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…


GesturePak v2 simplifies creation of gesture-controlled apps

What do you do after you’ve built a great app? You make it even better. That’s exactly what Carl Franklin, a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), did with GesturePak. Actually, GesturePak is both a WPF app that lets you create your own gestures (movements) and store them as XML files, and a .NET API that…


Windows Store provides new market for Kinect apps

In case you hadn’t noticed, the Windows Store added something really special to its line-up not too long ago: its first Kinect applications. The ability to create Windows Store applications had been a longstanding request from the Kinect for Windows developer community, so we were very pleased to deliver this capability through the latest Kinect…


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…


Dancing the night away with Kinect v2

Visitors to Seattle’s 2014 Decibel Festival expected the avant-garde. After all, this four-day event celebrated innovations in electronic music, visual art, and new media. But even the most jaded attendees must have been surprised to encounter the Cube, a 4-foot-square block of transparent acrylic that catapulted them into an interactive dance party. The Cube uses…


Ubi’s Kinect-powered touchscreens: an affordable solution for the classroom

Victor Cervantes was searching for a solution. As IT director for COBAEP, a public high school system in of the Mexican state of Puebla, he was committed to introducing digital technology into the system’s 37 high schools. Cervantes firmly believed that the use of technology would both improve students’ learning and prepare them for the…


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…


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…


Intel-GE Care Innovations uses Kinect solution to help elderly patients

“I’ve fallen … and I can’t get up.” That line, from a low-budget 1980s TV commercial hawking a personal medical emergency call button, has been fodder for countless comedians over the years. But falls among the elderly are anything but a laughing matter, especially to Maureen Glynn, the director of behavioral innovation programming at Intel-GE…


Telekinesis, Kinect for Windows style

What science fiction fan doesn’t love the idea of telekinesis? We never tire of the illusion, but there’s nothing illusory about Microsoft tech evangelist Mike Taulty’s ability to move a ball without touching it, using only simple hand gestures. [View:https://vimeo.com/106973120]Mike Tautly controls a Sphero with simple gestures—and a Kinect for Windows v2 sensor. The ball…