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…


Kinect helps VR film capture the terrors of war

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 Studio lets you code on the go

Imagine you’re wearing multiple hats: you’re a business owner, a software developer, and a devoted spouse and parent. If you’re like Anup Chathoth, this scenario requires no imagining whatsoever. A husband and the father of two young children, Anup is also the CEO and main software developer at UBI Interactive, a Seattle-based startup whose products…


Kinect-powered experiences bring people together

The following blog was guest authored by Kyle Banuelos, co-founder of Stublisher Inc., a startup that engineers interactive experiences for cutting-edge campaigns, events, spaces, and connected devices. Mini-computers, powerful microcontrollers, and sensors (such as Kinect), are increasingly becoming more affordable and customizable. Frameworks and libraries built for these technologies are typically open source and written…


V2 meets 3D

As Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) James Ashley points out in a recent blog, it’s a whole lot easier to create 3D movies with the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and its preview software development kit (SDK 2.0 public preview). For starters, the v2 sensor captures up to three times more depth information than the…


Kinect Fusion Coming to Kinect for Windows

Last week, I had the privilege of giving attendees at the Microsoft event, BUILD 2012, a sneak peek at an unreleased Kinect for Windows tool: Kinect Fusion. Kinect Fusion was first developed as a research project at the Microsoft Research lab in Cambridge, U.K.  As soon as the Kinect for Windows community saw it, they began…


Inside the Kinect for Windows SDK Update with Peter Zatloukal and Bob Heddle

Now that the updated Kinect for Windows SDK  is available for download, Engineering Manager Peter Zatloukal and Group Program Manager Bob Heddle sat down to discuss what this significant update means to developers.  Bob Heddle demonstrates the new infrared functionality in the Kinect for Windows SDK. Why should developers care about this update to the…