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Taking natural interaction with computers to the next level
Imagine a future when we’ll do more than touch, swipe and tap away at our interactive work stations, but will communicate with our devices increasingly through voice and gesture. In meeting rooms, massive touchscreens will let multiple people interact simultaneously, while tracking who and where...
16 Apr 2014
Windows Store app development announced for Kinect for Windows
The Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and SDK are coming this summer to the Northern Hemisphere, it was announced Thursday at Build 2014. With them, developers will be able to start creating Windows Store apps with Kinect for the first time. The ability to build such apps has been a frequent request from...
3 Apr 2014
Kinect for Windows v2 at Build 2014: Amazing apps shared, from fun to physical therapy
Build 2014, now underway in San Francisco, is the perfect showcase for inventive solutions created with the latest Microsoft technologies, including apps created through the Kinect for Windows v2 developer program. One company, Freak’n Genius, is poised to flip animation on its head by taking...
3 Apr 2014
Sneak a peek at Kinect for Windows v2 hardware
As the debut of Kinect for Windows v2 nears, the Kinect for Windows team revealed Thursday the hardware’s final look. As you can see, the sensor closely resembles the Kinect for Xbox One, except that it says “Kinect” on the top panel, and the Xbox Nexus — the stylized green...
28 Mar 2014
You can’t trade places, but you can trade faces using Kinect for Windows v2 sensor
Have you ever wished you could look like someone else, maybe even imagine your face on their body, or vice versa? Just get that person in the same room with you, turn on the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and – voila! – behold the swap as shown in the video above from Apache. The demo was...
18 Mar 2014
Window shoppers get the Midas touch through Kinect for Windows and Gold Jay Z
I’m not saying they’re gold diggers, but more than 143,000 window shoppers in Manhattan showed they really dug Gold Jay Z – or at least the Macy’s store display for Beyonce’s husband’s cologne. It took Kinect for Windows to pause New York’s go-go-go attitude...
14 Mar 2014
An MVP’s look at the Kinect for Windows v2 developer preview
The Kinect for Windows team turned to James Ashley, a leader in developing with Kinect for Windows and a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP,) for a Q&A on his experiences with the preview sensor. He has been in the Developer Preview program for three months and he had some advice for other...
11 Mar 2014
Kinect for Windows v2 developer explores body imaging capabilities
Zubair Ahmed demonstrates the hand color frame received from the Kinect for Windows sensor. Zubair Ahmed, a participant in the Kinect for Windows v2 developer preview program, put his new v2 Kinect for Windows sensor through its paces and shares his findings in two blog posts, writes the...
27 Feb 2014
Kinect for Windows course simplifies creation of Windows Presentation Foundation apps
Kinect for Windows developers can use a set of features, “KinectInteraction,” to create Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) applications in which the movement of the user’s hand controls an on-screen hand, much like the movement of a mouse controls an on-screen cursor, writes the...
27 Feb 2014
Microsoft Health Users Group recognizes Innovation Awards recipients for healthcare information and management systems
For 19 years, the Microsoft Health Users Group ’s Innovation Awards have honored health organizations and their technology solution partners for using Microsoft devices and services in innovative ways. The winners of this year’s awards were announced Tuesday at the 2014 Annual - Healthcare...
25 Feb 2014
Watch Microsoft’s ‘Empowering’ ad from the Big Game
Jennifer J. Chen
The following post is from Mark Penn, Executive Vice President, Advertising and Strategy As Microsoft undergoes transformation in our organization, our products, and our relationship with consumers, it's important to state that our values of using technology to change lives and empower people...
3 Feb 2014
See how Kinect for Windows is revolutionizing treatment for stroke victims
Here are two more examples of how Kinect for Windows can be used to make physical rehabilitation more friendly, effective and affordable. Two distinct research teams – one in Canada, the other, a collaborative team of Microsoft and academic researchers in Asia – are working on separate projects...
