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…


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…


Kinect sensor helps facilitate learning

We all know that children can learn from videos. But many educators have questioned the effectiveness of such learning when compared to the understanding that young children derive from working with tangible objects. In a recent paper, researchers Nesra Yannier, Ken Koedinger, and Scott Hudson at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University tested…


RoomAlive Toolkit unveiled at Build 2015

As highlighted during the Build 2015 Conference, Microsoft is more committed than ever to delivering innovative software, services, and devices that are changing the way people use technology and opening up new scenarios for developers. Perhaps no software reflects that commitment better than the RoomAlive Toolkit, whose release was announced Thursday, April 30, in a…


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…


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…


Working the angles…with Kinect

Angles are all around us: the hands of a clock, the blades of a pair of scissors, the corner of a countertop. But while angles are ubiquitous in our environment, acquiring an abstract understanding of angles and their measurement, which is critical to our ability to solve geometric and trigonomic problems, is challenging for many…


Ubi’s Kinect-powered touchscreens: an affordable solution for the classroom

Victor Cervantes was searching for a solution. As IT director for COBAEP, a public high school system in of the Mexican state of Puebla, he was committed to introducing digital technology into the system’s 37 high schools. Cervantes firmly believed that the use of technology would both improve students’ learning and prepare them for the…


Thousands of developers are participating in Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview—starting today

In addition to being a great day for Xbox One, today is also a great day for Kinect for Windows. We have started delivering Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview kits to program participants. The Developer Preview includes a pre-release Kinect for Windows v2 sensor, access to the new generation Kinect for Windows software development…


Turn any surface into a touch screen with Ubi Interactive and Kinect for Windows

The following blog post was guest authored by Anup Chathoth, co-founder and CEO of Ubi Interactive. Ubi Interactive is a Seattle startup that was one of 11 companies from around the world selected to take part in a three-month Microsoft Kinect Accelerator program in the spring of 2012. Since then, the company has developed the…