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…


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…


Comic artistry, with a wave of your hand

Not everyone can easily recreate a popular comic strip character—unless they have the Kinect-powered application that was a hit at the show at We Do BD Festival, a celebration of digital and print comics that captivated Paris in mid-October. Created by Vincent Guigui, a Microsoft Emerging Experiences MVP (Most Valuable Professional), the app allowed festival…


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…


Globetrotting via Kinect

In his novel, Around the World in Eighty Days, Jules Verne celebrated the technological marvels of the nineteenth century—the railways, steamships, the Suez Canal—that made it possible to circumnavigate the globe in less than three months. This spring and summer, the Museum of Communication in Frankfurt, Germany, is honoring Verne’s classic tale in an exhibit…


Gamified therapy offers hope to the elderly

Dementia: the statistics are sobering. According to the World Health Organization, 47.5 million people worldwide suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, with 7.7 million new cases occurring every year. In the United States alone, there are currently more than 5 million people with Alzheimer’s, and that number is predicted to double…


Games highlight Kinect sensor’s value in robotics

They probably won’t get a ticker tape parade like the U.S. national women’s soccer team did after winning the 2015 World Cup, but the winners of the recent 2015 RoboCup certainly deserve their moment in the sun. This international competition—it’s been held annually since 1997—features soccer-playing robots of different sizes and configurations. And while it…


Dancing waters, Kinect style

Fountains: indoors or out, these decorative displays of water in motion have long mesmerized onlookers. France’s Sun King, Louis XIV, had fountains placed throughout his palace gardens at Versailles; groundskeepers would activate their assigned fountain as the king approached. If only Louis were around today, he might opt to trigger the fountains and control their…


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,…


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…