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  • Blog Post: Inside the Newest Kinect for Windows SDK—Infrared Control

    The Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK) October release was a pivotal update with a number of key improvements. One important update in this release is how control of infrared (IR) sensing capabilities has been enhanced to create a world of new possibilities for developers. IR sensing...
  • Blog Post: Monsters Come to Life with Kinect for Windows

    It all started with a couple of kids and a remarkable idea, which eventually spawned two terrifying demon dogs and their master. This concept is transforming the haunt industry and could eventually change how theme parks and other entertainment businesses approach animated mechanical electronics (animatronics...
  • Blog Post: Inside the Kinect for Windows SDK Update with Peter Zatloukal and Bob Heddle

    Now that the updated Kinect for Windows SDK is available for download, Engineering Manager Peter Zatloukal and Group Program Manager Bob Heddle sat down to discuss what this significant update means to developers. Bob Heddle demonstrates the new infrared functionality in the Kinect for Windows SDK...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for Windows: SDK and Runtime version 1.5 Released

    I am pleased to announce that today we have released version 1.5 of the Kinect for Windows runtime and SDK. Additionally, Kinect for Windows hardware is now available in Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan. Starting next month, Kinect for Windows hardware will be available in 15 additional...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for Windows Wins Innovation of the Year

    Last week, winners of GeekWire’s fourth annual Seattle 2.0 Startup Awards were announced. Seattle has a vibrant startup community, and this is a very popular event within that community. I attended the awards ceremony, and it was amaz ing to see how much energy and excitement was in the room –...
  • Blog Post: Help Kinect for Windows Become Innovation of the Year

    Earlier this month, Geekwire announced the nominees for the 2012 Seattle 2.0 Startup Awards. We're honored Kinect for Windows was selected in the “Innovation of the Year” category, which looks at technologies, which are setting a course for ”where the world is going and the way of the...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for Windows Technologies: Boxing Robots to Limitless Possibilities

    Most developers, including myself, are natural tinkerers. We hear of a new technology and want to try it out, exploring what it can do, dream up interesting uses, and pushing the limits of what’s possible. Most recently, the Channel 9 team incorporated Kinect for Windows into two projects: BoxingBots...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for Windows Helps Girls Everywhere Dress Like Barbie

    I grew up in the UK and my female cousins all had Barbie. In fact Barbies – they had lots of Barbie dolls and ton of accessories that they were obsessed with. I was more of a BMX kind of kid and thought my days of Barbie education were long behind me, but with a young daughter I’m beginning...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Kinect Accelerator Begins Today

    I am pleased to announce that the finalists for our Kinect Accelerator have arrived in ever-sunny Seattle and today are launching into a three-month program to build new products and business using Kinect. I can’t wait to see what they come up with – using Kinect, these teams have the ability...
  • 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: What’s Ahead: A Sneak Peek

    The momentum continues for Kinect for Windows. I am pleased to announce that we will be launching Kinect for Windows in nineteen more countries in the coming months. We will have availability in Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan in late May. In June, Kinect for Windows will be available in Austria,...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for Windows Solution Leads to the Perfect Fitting Jeans

    The writer Mark Twain once said “We are alike, on the inside.” On the outside, however, few people are the same. While two people might be the same height and wear the same size, the way their clothing fits their bodies can vary dramatically. As a result, up to 40% of clothing purchased both...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for Windows Academic Pricing Now Available in the US

    Students, teachers, researchers, and other educators have been quick to embrace Kinect’s natural user interface (NUI), which makes it possible to interact with computers using movement, speech, and gestures. In fact, some of the earliest Kinect for Windows applications to emerge were projects done...
  • 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: The Power of Enthusiasm

    When we launched Kinect for Xbox 360 on November 4 th , 2010, something amazing happened: talented Open Source hackers and enthusiasts around the world took the Kinect and let their imaginations run wild. We didn’t know what we didn’t know about Kinect on Windows when we shipped Kinect for...
  • 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...
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