Keeping an eye on pugnacious pigs

Keeping an eye on pugnacious pigs
Keeping an eye on pugnacious pigs

Notwithstanding their docile image in cartoons and literature (think Porky Pig from the Looney Tunes cartoons or Wilbur in the novel Charlotte’s Web), pigs can be surprisingly aggressive, as any hog farmer can tell you. Their belligerent behaviors become especially prominent when several unfamiliar pigs are penned together, as often happens after the pigs have…


VNTANA HOLLAGRAM brings AR to Marketing

VNTANA HOLLAGRAM brings AR to Marketing
VNTANA HOLLAGRAM brings AR to Marketing

You’ve built the world’s only interactive, scalable hologram system—so, what do you do for an encore? If you’re augmented reality (AR) company VNTANA, you link that hologram system to social media and give it data collection capabilities, creating HOLLAGRAM, a first-of-its-kind marketing tool. The HOLLAGRAM system consists of the Kinect v2 sensor, a powerful PC,…


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…


Pumping iron with Kinect for Windows

Pumping iron with Kinect for Windows
Pumping iron with Kinect for Windows

No, you aren’t going to clean and jerk the Kinect sensor—and given its compact size, that wouldn’t be much of an exercise anyway. What you can do, with the tutorial provided by Vangos Pterneas (a Microsoft Kinect Most Valuable Professional), is build a Kinect for Windows application that will recognize your barbell and measure how…


Step into Frank Sinatra’s virtual shoes

The Kinect-enabled Swivel application from FaceCake allowed museum visitors to virtually don Sinatra’s classic clothing.
The Kinect-enabled Swivel application from FaceCake allowed museum visitors to virtually don Sinatra’s classic clothing.

There’s no doubt about it: from his early days as a big band crooner through his mature years as a renowned solo artist and movie star, Frank Sinatra was a style icon as well as a singing legend. So it was only fitting when, earlier this year, the Los Angeles-based GRAMMY Museum teamed up with…


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…


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…


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…