Kinect for Windows news gets new address, keeps same great community

For the past several years, this blog has brought you news about the latest Kinect for Windows technology and its innovative applications in medicine, education, manufacturing, retailing, performance art, and more. We’ve been awed by the creative ways in which the developer community has harnessed Kinect for Windows to build solutions that allow users to…


Kinect and UWP: new options in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Kinect and UWP: new options in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update
Kinect and UWP: new options in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

UWP apps today cannot access most of the data from a Kinect sensor. This post provides an overview of what we plan to deliver in the near future to begin bringing Kinect for Windows into the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) world. With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update and a Kinect driver update, Kinect developers will…


Salon gives devs tips and tricks for Kinect for Windows

On the evening of May 29, 2015, nearly 100 top developers and investors gathered in Beijing for Microsoft China’s Second Kinect for Windows Salon. This five-hour event presented advanced techniques for working with the latest Kinect sensor and the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0, and helped attendees tackle complex coding problems. The gathering included developers…


Coffee, creativity, and Kinect: hacking London-style

A marathon came to London early this year, but it wasn’t the usual 26 miles of pavement pounding. This was a different kind of endurance event, one involving 36 hours of coding with the Kinect v2 sensor. The event, which took place March 21–22, was organized by Dan Thomas of Moov2, who had approached my…


Microsoft to consolidate the Kinect for Windows experience around a single sensor

At Microsoft, we are committed to providing more personal computing experiences. To support this, we recently extended Kinect’s value and announced the Kinect Adapter for Windows, enabling anyone with a Kinect for Xbox One to use it with their PCs and tablets. In an effort to simplify and create consistency for developers, we are focusing…


Two hackathons—one city: creativity reigns in Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas: capital of the Lone Star State, home to the Texas Longhorns, and host of not one but two Kinect for Windows hackathons in the past few weeks. We were blown away—like Texas tumbleweeds, you know—by the ingenuity and talent on display at these Austin events. NUI Central Kinect for Windows Hackathon Developers, UI/UX…


Windows Store provides new market for Kinect apps

In case you hadn’t noticed, the Windows Store added something really special to its line-up not too long ago: its first Kinect applications. The ability to create Windows Store applications had been a longstanding request from the Kinect for Windows developer community, so we were very pleased to deliver this capability through the latest Kinect…


No bones about it: Kinect for Windows v2 skeletal tracking vastly better

You can read about the improvements that Kinect for Windows v2 offers over its predecessor, but seeing the differences with your own eyes is really, well, eye-opening—which is why we’re so pleased by this YouTube video posted by Microsoft MVP Josh Blake of InfoStrat. In it, Blake not only describes the improvements in skeletal tracking…


Telekinesis, Kinect for Windows style

What science fiction fan doesn’t love the idea of telekinesis? We never tire of the illusion, but there’s nothing illusory about Microsoft tech evangelist Mike Taulty’s ability to move a ball without touching it, using only simple hand gestures. [View:https://vimeo.com/106973120]Mike Tautly controls a Sphero with simple gestures—and a Kinect for Windows v2 sensor. The ball…


Newly released: update to SDK 2.0 public preview

Today we released another update to the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 public preview. This release contains important product improvements that add up to a more stable and feature-rich product. This updated SDK lets you get serious about finalizing your applications for commercial deployment and, later this year, for availability in the Windows Store. Please install,…