About Kinect for Windows
Exploring the Possibilities
Kinect for Windows is a platform that takes the magic of Kinect beyond gaming. With Kinect for Windows, businesses and developers can create a new class of touch-free applications that give people the ability to interact naturally with computers by simply gesturing and speaking. What can a computer do if you give it eyes, ears, and the capacity to use them? Kinect for Windows is answering this question by demonstrating what’s possible in today’s era of human-centered computing.
Kinect for Windows combines hardware, software, and a commercial license to support the development and deployment of Kinect-enabled applications and tools for computers running Windows. Companies are using Kinect for Windows in a wide variety of innovative solutions including making learning more engaging, delighting their customers with interactive kiosks and digital signage, revolutionizing shopping with virtual fitting rooms, and improving healthcare with enhanced patient monitoring, physical therapy, and operating room applications.
Putting People First
Early computers required users to type in commands by using a text-based command line interface to perform tasks. A monumental improvement arrived with the graphical user interface (GUI), which, when coupled with mice, joysticks, and other controller devices, enabled users to interact with computers without using keyboards. The natural user interface (NUI) is the next milestone in human-computer interaction. With NUI, users can interact naturally with their computers by touching their screens or using gestures and voice commands to tell a computer what they want it to do.
Kinect for Windows is helping to define a future in which computers are learning to anticipate and understand what people want by reading body language. This enables people to communicate naturally with computers to accomplish tasks. You want to move a virtual object? You just grab it and move it. No need to type, touch, or point and click. Kinect for Windows removes the layer of abstraction between humans and technology, giving people the ability to use voice and gestures to communicate naturally with their computers—rather than just using their fingertips.
Turning Ideas into Reality
Businesses of all sizes—from startups to Fortune 500 companies—are using Kinect for Windows in dozens of industries, including retail, education, healthcare, automotive, and manufacturing. They are developing immersive training and simulation programs, making it possible to navigate information in new ways. They are creating engaging marketing programs, inventing more effective communication tools, and much more.
The Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK) has been downloaded more than half a million times, and Kinect for Windows sensors are available in 39 markets around the world. As more businesses adopt Kinect for Windows every day, we are working together to create a future in which interacting with computers is intuitive, seamless, and natural.
The Kinect for Windows Team
Led by Director Bob Heddle, the Kinect for Windows team encompasses people with diverse points of view who love the challenge and creativity of bringing Kinect into new scenarios and environments. We embrace constant innovation and share a passion for the transformative power of Kinect for Windows and touch-free natural computing.