Kinect helps detect PTSD in combat soldiers

“War is hell.” So proclaimed U.S. General William Tecumseh Sherman, whose experiences during the American Civil War surely made him an expert on the subject. But for some soldiers and veterans, the hell doesn’t stop when combat ends. It lingers on as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a condition that can make it all but impossible…


Enabling retailers to drive business in new, innovative ways

It is essential for retailers to find ways to attract and connect with customers—and to stand out from the competition. To help them do so, the industry is grappling with how to build interactive experiences at scale that engage and truly help customers make satisfying purchasing decisions while also using retail space strategically to provide…


Join Now, BUILD for Tomorrow

Today at Microsoft BUILD 2013, we made two important announcements for our Kinect for Windows developer community. First, starting today, developers can apply for a place in our upcoming developer kit program. This program will give participants exclusive early access to everything they need to start building applications for the recently-announced new generation Kinect for…


nsquared releases three new Kinect for Windows-based applications

The following blog post was guest authored by Celeste Humphrey, business development consultant at nsquared, and Dr. Neil Roodyn, director of nsquared. A company that is passionate about learning, technology, and creating awesome user experiences, nsquared has developed three new applications that take advantage of Kinect for Windows to provide users with interactive, natural user interface…


The New Generation Kinect for Windows Sensor is Coming Next Year

By now, most of you likely have heard about the new Kinect sensor that Microsoft will deliver as part of Xbox One later this year.  Today, I am pleased to announce that Microsoft will also deliver a new generation Kinect for Windows sensor next year. We’re continuing our commitment to equipping businesses and organizations with…


Reflexion Health advancing physical therapy with Kinect for Windows

Reflexion Health, founded with technology developed at the West Health Institute, realized years ago that assessing physical therapy outcomes is difficult for a variety of reasons, and took on the challenge of designing a solution to help increase the success rates of rehabilitation from physical injury. In 2011, the Reflexion team approached the Orthopedic Surgery…


Siemens uses Kinect for Windows to improve nuclear plant employee safety

As you might imagine, working in a nuclear power plant provides special challenges. One crucial aspect for any project is the need to minimize employee exposure to radiation by applying a standard known as As Low As Reasonably Achievable—ALARA for short. How this works: Plant ALARA managers work with the maintenance groups to estimate how…


Mattel Barbie Dream Closet engages new generation of fans and reinforces 60-year-old brand

Much like Build-A-Bear Workshop, Mattel has been watching the trends and finding that children are embracing digital media. How can the company keep a toy like the Barbie doll, launched in 1959, relevant in a world where tablet computers and smartphones dominate kids’ wishlists? Once again, Kinect for Windows has proved a formidable ally in…


Kinect for Windows Shopping Solutions Showcased at National Retail Federation Expo

Swivel Close-Up, a Kinect for Windows-based kiosk from FaceCake, lets customers visualize themselves in small accessories such as makeup, sunglasses, and jewelry. Microsoft Kinect for Windows has been playing an increasingly important role in retail, from interactive kiosks at stores such as Build-A-Bear Workshop, to virtual dressing rooms at fashion leaders like Bloomingdale’s, to virtual…