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  • Blog Post: Styku Smart Fitting Room Expected to Improve Online Shopping Experience, Reduce Returns

    Styku, a Kinect Accelerator startup, set out to alter clothes shopping for retailers by using the Kinect for Windows sensor and software development kit to develop its Smart Fitting Room quickly, a new case study reports. The technology will soon be used by Brooks Brothers, IM-Label, and other fashion...
  • Blog Post: And One More Thing About 1.5…

    Since our announcement of Kinect for Windows version 1.5 in “ What’s Ahead: A Sneak Peek ” there have been a few questions that have come up that I wanted to answer. There have been some folks who have thought that 1.5 included new hardware. Version 1.5 is our new software release...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for Windows Applications Shown at Microsoft TechForum

    This year’s Microsoft TechForum provided an opportunity for Craig Mundie, Microsoft Chief Research and Strategy Officer, to discuss the company’s vision for the future of technology as well as showcase two early examples of third-party Kinect for Windows applications in action. Mundie...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for Windows is now Available!

    On January 9th, Steve Ballmer announced at CES that we would be shipping Kinect for Windows on February 1st. I am ve ry pleased to report that today version 1.0 of our SDK and runtime were made available for download, and distribution partners in our twelve launch countries are starting to ship Kinect...
  • Blog Post: Near Mode: What it is (and isn’t)

    There has been a lot of speculation on what near mode is since we announced it. As I mentioned in the original post , the Kinect for Windows device has new firmware which enables the depth camera to see objects as close as 50 centimeters in front of the device without losing accuracy or precision, with...
  • Blog Post: Starting February 1, 2012: Use the Power of Kinect for Windows to Change the World

    We’re thrilled at the sales we’ve seen for Kinect - 18 million sold in the past year – and we were honored to receive a Guinness World Record for the fastest selling consumer electronics device ever. As consumers, we may take devices like Kinect for granted, but in fact electronic devices...
  • Blog Post: FIRST Teams to Use Kinect for Windows to Control Robots

    Getting technology to do what you want can be challenging. Imagine building a remote-controlled robot in 6 weeks, from pre-defined parts, which can perform various tasks in a competitive environment. That’s the challenge presented to 2,500 teams of students who will be participating in the FIRST...
  • Blog Post: Kinect Accelerator Program Seeking Innovators

    In March, ten startups will converge on Seattle to start developing commercial and gaming applications that utilize Kinect's innovative natural user interface (NUI). As part of the Microsoft Kinect Accelerator program, they will have three months and a wealth of resources—including access to Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for Windows – Building the Future

    Since announcing a few weeks ago that the Kinect for Windows commercial program will launch in early 2012, we’ve been asked whether there will also be new Kinect hardware especially for Windows. The answer is yes; building on the existing Kinect for Xbox 360 device, we have optimized certain hardware...
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