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  • Blog Post: Hackers display their creativity at Amsterdam hackathon

    We recently traveled to the Netherlands’ capital for our latest developer hackathon. The venue, Pakhuis de Zwijger, a former refrigerated warehouse located on one of Amsterdam’s many canals, made for a very unique setting. Developers from all over Europe came for the 28-hour event, which...
  • Blog Post: Media wall promotes engagement at Liberty University

    Ah, the college library: a place of studious reflection and solipsistic quietude—and these days, a whole lot more. On many campuses today, parts of the library have become centers of interactive, multimedia experiences. And perhaps no school has taken this aspect of the modern library further than...
  • Blog Post: Kinect with soccer and suds

    What’s better than watching your team compete in the World Cup? Perhaps enjoying the game with a refreshing beer, especially if you purchased the brew at a nice discount. Thanks to a Kinect for Windows application, Argentine fans were able to do just that. The Kinect-based display rewarded Argentine...
  • Blog Post: Hackers put Kinect for Windows v2 through its paces

    The Kinect for Windows team recently traveled to New York City for a terrific hackathon. In partnership with NUI Central , we had the pleasure of sponsoring a 27-hour event, June 21–22, focused on creating innovative applications and experiences using the forthcoming Kinect for Windows v2 sensor...
  • Blog Post: Kinect-powered stroke rehab system gets FDA clearance

    Back in January, we featured a story about Jintronix and its innovative rehabilitation system that uses Kinect for Windows to help stroke victims recover physical functions. The origins of that story date back to April 2012, when Jintronix, then based out of Montreal, became one of 11 startups selected...
  • Blog Post: Real-time 3D scanning stuns the gnome world

    Garden gnomes: they decorate our yards, take bizarre trips , and now can be scanned in 3D in real time by using readily available computer hardware, as can be seen in this video from ReconstructMe . The developers employed the preview version of the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and SDK, taking advantage...
  • Blog Post: BUILDing business with Kinect for Windows v2

    BUILD—Microsoft’s annual developer conference—is the perfect showcase for inventive, innovative solutions created with the latest Microsoft technologies. As we mentioned in our previous blog , some of the technologists who have been part of the Kinect for Windows v2 developer preview...
  • Blog Post: Holiday shoppers got the Midas touch

    Ever wonder what you’d look like drenched in gold? December shoppers in Manhattan were captivated by just such images when they paused before an innovative window display for the new men’s cologne Gold Jay Z at Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square. This innovative, engaging display...
  • Blog Post: An MVP’s look at the Kinect for Windows v2 developer preview

    A few months ago, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) James Ashley, a leader in developing with Kinect for Windows, wrote a very perceptive blog about Kinect for Windows v2 entitled, Kinect for Windows v2 First Look . James’ blog was so insightful that we wanted to check in with him after...
  • Blog Post: Course simplifies creation of WPF applications

    KinectInteraction is a set of features, first introduced in Developer Toolkit 1.7, which allows Kinect-enabled applications to incorporate gesture-based interactivity. Developers can use KinectInteraction to create Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) applications in which the movement of the user’s...
  • Blog Post: Exploring v2 body imaging capabilities

    In a pair of related blog posts, Zubair Ahmed, a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional nominee and a participant in the Kinect for Windows v2 developer preview program, put his new v2 Kinect for Windows sensor through its paces. In the first post , Zubair demonstrates how to use the body source data captured...
  • Blog Post: My, you’ve grown…

    That’s what you might be thinking as you scroll through the posts on this site. That’s because we’ve merged the Kinect for Windows developer and product blogs. This union creates a “one-stop shop” for news about Kinect for Windows: a single source for learning about cool...
  • Blog Post: Super Bowl ad showcases Kinect for Windows during surgery

    It’s not often that we get to tell the Kinect for Windows story to millions of people at the same time, so being featured in a commercial during Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday, February 2, was a thrill. That Microsoft Super Bowl ad showed how technology is #empowering lives, including how GestSure, a...
  • Blog Post: Mysteries of Kinect for Windows Face Tracking output explained

    Since the release of Kinect for Windows version 1.5, developers have been able to use the Face Tracking software development kit (SDK) to create applications that can track human faces in real time. Figure 1, an illustration from the Face Tracking documentation , displays 87 of the points used to track...
  • Blog Post: Mirror, mirror, on the screen…who’s the fairest on the scene?

    One of the highlights of the recent Consumer Electronics Show was the three-dimensional augmented reality Beauty Mirror shown by ModiFace, a leader in virtual makeover technology. With help from a Kinect for Windows sensor and a PC, the Beauty Mirror enables customers to view the simulated effects of...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for Windows sets tone at high-tech library

    Photos by Kevin Manguiob, Liberty University (left and center) Lizzy Benson, Liberty University (right) Liberty University, one of the world’s largest online education providers , celebrated the grand opening of its new Jerry Falwell Library on January 15. The $50 million, 170,000-square-foot...
  • Blog Post: Jintronix makes rehabilitation more convenient, fun, and affordable with Kinect for Windows

    A stroke can be a devastating experience, leaving the patient with serious physical impairments and beset by concerns for the future. Today, that future is much brighter, as stroke rehabilitation has made enormous strides. Now, Jintronix offers a significant advance to help stroke patients restore their...
  • Blog Post: Robotic control gets a boost

    From home vacuum cleaners to automotive welders to precision surgical aids, robots are making their way into every facet of our lives. Now NASA, no stranger to the world of robotics, is using the latest version of Kinect for Windows to control an off-the-shelf robotic arm remotely. Engineers at NASA’s...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for Windows expands its developer preview program

    Last June, we announced that we would be hosting a limited, exclusive developer preview program for Kinect for Windows v2 prior to its general availability in the summer (northern hemisphere) of 2014. And a few weeks ago, we began shipping Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview kits to thousands of...
  • Blog Post: Thousands of developers are participating in Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview—starting today

    In addition to being a great day for Xbox One, today is also a great day for Kinect for Windows. We have started delivering Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview kits to program participants. The Developer Preview includes a pre-release Kinect for Windows v2 sensor, access to the new generation Kinect...
  • Blog Post: Enabling retailers to drive business in new, innovative ways

    It is essential for retailers to find ways to attract and connect with customers—and to stand out from the competition. To help them do so, the industry is grappling with how to build interactive experiences at scale that engage and truly help customers make satisfying purchasing decisions while...
  • Blog Post: Updated SDK, with HTML5, Kinect Fusion improvements, and more

    I am pleased to announce that we released the Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK) 1.8 today. This is the fourth update to the SDK since we first released it commercially one and a half years ago. Since then, we’ve seen numerous companies using Kinect for Windows worldwide, and more...
  • Blog Post: Turn any surface into a touch screen with Ubi Interactive and Kinect for Windows

    The following blog post was guest authored by Anup Chathoth, co-founder and CEO of Ubi Interactive. Ubi Interactive is a Seattle startup that was one of 11 companies from around the world selected to take part in a three-month Microsoft Kinect Accelerator program in the spring of 2012. Since then...
  • Blog Post: Join Now, BUILD for Tomorrow

    Today at Microsoft BUILD 2013, we made two important announcements for our Kinect for Windows developer community. First, starting today, developers can apply for a place in our upcoming developer kit program. This program will give participants exclusive early access to everything they need to start...
  • Blog Post: Siemens uses Kinect for Windows to improve nuclear plant employee safety

    As you might imagine, working in a nuclear power plant provides special challenges. One crucial aspect for any project is the need to minimize employee exposure to radiation by applying a standard known as As Low As Reasonably Achievable—ALARA for short. How this works: Plant ALARA managers...
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