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  • Blog Post: Kinect sensor helps facilitate learning

    We all know that children can learn from videos. But many educators have questioned the effectiveness of such learning when compared to the understanding that young children derive from working with tangible objects. In a recent paper , researchers Nesra Yannier, Ken Koedinger, and Scott Hudson at the...
  • Blog Post: Dancing waters, Kinect style

    Fountains: indoors or out, these decorative displays of water in motion have long mesmerized onlookers. France’s Sun King, Louis XIV, had fountains placed throughout his palace gardens at Versailles; groundskeepers would activate their assigned fountain as the king approached. If only Louis were...
  • Blog Post: Retail signage gets smart

    The following blog was guest-authored by Justin Miller, an account manager for digital media and biometrics at NEC, a global provider of IT services and products. When was the last time that you went into a retail store and—without talking with a salesperson—got more information about...
  • Blog Post: RoomAlive Toolkit unveiled at Build 2015

    As highlighted during the Build 2015 Conference , Microsoft is more committed than ever to delivering innovative software, services, and devices that are changing the way people use technology and opening up new scenarios for developers. Perhaps no software reflects that commitment better than the RoomAlive...
  • Blog Post: Can Kinect technology improve brain imaging?

    Blurry images: they’re a nuisance when they wreck your holiday photographs or ruin that video of your sister’s wedding. But they’re much more than a nuisance in the world of medical imaging. Blurry medical images can result in costly repeat scans or, worse yet, can lead to misdiagnoses...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for Windows shows promise in helping seniors retain cognitive functions

    Declines in cognitive function are among the most debilitating problems that affect senior citizens. Various studies have reported that physical training designed to prevent falls can have a positive effect on cognition in older adults. With that in mind, Japanese researchers at Kyoto University’s...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for Windows game may help patients qualify for experimental treatments

    Watching Cole throw his arms and shoulders into playing a video game, you might never guess that he suffers from a severe muscular disease. But he does. Cole has Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a genetic disorder that results in progressive muscle degeneration. DMD patients, almost all of whom are...
  • 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: 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: 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: Keeping watch in the night

    The following blog post was guest authored by Ana Isabel Zorrilla, project manager at EIC BBK-Dravet Syndrome Foundation, a Spanish nonprofit organization dedicated to the treatment and cure of Dravet syndrome and related disorders. Imagine what it’s like to go for weeks on end without a decent...
  • 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...
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