Step into Frank Sinatra’s virtual shoes

The Kinect-enabled Swivel application from FaceCake allowed museum visitors to virtually don Sinatra’s classic clothing.
The Kinect-enabled Swivel application from FaceCake allowed museum visitors to virtually don Sinatra’s classic clothing.

There’s no doubt about it: from his early days as a big band crooner through his mature years as a renowned solo artist and movie star, Frank Sinatra was a style icon as well as a singing legend. So it was only fitting when, earlier this year, the Los Angeles-based GRAMMY Museum teamed up with…


Experience ancient cultures—with help from Kinect

To movie lovers, the image of the late John Belushi cavorting around the Delta Tau Chi fraternity house in a toga is comedy gold. But while the period costuming was played for laughs in Animal House, the recreation of virtual Roman attire is serious business to researchers Erkan Bostanci, Nadia Kanwal, and Adrian Clark, who…


Swap your face…really

Ever wish you looked like someone else? Maybe Brad Pitt or Jennifer Lawrence? Well, just get Brad or Jennifer in the same room with you, turn on the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor, and presto: you can swap your mug for theirs (and vice versa, of course). Don’t believe it? Then take a look at…


Mirror, mirror, on the screen…who’s the fairest on the scene?

One of the highlights of the recent Consumer Electronics Show was the three-dimensional augmented reality Beauty Mirror shown by ModiFace, a leader in virtual makeover technology. With help from a Kinect for Windows sensor and a PC, the Beauty Mirror enables customers to view the simulated effects of skin-care and beauty products and anti-aging procedures…