Kinect aids physical therapy

Take the latest Kinect sensor, a PC, a high-definition monitor, and an onscreen avatar—and what do you have? The newest first-person shooter game for Xbox? Nope. What you have is one of most carefully designed physical therapy (PT) systems available: Kinapsys. Created by RM ingénierie, a French company that designs and develops software for the…


Kinect-enabled PC game scores big in 2015 Imagine Cup

Team TerraBite: the name evokes mixed metaphors of earth (terra), predation (bite), and technology (terabyte). And it’s the perfect moniker for the squad from Abertay University, whose apocalyptically themed, Kinect-enabled PC game, Project Cyber, made it all the way to the World Semifinals of the 2015 Imagine Cup. On the way, they garnered accolades for…


Kinect-enabled VR puts users in space with Earthlight

The following blog was guest-authored by Russell Grain, a development lead at Opaque Multimedia, a Melbourne (Australia)-based digital design studio specializing in the application of video game technologies in novel domains. Earthlight is a first-person exploration game where the players step into the shoes of an astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS). There, some…


Kinect for Windows shows promise in helping seniors retain cognitive functions

Declines in cognitive function are among the most debilitating problems that affect senior citizens. Various studies have reported that physical training designed to prevent falls can have a positive effect on cognition in older adults. With that in mind, Japanese researchers at Kyoto University’s medical school employed Kinect for Windows to create Dual-Task Tai Chi,…


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…


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…


Build-A-Bear Selects Kinect for Windows for "Store of the Future"

Build-A-Bear Workshop stores have been delivering custom-tailored experiences to children for 15 years in the form of make-your-own stuffed animals, but the company recently recognized that its target audience was gravitating toward digital devices. So it has begun advancing its in-store experiences to match the preferences of its core customers by incorporating digital screens throughout…