Is your job a pain in the neck? Kinect might help.

Do you sometimes have a stiff, aching neck after a day of staring at your computer? If so, you’re far from alone. According to an article published in The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, over a third of regular computer users report work-related neck pain (WRNP) annually. So, just like you’ve been telling your…


Is Kinect for Windows Darth Vader’s secret?

As every Star Wars fan knows, telekinesis—the ability to move physical objects by using mental energy—is a major aspect of the Force. Who can forget Darth Vader telekinetically choking Admiral Motti in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope? Well, now that the latest film in the Star Wars franchise has been released, the developers…


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,…


Using Kinect to monitor Parkinson’s patients

Swedish neurologists and software developers have teamed up to create a potentially groundbreaking way to monitor patients with Parkinson’s disease. The secret ingredient? Kinect for Windows. Softronic, an IT management and consulting company headquartered in Stockholm, joined forces with the renowned Karolinska University Hospital to create an easy-to-use, affordable way to follow up remotely with…


No bones about it: Kinect for Windows v2 skeletal tracking vastly better

You can read about the improvements that Kinect for Windows v2 offers over its predecessor, but seeing the differences with your own eyes is really, well, eye-opening—which is why we’re so pleased by this YouTube video posted by Microsoft MVP Josh Blake of InfoStrat. In it, Blake not only describes the improvements in skeletal tracking…


The Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and free SDK 2.0 public preview are here

Today, we began shipping thousands of Kinect for Windows v2 sensors to developers worldwide. And more sensors will leave the warehouse in coming weeks, as we work to fill orders as quickly as possible. Additionally, Microsoft publicly released a preview version of the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 this morning—meaning that developers everywhere can now…


BUILDing business with Kinect for Windows v2

BUILD—Microsoft’s annual developer conference—is the perfect showcase for inventive, innovative solutions created with the latest Microsoft technologies. As we mentioned in our previous blog, some of the technologists who have been part of the Kinect for Windows v2 developer preview program are here at BUILD, demonstrating their amazing apps. In this blog, we’ll take a…


Windows Store app development is coming to Kinect for Windows

Today at Microsoft BUILD 2014, Microsoft made it official: the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and SDK are coming this summer (northern hemisphere). With it, developers will be able to start creating Windows Store apps with Kinect for the first time. The ability to build such apps has been a frequent request from the developer…


Swap your face…really

Ever wish you looked like someone else? Maybe Brad Pitt or Jennifer Lawrence? Well, just get Brad or Jennifer in the same room with you, turn on the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor, and presto: you can swap your mug for theirs (and vice versa, of course). Don’t believe it? Then take a look at…


nsquared releases three new Kinect for Windows-based applications

The following blog post was guest authored by Celeste Humphrey, business development consultant at nsquared, and Dr. Neil Roodyn, director of nsquared. A company that is passionate about learning, technology, and creating awesome user experiences, nsquared has developed three new applications that take advantage of Kinect for Windows to provide users with interactive, natural user interface…