston, VA all next week, at the Microsoft Technology Center, helping them work on a Proof of Concept for this.


Well, that’s all the case studies/press releases I’ve come across so far, will post again as I find more of these.



Microsoft ESP at I/ITSEC

Several members of the Microsoft ESP team are down in Orlando this week at the I/ITSEC conference.  Anybody interested can check out the I/ITSEC web site, which has the daily conference newspaper, ShowDaily, available as PDF files for each day.  If you take a gander at the Tuesday Nov 27th issue, on page 10, there’s a write up about Microsoft ESP.


I’ve got ESP …

No, I can’t tell what you are thinking (but stop thinking that or you’ll go blind :-> ), I’m talking about Microsoft ESP ( of course.  What is Microsoft ESP I hear you asking (and no, really, I don’t read minds), well, I’ll let the Press Release answer that as its much better at it than I could be.  And just why am I bringing this up (besides the fact that we just announced the new product today), why because I just transferred to the ESP team a couple of weeks ago of course.  I see great things in the future (and I promise that’s the last cheap ESP joke, for this post at least :->).
Well, Simulation DevCon 2007 has come and gone now, and from everything I heard both during the DevCon and since it seems to have been a great success (big kudos to the AVSim folks for organizing all the conference logistics).  If you happened to hear there were some announcements at the DevCon that weren’t allowed out in public, well see the first paragraph for info about one of them that is now public :->
FanCon immediately followed the DevCon, and also seemed to be well received by those in attendence, although I got to admit, I was pretty much conferenced out after the DevCon and was sorta dragging through the FanCon part.  I did get one of the Vuzix VR920 VR goggles to play with though (more on that after I’ve had some time with it).  Lots of cool stuff on display including several different styles of motion platforms including muscle powered, electric actuators, and hydraulic based systems (don’t recall seeing any pnuematic based systems though).
Welp, I gotta get to sleep.  If the Microsoft ESP link above doesn’t work, try it again later, we’re experiencing some technical difficulties at the moment :->

On the Road Again …

… I don’t have to wait to get back on the road again, as I’m on it right now :->.  I’m currently in Grinnell, IA, about to start my second day of a 3 day drive from Virginia to Seattle/Redmond, Washington for both some direct work related stuff and the AVSIM conference next weekend.  If all goes well, I should be in Ogden, UT by the time I stop tonight.
I’ll try to remember to post some updates here about the conference, that way I’ll have updates that are less than 6 months apart :->
And just to give the post a little Flight Sim-ness, a hint/feature for folks with the XPack and enjoying the online racing feature, wouldn’t it be nice to see each individual lap time?  Well, while viewing the in-game version of the race results screen (ie the semi-see through version you get right after crossing the finish line), if you right click on a users name in the list, that item will expand out to show all the lap times, right clicking again will collapse that line back to normal.
Well, gotta get back on the road again, Salt Lake Cit or BUST :->