Build-A-Bear Selects Kinect for Windows for "Store of the Future"

Build-A-Bear Workshop stores have been delivering custom-tailored experiences to children for 15 years in the form of make-your-own stuffed animals, but the company recently recognized that its target audience was gravitating toward digital devices. So it has begun advancing its in-store experiences to match the preferences of its core customers by incorporating digital screens throughout…


Unique Cancer Treatment Center alex’s place Uses Kinect for Windows to Help Put Kids at Ease

A unique clinic for treating children with cancer and blood disorders, alex’s place is designed to be a warm, open, communal space. The center—which is located in Miami, Florida—helps put its patients at ease by engaging them with interactive screens that allow them to be transported into different environments—where they become a friendly teddy bear,…


Styku Smart Fitting Room Expected to Improve Online Shopping Experience, Reduce Returns

Styku, a Kinect Accelerator startup, set out to alter clothes shopping for retailers by using the Kinect for Windows sensor and software development kit to develop its Smart Fitting Room quickly, a new case study reports. The technology will soon be used by Brooks Brothers, IM-Label, and other fashion retailers. Styku hopes to improve the…


Kinect Fusion Coming to Kinect for Windows

Last week, I had the privilege of giving attendees at the Microsoft event, BUILD 2012, a sneak peek at an unreleased Kinect for Windows tool: Kinect Fusion. Kinect Fusion was first developed as a research project at the Microsoft Research lab in Cambridge, U.K.  As soon as the Kinect for Windows community saw it, they began…


The Past, Present, and Future of Multimodal Input Featured at Seattle Interactive Conference 2012

Earlier this week at the 2012 Seattle Interactive Conference, Oscar Murillo, user experience architect for Kinect for Windows, kicked off a six-person panel discussion about the transformational power of voice and gesture technology with a demonstration that showed participants how much the Kinect sensor has grown beyond its gaming roots. “Kinect for Windows is a…


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). Here’s the behind-the-scenes story of how this all came to be:…


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. Why should developers care about this update to the…


Kinect for Windows at Convergence of Style and Technology for New York Fashion Week

This year, Kinect for Windows gives Fashion Week in New York a high-tech boost by offering a new way to model the latest styles at retail. Swivel, a virtual dressing room that is featured at Bloomingdale’s, helps you quickly see what clothes look like on you—without the drudgery of trying on multiple garments in the…