Dancing waters, Kinect style

Fountains: indoors or out, these decorative displays of water in motion have long mesmerized onlookers. France‚Äôs Sun King, Louis XIV, had fountains placed throughout his palace gardens at Versailles; groundskeepers would activate their assigned fountain as the king approached. If only Louis were around today, he might opt to trigger the fountains and control their…


Kinect helps bring technology to Chinese classrooms and community centers

NuiStar, a software development company based in Nanjing, China, has utilized the Kinect sensor and SDK (software development kit) to bring cutting-edge technology to China’s schools and community centers. The centerpiece of the company’s offerings is their natural user interface, or NUI, which is built around the Kinect sensor’s ability to recognize and respond to…


Booting up customer relations with Kinect

Tension mounts as the place kicker trots onto the field. With only seconds left on the clock and a score of 12 to 14, this three-point field goal attempt will decide the game’s outcome. And who is the intrepid kicker, on whose kicking prowess so much rests? It’s any of a host of fans, each…


Mysteries of Kinect for Windows Face Tracking output explained

Since the release of Kinect for Windows version 1.5, developers have been able to use the Face Tracking software development kit (SDK) to create applications that can track human faces in real time. Figure 1, an illustration from the Face Tracking documentation, displays 87 of the points used to track the face. Thirteen points are…


Kinect for Windows expands its developer preview program

Last June, we announced that we would be hosting a limited, exclusive developer preview program for Kinect for Windows v2 prior to its general availability in the summer (northern hemisphere) of 2014. And a few weeks ago, we began shipping Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview kits to thousands of participants all over the world. It’s…


Join Now, BUILD for Tomorrow

Today at Microsoft BUILD 2013, we made two important announcements for our Kinect for Windows developer community. First, starting today, developers can apply for a place in our upcoming developer kit program. This program will give participants exclusive early access to everything they need to start building applications for the recently-announced new generation Kinect for…


nsquared releases three new Kinect for Windows-based applications

The following blog post was guest authored by Celeste Humphrey, business development consultant at nsquared, and Dr. Neil Roodyn, director of nsquared. A company that is passionate about learning, technology, and creating awesome user experiences, nsquared has developed three new applications that take advantage of Kinect for Windows to provide users with interactive, natural user interface…