Digital Narratives is a new, immersive project from Microsoft Research India which offers you a rich interactive multi-media experience.
The Microsoft Rich Interactive Narratives (RIN) research project aims to combine traditional forms of storytelling with new visualization technologies to create compelling interactive digital narratives.
The RIN project is an undertaking by Microsoft Research India in collaboration with the Interactive Visual Experience group in Microsoft Research Redmond and the Microsoft Research Connections.
RIN supports a large number of media formats; standard audio and video formats, text, as well as the new formats such as Microsoft Photosynth, Deep Zoom, etc. New visualization formats can be incorporated by adding dynamically-loadable plugins.
Typically, viewing a traditional narrative such as movies has been a passive experience, where the viewer is limited to the path the content author has defined. The viewer does not have the option to deviate from the narrative to explore, say, an interesting sculpture, or a different room.
RIN enables content authors to create narratives that contain a large amount of information without impacting the flow of the story by enabling viewers to explore rich interactive visualizations on their own at any time.
Check out the interactive video of Ladakh – The Domkhar Valley. Stop the video when you want, drag your cursor around to shift the focus, take close views, explore a bush in detail – go back, and more. This will give you an idea about what the project is all about.
These narratives require Microsoft Silverlight version 4 or higher.
By the way, heard of Microsoft Afkar, the cool new translation tool from Cairo Microsoft Innovation Lab?