Microsoft Admiral Edge Case We invented a one of a kind machine for Microsoft to showcase at events

The challenge

The team at Microsoft have been working hard to make the latest Internet Explorer standards compliant, meaning that many of the historically required CSS/JavaScript hacks are a thing of the past. To aid developers, they've built this tool to help identify any potential issues with a given website. They approached us to find an innovative way to attract event/conference attendees to come and use this tool.

How it worked

Admiral Edgecase was a 5 day hack-spirited build in the basement of the Microsoft campus in Reading with a goal of creating a bit of theatre to help draw in the crowds at conferences. With inspiration drawn from the steampunk era, we created a modified arcade cabinet complete with: RGB lights, copper cladding, a supermarket till display, brass studs, knobs, raspberry pis, switches, dials, fetching green felt, edison light bulbs, arduinos, leather, a smoke machine, a plasma ball and a receipt printer.

It stands at an imposing seven feet tall, with flickering lights, a smoke machine and casters on the bottom for smooth transportation.

The user is greeted with a prompt to enter their website address and interact with various switches and lights to initiate the test sequence, after which the Admiral begins his analysis.

A few blips, bleeps and bloops later, and after a thorough billowing of smoke, the results of their test are printed out on a receipt for them to take away.

What happened next?

People even started making their very own "mini" edge cases

The Micro Edge Case by Lilian Kasem



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