Trick or treat with Kinect

In a 1930 jazz classic, singer Lee Morse advised that “t’aint no sin to take off your skin and dance around in your bones.” Well, this past Halloween, Microsoft software engineer Snorri Gislason let the neighborhood kids do just that—in a graveyard scene, no less—with some help from Kinect for Windows, the free personal edition…


Kinect-powered rehab system gets FDA clearance

Back in June, we featured a story about Reflexion Health and its innovative application that uses Kinect for Windows to help physical therapy patients. As we described at that time, the application, called Vera, was being tested at five medical centers. Now we are pleased to report that Reflexion Health has received 510(k) clearance from…


Kinect makes programming robotic arm a cinch

What might you do with a robotic arm? Well, if you’re part of the maker community, the possibilities are almost endless. Hook it up to an Arduino or Raspberry Pi controller, and you’ll have a companion that can paint, sort objects, play games, and generally amaze your friends and relatives. All you need is a…


Vitruvius simplifies development of Kinect for Windows apps

Many of the posts in this blog demonstrate how the latest Kinect sensor and software development kit (SDK 2.0) comprise a powerful platform that you can use for developing interactive experiences—but as any developer knows, creating great apps requires hard work, no matter how potent the platform is. Anything that eases that workload should come…