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…


Encounters with Kinect

Imagine an interactive digital art performance where the audience becomes the performers and interact not just with other audience members but also with lights, sounds, and professional dancers. That’s what visitors to SummerSalt, an outdoor arts festival in Melbourne, Australia, experienced. The self-choreographed event came courtesy of Encounters, an installation created by the Microsoft Research…


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…


Build-A-Bear Selects Kinect for Windows for "Store of the Future"

Build-A-Bear Workshop stores have been delivering custom-tailored experiences to children for 15 years in the form of make-your-own stuffed animals, but the company recently recognized that its target audience was gravitating toward digital devices. So it has begun advancing its in-store experiences to match the preferences of its core customers by incorporating digital screens throughout…


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…