A Kinect portal to Wonderland?

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This spring, one of the most innovative offerings on London’s famed theater scene is wonder.land, a new musical inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic story of Alice’s adventures in a strange world. Playing to packed houses at the National Theatre, the production follows a teenaged girl named Aly, as she explores a mysterious online world called…


Kinect lets you see yourself in VR game

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What do you get when bring together the cutting-edge virtual reality (VR) of the HTC Vive system and the Kinect for Xbox One’s unparalleled ability to track multiple people in three-dimensional space? You get an experience that allows you to see not only what another player is doing in the VR space, but also to…


Kinect helps VR film capture the terrors of war

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Even in the rarefied atmosphere of the Sundance Film Festival, where innovative and engaging storytelling abound, the New Frontier exhibition stands out for its cutting-edge amalgam of film, art, multimedia, and technology. It was in this select narrative realm that Giant, a virtual reality (VR) short, left its mark last week. And, we’re pleased to…


Kinect-enabled PC game scores big in 2015 Imagine Cup

Team TerraBite: the name evokes mixed metaphors of earth (terra), predation (bite), and technology (terabyte). And it’s the perfect moniker for the squad from Abertay University, whose apocalyptically themed, Kinect-enabled PC game, Project Cyber, made it all the way to the World Semifinals of the 2015 Imagine Cup. On the way, they garnered accolades for…


Kinect for Windows clicks at Eyeo

We recently attended the Eyeo Festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and what an eye-opening experience it was. For those who aren’t familiar with Eyeo, it’s a creative coding conference that brings together coders, data lovers, artists, designers and game developers. It features one-of-a-kind workshops, theater style sessions and interaction with open-source activists and pioneers. This year…


Kinect comes to the aid of golfers

Virtual golfers may be eagerly anticipating the upcoming EA Sports PGA Tour for Xbox One, which is slated to include Kinect for Windows motion controls. But real golfers—the ones who actually hit the links—don’t have to wait to enjoy the golfing benefits of Kinect. They can use the power of the Kinect sensor to capture,…


Get in the game…literally!

You’re the hero, blasting your way through a hostile battlefield, dispatching villains right and left. You feel the power as you control your well-armed, sculpted character through the game. But there is always the nagging feeling: that avatar doesn’t really look like me. Wouldn’t it be great if you could create a fully animated 3D…


The Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and free SDK 2.0 public preview are here

Today, we began shipping thousands of Kinect for Windows v2 sensors to developers worldwide. And more sensors will leave the warehouse in coming weeks, as we work to fill orders as quickly as possible. Additionally, Microsoft publicly released a preview version of the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 this morning—meaning that developers everywhere can now…


Getting Started with Cinder and Kinect for Windows v2

On July 15 in a Microsoft Virtual Academy Jump Start session, we will be covering using Kinect for Windows with third-party frameworks. While preparing for the talk, we found that there would be a bit of setup required that we would not have time to cover. So, we are putting together a couple of articles…


Real-time 3D scanning stuns the gnome world

Garden gnomes: they decorate our yards, take bizarre trips, and now can be scanned in 3D in real time by using readily available computer hardware, as can be seen in this video from ReconstructMe. The developers employed the preview version of the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and SDK, taking advantage of the sensor’s enhanced…