Kinect and the self-driving car

You’re driving along in the right lane of a busy four-lane street, minding your speed and obeying all the rules of the road. Up ahead you spot an obstacle—two sandbags surrounding a storm drain. You slow down and check the traffic in the lane to your left, where you see a city bus lumbering along,…


A Kinect portal to Wonderland?

This spring, one of the most innovative offerings on London’s famed theater scene is wonder.land, a new musical inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic story of Alice’s adventures in a strange world. Playing to packed houses at the National Theatre, the production follows a teenaged girl named Aly, as she explores a mysterious online world called…


Kinect brings enrichment to zoo orangutans

Orangutans have long fascinated people by their humanlike behaviors (the name “orangutan” actually means “man of the forest” in Malay). These great apes not only share 97 percent of our DNA, they also mirror such human characteristics as social interaction, child nurturing, and curiosity—which is why it’s no big surprise that they enjoy a good…


A student’s concussion leads to Kinect-enabled diagnostic app

(Portions of this story first appeared in the Daily Edventures blog) Sports-related concussions are a hot topic—not just in the National Football League, which has instituted a concussion protocol to protect injured players—but in collegiate and high school athletic departments as well. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics reports that concussions have risen 200…


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…


Gaming for the greater good

Big games are nothing new at the University of Michigan (UM). Just ask any UM alum about the cross-state rivalry with Michigan State or—shudder—the annual football grudge match against Ohio State. But big-time sports aren’t the only games that matter in Ann Arbor, as Dr. David Chesney’s students will tell you. Every year, students in…


Kinect-enabled virtual fitting room sweeps the world

Zugara’s WSS for Kiosks Virtual Dressing Room Tech in Panama
Zugara’s WSS for Kiosks Virtual Dressing Room Tech in Panama

We thought it was pretty big news when Zugara’s Virtual Dressing Room technology dazzled fans at Major League Baseball’s 2015 All-Star Game. Now the Kinect-powered application, which allows users to digitally try on new apparel, is popping up around the world—from Central America to the Far East to Red Square. It seems that Virtual Dressing…


Kinect gaming with a mission

Walking through the grocery store, you spy a bag of potato chips on the shelf. They’re your favorite—sea salt and vinegar—and they’re on special! Without breaking stride, you snag a bag from the display and continue on your way, hopefully in search of a more nutritious food choice. Easy for most of us, but not…


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…


Trick or treat with Kinect

In a 1930 jazz classic, singer Lee Morse advised that “t’aint no sin to take off your skin and dance around in your bones.” Well, this past Halloween, Microsoft software engineer Snorri Gislason let the neighborhood kids do just that—in a graveyard scene, no less—with some help from Kinect for Windows, the free personal edition…