Kinect-enabled PC game scores big in 2015 Imagine Cup

Team TerraBite: the name evokes mixed metaphors of earth (terra), predation (bite), and technology (terabyte). And it’s the perfect moniker for the squad from Abertay University, whose apocalyptically themed, Kinect-enabled PC game, Project Cyber, made it all the way to the World Semifinals of the 2015 Imagine Cup. On the way, they garnered accolades for…


Coffee, creativity, and Kinect: hacking London-style

A marathon came to London early this year, but it wasn’t the usual 26 miles of pavement pounding. This was a different kind of endurance event, one involving 36 hours of coding with the Kinect v2 sensor. The event, which took place March 21–22, was organized by Dan Thomas of Moov2, who had approached my…


Learn to build Kinect apps for the Windows Store

As we discussed in a recent blog, the Kinect v2 sensor and SDK 2.0 enables developers to create Kinect-powered Windows Store apps, opening up an entirely new market for your Kinect for Windows applications. Now on GitHub you can find the Kinect 2 Hands on Labs, a tutorial series that teaches you, step by step,…


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…


Two hackathons—one city: creativity reigns in Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas: capital of the Lone Star State, home to the Texas Longhorns, and host of not one but two Kinect for Windows hackathons in the past few weeks. We were blown away—like Texas tumbleweeds, you know—by the ingenuity and talent on display at these Austin events. NUI Central Kinect for Windows Hackathon Developers, UI/UX…


Kinect gets artistic

While we’ve always thought that Kinect for Windows was a work of art, figuratively speaking, we are delighted to see the art world embracing the Kinect sensor as a creative tool. Two highly imaginative artistic uses of Kinect for Windows recently caught our attention, and we want to share them with you. The first is…


Kinect comes to the aid of golfers

Virtual golfers may be eagerly anticipating the upcoming EA Sports PGA Tour for Xbox One, which is slated to include Kinect for Windows motion controls. But real golfers—the ones who actually hit the links—don’t have to wait to enjoy the golfing benefits of Kinect. They can use the power of the Kinect sensor to capture,…


Kinect-powered experiences bring people together

The following blog was guest authored by Kyle Banuelos, co-founder of Stublisher Inc., a startup that engineers interactive experiences for cutting-edge campaigns, events, spaces, and connected devices. Mini-computers, powerful microcontrollers, and sensors (such as Kinect), are increasingly becoming more affordable and customizable. Frameworks and libraries built for these technologies are typically open source and written…


Kinect powers cost-effective stroke therapy

Imagine how your life would change if you couldn’t easily move the arm and hand on one side of your body. For more than 2 million Americans, this scenario requires no imagination: it’s their reality, brought on by a stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, or some other neurological condition. Physical therapy can help…


Kinect-powered kiosk enlisted in fight against Ebola

Kinect’s gesture-enabled interactions can be entertaining (think games), profitable (think marketing), or educational (think kinesthetic learning). And sometimes, they can be potentially lifesaving! Such was the case when the British Army asked CDS, a communications-solution company based in the UK, to create a touch-free interactive kiosk for use by possible Ebola victims. Part of a…