David Rappaport, a University of Colorado came up with the idea of sending a balloon to the edge of space during his internship with Microsoft Surface which he started a few months ago. Now, more than 20 of his fellow interns would stick with the project. Public can participate the balloon launch by helping to control the camera that is attached to the balloon’s payload.
“I just thought it would be cool to have a fun side project to work on after hours,” he says, and came up with one that involves various Microsoft technologies – including Surface, Microsoft Azure, Internet Explorer and Bing apps – to create an interactive experience. Little did he realize when he first formed the idea that he’d hear from . The balloon will launch at noon PT on Saturday, Aug. 9, from a remote area in Washington state.
The balloon’s camera will live stream video to the interns’ Nimbus website, and the idea, Rappaport says, is that people anywhere can go to the site to watch the video and even take control of the camera to have a “look around, during the flight.”
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