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  • Blog Post: Two hackathons—one city: creativity reigns in Austin, Texas

    Austin, Texas: capital of the Lone Star State, home to the Texas Longhorns, and host of not one but two Kinect for Windows hackathons in the past few weeks. We were blown away—like Texas tumbleweeds, you know—by the ingenuity and talent on display at these Austin events. NUI Central Kinect...
  • Blog Post: Kinect gets artistic

    While we’ve always thought that Kinect for Windows was a work of art, figuratively speaking, we are delighted to see the art world embracing the Kinect sensor as a creative tool. Two highly imaginative artistic uses of Kinect for Windows recently caught our attention, and we want to share them...
  • Blog Post: Kinect comes to the aid of golfers

    Virtual golfers may be eagerly anticipating the upcoming EA Sports PGA Tour for Xbox One , which is slated to include Kinect for Windows motion controls. But real golfers—the ones who actually hit the links—don’t have to wait to enjoy the golfing benefits of Kinect. They can use the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Store provides new market for Kinect apps

    In case you hadn't noticed, the Windows Store added something really special to its line-up not too long ago: its first Kinect applications. The ability to create Windows Store applications had been a longstanding request from the Kinect for Windows developer community, so we were very pleased to deliver...
  • Blog Post: Using Kinect to monitor Parkinson’s patients

    Swedish neurologists and software developers have teamed up to create a potentially groundbreaking way to monitor patients with Parkinson’s disease. The secret ingredient? Kinect for Windows. Softronic, an IT management and consulting company headquartered in Stockholm, joined forces with the...
  • Blog Post: Kinect helps bring technology to Chinese classrooms and community centers

    NuiStar, a software development company based in Nanjing, China, has utilized the Kinect sensor and SDK (software development kit) to bring cutting-edge technology to China’s schools and community centers. The centerpiece of the company’s offerings is their natural user interface, or NUI...
  • Blog Post: Kinect-powered experiences bring people together

    The following blog was guest authored by Kyle Banuelos, co-founder of Stublisher Inc., a startup that engineers interactive experiences for cutting-edge campaigns, events, spaces, and connected devices. Mini-computers, powerful microcontrollers, and sensors (such as Kinect), are increasingly becoming...
  • Blog Post: This nurse makes house calls, thanks to Kinect for Windows

    Telemedicine has become one of the hot trends in healthcare, with more and more patients and doctors using smartphones and tablets to exchange medical information. The convenience of not having to travel to the doctor’s office or clinic is a big part of the appeal—as is the relief of not...
  • Blog Post: Dancing the night away with Kinect v2

    Visitors to Seattle’s 2014 Decibel Festival expected the avant-garde. After all, this four-day event celebrated innovations in electronic music, visual art, and new media. But even the most jaded attendees must have been surprised to encounter the Cube, a 4-foot-square block of transparent acrylic...
  • Blog Post: Working the angles…with Kinect

    Angles are all around us: the hands of a clock, the blades of a pair of scissors, the corner of a countertop. But while angles are ubiquitous in our environment, acquiring an abstract understanding of angles and their measurement, which is critical to our ability to solve geometric and trigonomic problems...
  • Blog Post: Ubi’s Kinect-powered touchscreens: an affordable solution for the classroom

    Victor Cervantes was searching for a solution. As IT director for COBAEP, a public high school system in of the Mexican state of Puebla, he was committed to introducing digital technology into the system’s 37 high schools. Cervantes firmly believed that the use of technology would both improve...
  • Blog Post: Kinect powers cost-effective stroke therapy

    Imagine how your life would change if you couldn’t easily move the arm and hand on one side of your body. For more than 2 million Americans, this scenario requires no imagination: it's their reality, brought on by a stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, or some other neurological...
  • Blog Post: Kinect-powered kiosk enlisted in fight against Ebola

    Kinect’s gesture-enabled interactions can be entertaining (think games), profitable (think marketing), or educational (think kinesthetic learning). And sometimes, they can be potentially lifesaving! Such was the case when the British Army asked CDS, a communications-solution company based in...
  • Blog Post: Connecting with beer lovers, Kinect-style

    A lost puppy and his Clydesdales stablemates may have commanded the advertising spotlight during Super Bowl XLIX, but for our money, the real marketing magic from brewer Anheuser-Busch was on display at the “House of Whatever,” a gigantic tent set up for three days outside the stadium. Inside...
  • Blog Post: Kinect-enabled solutions offer insights on retail customers

    If you wanted to see the latest, most innovative technology for retailers, the 2015 National Retail Federation (NRF) Expo was the place to be. This annual event, popularly known as the “Big Show,” took place January 11–13 in New York City. For the third consecutive year, the Kinect...
  • Blog Post: Intel-GE Care Innovations uses Kinect solution to help elderly patients

    “I’ve fallen … and I can’t get up.” That line, from a low-budget 1980s TV commercial hawking a personal medical emergency call button, has been fodder for countless comedians over the years. But falls among the elderly are anything but a laughing matter, especially to Maureen...
  • Blog Post: Hackers shine in the Great White North

    Earlier this month, we traveled north for a developer hackathon at the Burnaby campus of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), located in the heart of the Vancouver metropolitan area. The event, which was hosted by BCIT and co-sponsored by our team along with Occipital (makers of the Structure...
  • Blog Post: Re-imagining banking with Kinect for Windows

    Someday, people might reminisce about the days when ATMs were the state of the art in offsite banking. That day might come sooner than expected, thanks in part to Kinect for Windows technology. Diebold, Incorporated , a worldwide leader in integrated service solutions, has unveiled a prototype of a standalone...
  • 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...
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