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…


Baseball fans have a virtual fit

Major League Baseball’s 2015 All-Star Game is in the record books, with the victorious American League earning bragging rights and home-field advantage in this year’s World Series. But the American Leaguers weren’t the only winners at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park: lots of fans of either league came away with a winning fit in All-Star…


Kinect powers informed shoppers

You go to a large grocery store to buy some Fuji apples. The signs tell you which are organic and which aren’t, but that (and the price per weight) is about all the information you’ll get. Now imagine a shopping scenario where you could learn much more about those apples: the orchard where they were…


Retail signage gets smart

The following blog was guest-authored by Justin Miller, an account manager for digital media and biometrics at NEC, a global provider of IT services and products. When was the last time that you went into a retail store and—without talking with a salesperson—got more information about a product or service than you could have gleaned…


RoomAlive Toolkit unveiled at Build 2015

As highlighted during the Build 2015 Conference, Microsoft is more committed than ever to delivering innovative software, services, and devices that are changing the way people use technology and opening up new scenarios for developers. Perhaps no software reflects that commitment better than the RoomAlive Toolkit, whose release was announced Thursday, April 30, in a…


Graffiti experience pulls in shoppers

The following blog was guest authored by Dr. Neil Roodyn, a Microsoft MVP and the founder and director of nsquared, a company dedicated to using software to solve business problems. What does a maker of high-end consumer electronics do to reinforce its image as a pioneer in tech innovation? That was the question facing our…


Booting up customer relations with Kinect

Tension mounts as the place kicker trots onto the field. With only seconds left on the clock and a score of 12 to 14, this three-point field goal attempt will decide the game’s outcome. And who is the intrepid kicker, on whose kicking prowess so much rests? It’s any of a host of fans, each…


The magic of Christmas, Kinect style

Every December, British shoppers look forward to the creative holiday ad campaign from John Lewis, a major UK department store chain. It’s been a tradition for a number of years, is seen by millions of viewers in the UK annually, and won a coveted IPA Effectiveness Award in 2012. The retailer’s seasonal campaign traditionally emphasizes…


Kinect with soccer and suds

What’s better than watching your team compete in the World Cup? Perhaps enjoying the game with a refreshing beer, especially if you purchased the brew at a nice discount. Thanks to a Kinect for Windows application, Argentine fans were able to do just that. The Kinect-based display rewarded Argentine soccer fans with discounts on beer….


Thousands of developers are participating in Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview—starting today

In addition to being a great day for Xbox One, today is also a great day for Kinect for Windows. We have started delivering Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview kits to program participants. The Developer Preview includes a pre-release Kinect for Windows v2 sensor, access to the new generation Kinect for Windows software development…