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  • 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: 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: The New Generation Kinect for Windows Sensor is Coming Next Year

    By now, most of you likely have heard about the new Kinect sensor that Microsoft will deliver as part of Xbox One later this year. Today, I am pleased to announce that Microsoft will also deliver a new generation Kinect for Windows sensor next year. We’re continuing our commitment to equipping...
  • 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: 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: 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 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...
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