Keeping an eye on pugnacious pigs

Keeping an eye on pugnacious pigs
Keeping an eye on pugnacious pigs

Notwithstanding their docile image in cartoons and literature (think Porky Pig from the Looney Tunes cartoons or Wilbur in the novel Charlotte’s Web), pigs can be surprisingly aggressive, as any hog farmer can tell you. Their belligerent behaviors become especially prominent when several unfamiliar pigs are penned together, as often happens after the pigs have…


VNTANA HOLLAGRAM brings AR to Marketing

VNTANA HOLLAGRAM brings AR to Marketing
VNTANA HOLLAGRAM brings AR to Marketing

You’ve built the world’s only interactive, scalable hologram system—so, what do you do for an encore? If you’re augmented reality (AR) company VNTANA, you link that hologram system to social media and give it data collection capabilities, creating HOLLAGRAM, a first-of-its-kind marketing tool. The HOLLAGRAM system consists of the Kinect v2 sensor, a powerful PC,…


Bringing quality education to the countryside

Bringing quality education to the countryside
Bringing quality education to the countryside

Providing top-notch schooling in rural communities is a problem around the world—and one that China, a country with more than 600 million rural residents, is committed to tackling. A big part of this effort centers on using technology to bring the urban classroom, with its greater teaching resources, to the rural schoolhouse. Among the Chinese…


Kinect-enabled VR holds productivity promise

Kinect-enabled VR holds productivity promise
Kinect-enabled VR holds productivity promise

Ah, the old office directory: page after page, or screen after screen, of names and job titles. Wouldn’t it be great to have a virtual directory that displayed employees’ faces, included the company hierarchy, and grouped employees according to responsibilities and expertise? Better yet, what if that directory could be navigated by using natural hand…


Pumping iron with Kinect for Windows

Pumping iron with Kinect for Windows
Pumping iron with Kinect for Windows

No, you aren’t going to clean and jerk the Kinect sensor—and given its compact size, that wouldn’t be much of an exercise anyway. What you can do, with the tutorial provided by Vangos Pterneas (a Microsoft Kinect Most Valuable Professional), is build a Kinect for Windows application that will recognize your barbell and measure how…


Getting your kicks with Kinect for Windows

Getting your kicks with Kinect for Windows
Getting your kicks with Kinect for Windows

A wall, a ball, and a kid: think about it. When you were a youngster on a playground, and a wall and a ball were at hand, what would you do? If you were like most kids, you’d kick or throw that ball against the wall, moving around with the unbridled energy of youth as…


Kinect and UWP: new options in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Kinect and UWP: new options in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update
Kinect and UWP: new options in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

UWP apps today cannot access most of the data from a Kinect sensor. This post provides an overview of what we plan to deliver in the near future to begin bringing Kinect for Windows into the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) world. With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update and a Kinect driver update, Kinect developers will…


Remix the music with Kinect

Remix the music with Kinect
Remix the music with Kinect

This spring, visitors to Seattle radio station KEXP’s new home are being treated to the ultimate air-guitar experience: as they pass through a 4,000-square-foot art installation, their movements alter the music of some of the station’s most popular artists. This innovative project—dubbed a “virtual remix”—uses Kinect for Windows to capture the visitors’ body movements. The…


Step into Frank Sinatra’s virtual shoes

The Kinect-enabled Swivel application from FaceCake allowed museum visitors to virtually don Sinatra’s classic clothing.
The Kinect-enabled Swivel application from FaceCake allowed museum visitors to virtually don Sinatra’s classic clothing.

There’s no doubt about it: from his early days as a big band crooner through his mature years as a renowned solo artist and movie star, Frank Sinatra was a style icon as well as a singing legend. So it was only fitting when, earlier this year, the Los Angeles-based GRAMMY Museum teamed up with…


Kinect and the self-driving car

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You’re driving along in the right lane of a busy four-lane street, minding your speed and obeying all the rules of the road. Up ahead you spot an obstacle—two sandbags surrounding a storm drain. You slow down and check the traffic in the lane to your left, where you see a city bus lumbering along,…