Kinect for Windows shines at the 2014 NRF Convention

This week, some 30,000 retailers from around the world descended on New York’s Javits Center for the 2014 edition of the National Retail Federation’s Annual Convention and Expo, better known as “Retail’s BIG Show.” With an exhibit space covering nearly four football fields and featuring more than 500 vendors, an exhibitor could have been overlooked easily—but…


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…


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…


Kinect for Windows announces new version of SDK coming March 18

Today at Engadget Expand, I announced that Kinect for Windows SDK 1.7 will be made available this coming Monday, March 18. This is our most significant update to the SDK since we released the first version a little over a year ago, and I can’t wait to see what businesses and developers do with the…


Kinect for Windows Academic Pricing Update

Shortly after the commercial release of Kinect for Windows in early 2012, Microsoft announced the availability of academic pricing for the Kinect for Windows sensor to higher education faculty and students for $149.99 at the Microsoft Store in the United States. We are now pleased to announce that we have broadened the availability of academic…


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…