Kinect helps bring technology to Chinese classrooms and community centers

NuiStar, a software development company based in Nanjing, China, has utilized the Kinect sensor and SDK (software development kit) to bring cutting-edge technology to China’s schools and community centers. The centerpiece of the company’s offerings is their natural user interface, or NUI, which is built around the Kinect sensor’s ability to recognize and respond to…


Kinect for Windows sets tone at high-tech library

Photos by Kevin Manguiob, Liberty University (left and center)Lizzy Benson, Liberty University (right) Liberty University, one of the world’s largest online education providers, celebrated the grand opening of its new Jerry Falwell Library on January 15. The $50 million, 170,000-square-foot library hosts cutting-edge, interactive features, including a 24-by-11-foot media wall constructed of 198 micro tiles…


Jintronix makes rehabilitation more convenient, fun, and affordable with Kinect for Windows

A stroke can be a devastating experience, leaving the patient with serious physical impairments and beset by concerns for the future. Today, that future is much brighter, as stroke rehabilitation has made enormous strides. Now, Jintronix offers a significant advance to help stroke patients restore their physical functions: an affordable motion-capture system for physical rehabilitation…


New Director, Same Direction: the Momentum Continues with Kinect for Windows

Almost two years ago, Microsoft announced its intent to take Kinect beyond gaming and make it possible for developers and businesses to innovate with Kinect on computers. The Kinect for Windows team was born. Shortly after that, I joined the team to oversee Program Management, and over the past year, we’ve shipped the Kinect for…


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…


Inside the Newest Kinect for Windows SDK—Infrared Control

The Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK) October release was a pivotal update with a number of key improvements. One important update in this release is how control of infrared (IR) sensing capabilities has been enhanced to create a world of new possibilities for developers. IR sensing is a core feature of the Kinect…


The Past, Present, and Future of Multimodal Input Featured at Seattle Interactive Conference 2012

Earlier this week at the 2012 Seattle Interactive Conference, Oscar Murillo, user experience architect for Kinect for Windows, kicked off a six-person panel discussion about the transformational power of voice and gesture technology with a demonstration that showed participants how much the Kinect sensor has grown beyond its gaming roots. “Kinect for Windows is a…


Monsters Come to Life with Kinect for Windows

It all started with a couple of kids and a remarkable idea, which eventually spawned two terrifying demon dogs and their master. This concept is transforming the haunt industry and could eventually change how theme parks and other entertainment businesses approach animated mechanical electronics (animatronics). Here’s the behind-the-scenes story of how this all came to be:…


Inside the Kinect for Windows SDK Update with Peter Zatloukal and Bob Heddle

Now that the updated Kinect for Windows SDK  is available for download, Engineering Manager Peter Zatloukal and Group Program Manager Bob Heddle sat down to discuss what this significant update means to developers.  Bob Heddle demonstrates the new infrared functionality in the Kinect for Windows SDK. Why should developers care about this update to the…


Kinect for Windows Fall Roadmap

The Kinect for Windows team has been hard at work this summer, and I have some very exciting developments to share with you regarding our roadmap between now and the end of the year. On October 8, Kinect for Windows is coming to China. China is a leader in business and technology innovation. We are very…