The New Generation Kinect for Windows Sensor is Coming Next Year

By now, most of you likely have heard about the new Kinect sensor that Microsoft will deliver as part of Xbox One later this year.  Today, I am pleased to announce that Microsoft will also deliver a new generation Kinect for Windows sensor next year. We’re continuing our commitment to equipping businesses and organizations with…


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…


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:…


Kinect for Windows releases SDK update and launches in China

I’m very pleased to announce that the latest Kinect for Windows runtime and software development kit (SDK) have been released today. I am also thrilled to announce that the Kinect for Windows sensor is now available in China. Developers and business leaders around the world are just beginning to realize what’s possible when the natural…


Nissan Pathfinder Virtual Showroom is Latest Auto Industry Tool Powered by Kinect for Windows

[View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQVycUmeqB4&feature=g-upl] Automotive companies Audi, Ford, and Nissan are adopting Kinect for Windows as a the newest way to put a potential driver into a vehicle. Most car buyers want to get “hands on” with a car before they are ready to buy, so automobile manufacturers have invested in tools such as online car configurators and…


KinÊtre Uses Kinect for Windows to Animate Objects in Real Time

Traditional digital animation techniques can be costly and time-consuming. But KinÊtre—a new Kinect for Windows project developed by a team at Microsoft Research Cambridge—makes the process quick and simple enough that anyone can be an animator who brings inanimate objects to life. KinÊtre uses the skeletal tracking technology in the Kinect for Windows software development…