Kinect helps VR film capture the terrors of war

Even in the rarefied atmosphere of the Sundance Film Festival, where innovative and engaging storytelling abound, the New Frontier exhibition stands out for its cutting-edge amalgam of film, art, multimedia, and technology. It was in this select narrative realm that Giant, a virtual reality (VR) short, left its mark last week. And, we’re pleased to…


Detecting heart rate with Kinect

When the latest Kinect sensor was unveiled more than a year ago at Build 2014, demos showed how it could determine a user’s heart rate without attaching sensors or wires to his or her body. But that was old news to regular followers of D Goins Insperience, the personal blog of Dwight Goins, a Microsoft…


Can Kinect improve customer relationship management?

Kevin Hughes thinks it can—and we agree. A technical solution professional on the Microsoft Dynamics team in the UK, Hughes has prototyped a Kinect-enabled interface for Dynamics CRM. As Hughes demonstrates in the video below, this interface provides an entirely new way of visualizing and interacting with your customer relationship data in Dynamics CRM. Hughes…


Retail signage gets smart

The following blog was guest-authored by Justin Miller, an account manager for digital media and biometrics at NEC, a global provider of IT services and products. When was the last time that you went into a retail store and—without talking with a salesperson—got more information about a product or service than you could have gleaned…


Kinect for Windows game may help patients qualify for experimental treatments

Watching Cole throw his arms and shoulders into playing a video game, you might never guess that he suffers from a severe muscular disease. But he does. Cole has Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a genetic disorder that results in progressive muscle degeneration. DMD patients, almost all of whom are boys, seldom live beyond early adulthood,…


Kinetisense brings objectivity to range of motion therapy

“Jane” had a problem: a so-called frozen shoulder, which made it painful to use her left arm. The pain, which had begun mysteriously eight months earlier, affected nearly every aspect of Jane’s life, making it difficult for her to perform routine tasks at her office job and at home. She had tried a number traditional…


GesturePak v2 simplifies creation of gesture-controlled apps

What do you do after you’ve built a great app? You make it even better. That’s exactly what Carl Franklin, a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), did with GesturePak. Actually, GesturePak is both a WPF app that lets you create your own gestures (movements) and store them as XML files, and a .NET API that…


No bones about it: Kinect for Windows v2 skeletal tracking vastly better

You can read about the improvements that Kinect for Windows v2 offers over its predecessor, but seeing the differences with your own eyes is really, well, eye-opening—which is why we’re so pleased by this YouTube video posted by Microsoft MVP Josh Blake of InfoStrat. In it, Blake not only describes the improvements in skeletal tracking…


Graffiti experience pulls in shoppers

The following blog was guest authored by Dr. Neil Roodyn, a Microsoft MVP and the founder and director of nsquared, a company dedicated to using software to solve business problems. What does a maker of high-end consumer electronics do to reinforce its image as a pioneer in tech innovation? That was the question facing our…


Booting up customer relations with Kinect

Tension mounts as the place kicker trots onto the field. With only seconds left on the clock and a score of 12 to 14, this three-point field goal attempt will decide the game’s outcome. And who is the intrepid kicker, on whose kicking prowess so much rests? It’s any of a host of fans, each…