The magic of Christmas, Kinect style

Every December, British shoppers look forward to the creative holiday ad campaign from John Lewis, a major UK department store chain. It’s been a tradition for a number of years, is seen by millions of viewers in the UK annually, and won a coveted IPA Effectiveness Award in 2012. The retailer’s seasonal campaign traditionally emphasizes…


Intel-GE Care Innovations uses Kinect solution to help elderly patients

“I’ve fallen … and I can’t get up.” That line, from a low-budget 1980s TV commercial hawking a personal medical emergency call button, has been fodder for countless comedians over the years. But falls among the elderly are anything but a laughing matter, especially to Maureen Glynn, the director of behavioral innovation programming at Intel-GE…


Telekinesis, Kinect for Windows style

What science fiction fan doesn’t love the idea of telekinesis? We never tire of the illusion, but there’s nothing illusory about Microsoft tech evangelist Mike Taulty’s ability to move a ball without touching it, using only simple hand gestures. [View:http://vimeo.com/106973120]Mike Tautly controls a Sphero with simple gestures—and a Kinect for Windows v2 sensor. The ball…


Hackers shine in the Great White North

Earlier this month, we traveled north for a developer hackathon at the Burnaby campus of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), located in the heart of the Vancouver metropolitan area. The event, which was hosted by BCIT and co-sponsored by our team along with Occipital (makers of the Structure Sensor), drew nearly 100 developers,…


Re-imagining banking with Kinect for Windows

Someday, people might reminisce about the days when ATMs were the state of the art in offsite banking. That day might come sooner than expected, thanks in part to Kinect for Windows technology. Diebold, Incorporated, a worldwide leader in integrated service solutions, has unveiled a prototype of a standalone banking platform that promises to make…


Big day for Kinect developers

Today, we’re extremely excited to announce some major news about Kinect: The full release of the Kinect for Windows software development kit 2.0, featuring over 200 improvements and updates to the preview version of the SDK. The SDK is a free download, and there are no fees for runtime licenses of commercial applications developed with…


Hackers display their creativity at Amsterdam hackathon

We recently traveled to the Netherlands’ capital for our latest developer hackathon. The venue, Pakhuis de Zwijger, a former refrigerated warehouse located on one of Amsterdam’s many canals, made for a very unique setting. Developers from all over Europe came for the 28-hour event, which was hosted by Dare to Difr. There were some very…


Newly released: update to SDK 2.0 public preview

Today we released another update to the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 public preview. This release contains important product improvements that add up to a more stable and feature-rich product. This updated SDK lets you get serious about finalizing your applications for commercial deployment and, later this year, for availability in the Windows Store. Please install,…


Hacking away in Canada

A member of team Kwartzlab++ demonstrates his team’s project VR Builder at the Kinect Hackathon in Kitchener, Ontario. Last week, we headed north to Canada for the latest stop on our Kinect Hackathon world tour: a three-day event (August 8–10) in Kitchener, Ontario, where developers gathered to develop applications* using Kinect for Windows v2. One…