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  • Blog Post: List of four Kinect Security items

    For a device that should be all about games, people are sure thinking up ways to use the Kinect for things like medicine and security.  With security you might want to take a look at the following URLs: In home paranoia: Kinect Long Term Privacy Issues Daunting? A cover for your Kinect: Address...
  • Blog Post: Designing for the Windows Kinect: Hover Buttons

    Hover buttons, pretty cool, but not well explained in the documentation that I have found.  Hover buttons add a cool effect and cause hovering of an object over another object to appear to be similar to a click. The best examples of using the Hover buttons are found at: http://raychambers.wordpress...
  • Blog Post: 5 things you need so you can to start programming with C++ and Kinect

    Here are the 5 or so things you need to program C++ and Kinect: There are four chapters of an excellent book at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh145619(v=vs.88).aspx Buy a Windows Kinect, not the XBox 360 Kinect, shop around, but the Windows Kinect will be supported longer.  If you have...
  • Blog Post: List of items to help you get started with teaching C++ using the Kinect

    Yeech.  C++. After nearly 20 years of advancement in software development, C++ is returning.  Sort of like that old girlfriend (or boyfriend, your choice) that you dumped years ago, now you are divorced, and you run into her (him) at Starbucks.  She/he looks just the same as they did 20...
  • Blog Post: 5 Ways To Make Money with the Cloud!

    Number 1 with a bullet! Read Bruno Terkaly excellent article about how the Microsoft Azure Cloud works with mobile platforms and not just the Windows Phone 7. Bruno is no Microsoft Fanboy and you should definitely read his blog, I do. But it doesn’t help with my style, Bruno’s blog is...
  • Blog Post: Colliding with Expression Design to Expression Blend to WP7 and Kinect Part 1 of 3 or so

    This is a three part series, maybe a little longer, who knows.  I would if I did any planning.  For my blog.  I do plan when I code big projects, but with my blog I like to just goof around and have fun.  So what if you ran into Gisele Bundchen, that would be a collision.  And...
  • Blog Post: 5 top things that work together: Kinect, Windows Phone 7, Expression Design, Expression Blend and Visual Studio

    Hey Clint Eastwood said Detroit is showing us how it can be done on that Bowl Game last Sunday, we all can work together.  How about the way design tools are working together. So if you want to design for Windows Phone 7, but you also want to design something for the Kinect and Windows, and you...
  • Blog Post: Kinect: Curriculum for the classroom

    In case you are a high school teacher you might want to download this free curriculum: https://www.facultyresourcecenter.com/curriculum/pfv.aspx?ID=8920&c1=en-us&c2=0&Login=&wa=wsignin1.0 You will need to have a LiveID to get to the document. This does not show you how to program the...
  • Blog Post: Kinect: Autistic Children respond to Kinect!?

    Some questions have come up around the use of Kinect and Autistic children, as usual any good questions are fuel for my blog! Bear in mind I don’t have children, and only deal with Computer Science students and professors as well as fellow team members and managers at Microsoft.  But the question...
  • Blog Post: Kinect: What the Kinect can do in the classroom

    Use Xbox 360, Kinect™ for Xbox 360 and Kinect Adventures or Kinect Sports to generate classroom learning in a number of themes. The resources at the link below has been designed to provide a variety of ideas and strategies for how an instructor might choose to use kinect in the classroom. These ideas...
  • Blog Post: Free ly thinking: WPF and Kinect and NUI, but not NUD

    My favorite new guy on the team, Jerry Nixon , (click on his name to see his blog), my favorite because he is the only new guy. But considering my own seniority at Microsoft, most everyone is a new person. And I sent him an email yesterday, similar to the following: ******************************...
  • Blog Post: Bing Map SDK Beta, could you use it with Kinect?

    Checking the most excellent source of all things Kinect and there is no demo project that uses Kinect with Bing Map SDK.  Think about it, if you watched the movie Minority Report (but not the Philip K. Dick story of the same name) the detectives were using a tool that looked a lot like Kinect. So...
  • Blog Post: Free Kinect SDK released today

    Oh boy, Kinect SDK was released today. You probably heard about it from other sources, if you haven’t here is a video. Download the SDK here: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/kinectsdk/ Have fun!
  • Blog Post: Research: Kinect for Windows SDK beta

    For natural user interface researchers this is good news!  To be able to utilize the Kinect for Windows SDK Beta in research is going to lead to improvements in physical therapy, touchless data entry in sterile environments, as well as other unknown applications. I would recommend that you go to...
  • Blog Post: Kinect: Researcher briefs the ADEs at the Imagine Cup

    Stewart Tansley gave a briefing on Kinect SDK for Windows that will come out later in the year. Looks pretty exciting. More information after MIX. The Microsoft Kinect SDK for Windows will be focused for the hobbyists, students, professors, non-commercial researchers. This is exciting news for hobbyists...
  • Blog Post: Free eBook! Windows Phone Game Programming For Beginners

    Rob Miles announced a free eBook for Windows Phone Game Programmers, which can be used in the classroom as well as for those who want a low cost hobby that can make some money! Get over to Rob Miles blog about his free book before he wises up and puts this excellent book up for sale on Amazon! http:...
  • Blog Post: Super Successful Student Server!

    Dan Waters on his blog at: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dawate/archive/2011/01/24/the-super-successful-student-server-development-environments-for-us-imagine-cup-teams.aspx?CommentPosted=true#commentmessage Discussed a project I have been working on for the past few months, and his blog explains the situation...
  • Blog Post: What I decided to do about blogging about exam 70-511, Kinect, XBox, Imagine Cup and USC

    As a matter of principle, I will do two blogs on days that I write about Code Security or about the specifics of the 70-511 exam.  One with a general discussions on Kinect, XBox, Quantum Computing, Imagine Cup technology and so forth.  The other one will be on the 70-511 exam.  For example...
  • Blog Post: Discussions about secure code design is not a traffic driver

    Wow, talk about a drop in blog hits, writing about secure code is a definite bummer.  It makes sense, since design secure code is really boring, and frankly I think that trusting humans to generate secure code is insane. OF COURSE talking about Kinect, or designing Xbox games, is attractive, writing...
  • Blog Post: Free Tools: Getting started with XNA and Windows Phone 7 Game Design

      You may be wondering where to get started with designing XBox Games and Windows Phone 7 Games, it’s simple: The AppHub, link: http://create.msdn.com Click on this box the “Download the free tools” Follow the instructions for installation, it will take a bit of time, so be patient. When you get...
  • Blog Post: Part 6, More on List<T>: Removing an item from Windows Phone 7

    List<T> can be used for many things, think about exploding subatomic particles in the CERN research facility.  The shower of particles are thrown against sensors that measure their mass.  So you need to quickly store all of that information, and it is really a single thing: MASS. The...
  • Blog Post: Free Kinect Information: Microsoft Diversity versus Apple stores Sterility

    Made you look. :) It appears that the Kinect is a sellout and if you want to buy one you might want to go to the Microsoft stores. I was giving a talk at a Microsoft store on Saturday in Mission Viejo, California and the Kinects were FLYING out the door. People were streaming in and buying the Kinects...
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