VNTANA HOLLAGRAM brings AR to Marketing

VNTANA HOLLAGRAM brings AR to Marketing
VNTANA HOLLAGRAM brings AR to Marketing

You’ve built the world’s only interactive, scalable hologram system—so, what do you do for an encore? If you’re augmented reality (AR) company VNTANA, you link that hologram system to social media and give it data collection capabilities, creating HOLLAGRAM, a first-of-its-kind marketing tool. The HOLLAGRAM system consists of the Kinect v2 sensor, a powerful PC,…


Bringing quality education to the countryside

Bringing quality education to the countryside
Bringing quality education to the countryside

Providing top-notch schooling in rural communities is a problem around the world—and one that China, a country with more than 600 million rural residents, is committed to tackling. A big part of this effort centers on using technology to bring the urban classroom, with its greater teaching resources, to the rural schoolhouse. Among the Chinese…


Kinect-enabled VR holds productivity promise

Kinect-enabled VR holds productivity promise
Kinect-enabled VR holds productivity promise

Ah, the old office directory: page after page, or screen after screen, of names and job titles. Wouldn’t it be great to have a virtual directory that displayed employees’ faces, included the company hierarchy, and grouped employees according to responsibilities and expertise? Better yet, what if that directory could be navigated by using natural hand…


Pumping iron with Kinect for Windows

Pumping iron with Kinect for Windows
Pumping iron with Kinect for Windows

No, you aren’t going to clean and jerk the Kinect sensor—and given its compact size, that wouldn’t be much of an exercise anyway. What you can do, with the tutorial provided by Vangos Pterneas (a Microsoft Kinect Most Valuable Professional), is build a Kinect for Windows application that will recognize your barbell and measure how…


A Kinect portal to Wonderland?

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 brings enrichment to zoo orangutans

Orangutans have long fascinated people by their humanlike behaviors (the name “orangutan” actually means “man of the forest” in Malay). These great apes not only share 97 percent of our DNA, they also mirror such human characteristics as social interaction, child nurturing, and curiosity—which is why it’s no big surprise that they enjoy a good…


A student’s concussion leads to Kinect-enabled diagnostic app

(Portions of this story first appeared in the Daily Edventures blog) Sports-related concussions are a hot topic—not just in the National Football League, which has instituted a concussion protocol to protect injured players—but in collegiate and high school athletic departments as well. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics reports that concussions have risen 200…


Ghost hunting with Kinect

Who can resist a scary movie? Even the most jaded of us enjoy a good ghost flick, which is why we were intrigued by the latest short film in the spooky genre. But this cinematic effort purports to be fact, not fiction, and its veracity—or its plausibility—is grounded on some pretty hard-core engineering: Kinect for…


Kinect-enabled virtual fitting room sweeps the world

Zugara’s WSS for Kiosks Virtual Dressing Room Tech in Panama
Zugara’s WSS for Kiosks Virtual Dressing Room Tech in Panama

We thought it was pretty big news when Zugara’s Virtual Dressing Room technology dazzled fans at Major League Baseball’s 2015 All-Star Game. Now the Kinect-powered application, which allows users to digitally try on new apparel, is popping up around the world—from Central America to the Far East to Red Square. It seems that Virtual Dressing…


Trick or treat with Kinect

In a 1930 jazz classic, singer Lee Morse advised that “t’aint no sin to take off your skin and dance around in your bones.” Well, this past Halloween, Microsoft software engineer Snorri Gislason let the neighborhood kids do just that—in a graveyard scene, no less—with some help from Kinect for Windows, the free personal edition…