22 Jan 2014
Retailers show off how Kinect for Windows helps them connect with customers
To stand out amongst 500 vendors in an exhibit space covering nearly four football fields, it helps if your demo includes the Microsoft Kinect for Windows sensor and SDK – and shows how their apps can engage customers. More than 30,000 retailers from around the world recently packed New York...
15 Jan 2014
NASA using Kinect for Windows to control a robotic arm remotely
NASA is using the latest version of Kinect for Windows to control an off-the-shelf robotic arm remotely, the Kinect for Windows team reports. Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have created a system that “links together an Oculus Rift head-mounted display with the gesture-recognition...
14 Jan 2014
By popular demand, Kinect for Windows expands developer preview program
The developer preview program for Kinect for Windows v2, announced last June, has been a big hit, with preview kits shipped to thousands of participants around the world. Because of the program’s popularity, another 500 kits are being made available to those who want to bring their great ideas...
20 Dec 2013
Doctors prescribing Kinect? Technology gives physical therapy a boost
The rehabilitation process can be just as brutal as the accident or injury that landed a patient there in the first place. In an effort to make physical therapy more engaging and efficient to patients (and therefore more successful for recovery), one company turned to Kinect, Microsoft’s hands...
10 May 2013
Turn any surface into a touch screen with Ubi and the Kinect for Windows sensor
Jennifer J. Chen
Ubi Interactive, a Seattle startup, provides the technology to transform any surface into an interactive touch screen. All you need is a computer running Ubi’s software, a projector and the Kinect for Windows sensor. The Walsh Group, a general building construction organization, has taken advantage...
14 Aug 2013
Passion for learning and technology yields three new Kinect for Windows apps
nsquared, a Sydney, Australia company that is passionate about learning and technology, has developed three new applications that take advantage of Kinect for Windows to provide users with interactive, natural user interface experiences. In a guest post over on the Kinect for Windows Blog, Celeste...
31 May 2013
Sign language translator uses Kinect as a bridge between the deaf and hearing
Kinect can be the bridge between folks who don’t speak the same language – and even those who can hear and those who can’t. A collaboration between Microsoft Research Asia, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Beijing Union University has created a prototype that translates sign language...
30 Oct 2013
See how Kinect for Windows helps you try on clothes – without taking any off
With Kinect, the customer is the controller, and now there are more ways than ever for customers to connect a satisfying retail experience with that technology in those stores. Take the example in the video above: Being able to try on clothes without taking any off. I don’t know about you, but...
14 Oct 2013
Microsoft Research founder: ‘We create the pieces from which a future can be created’
In his opening keynote address of Microsoft Research Asia ’s 15th Computing in the 21st Century Conference , Microsoft Research founder Rick Rashid wove his own remarkable career into a compelling case for the value of investing in research. Rashid’s talk on Nov. 1 at the Grand Theatre...
1 Nov 2013
Amana reinvents appliance shopping (halleluiah!) with Kinect for Windows and Windows Embedded
If you’ve ever gone appliance shopping, you know it’s not fun. However – and trust me on this – you don’t want to make an uninformed choice and risk suffering years with the wrong appliance. Maybe that’s why folks were buzzing around the new Amana demo that was on...
28 Jun 2013
Get the new Kinect for Windows 1.8 SDK
A new Kinect for Windows SDK is now available for download. The Version 1.8 update adds background removal, enhanced 3D modeling capabilities and Kinect Fusion improvements. To learn more, check out this post on the Kinect for Windows Blog. You might also be interested in: Bing debuts new...
17 Sep 2013
New video series ‘The Playlist’ debuts with focus on the Kinect Effect
We’re unveiling a new video mash-up series today called “The Playlist” that curates the coolest videos from around the Web. Every month, you’ll see video highlights that capture happenings from across the company, and what folks are doing with Microsoft technology. In “The...
3 Jul 2013
A closer look at the new Kinect for Windows sensor and SDK
In May, the Kinect for Windows team announced a new generation Kinect for Windows sensor next year – as well as a new software development kit (SDK). Today at the Build 2013 conference in San Francisco, more details emerged on the Kinect for Windows Blog . Starting today, developers can apply...
26 Jun 2013
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