Microsoft today announced that they have began shipping thousands of Kinect for Windows v2 sensors to developers worldwide. Also, they have released a preview version of the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0. Microsoft was testing Kinect for Windows v2 sensor with no.of developers in private preview for months, one of them is Disney Entertainment. Disney has created a virtual reality game based on Kinect to promote their upcoming animated comedy-adventure feature film Planes 2: Fire & Rescue which is releasing in August. The game lets fans of all ages take on the role of the film’s firefighting planes, Dusty and Dipper, as they race to protect Piston Peak National Park. The Kinect-powered experience does more than just control Dusty and Dipper—it lets players virtually become Dusty and Dipper, using body gestures to control the planes. Players’ arms become wings, and as they swoop and sway, their firefighting avatars execute aerial ...

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The Kinect for Windows team recently conducted a hackathon in partnership with NUI Central. The hackathon went on for 27-hours and the participants were focused on developing applications and experiences using the upcoming Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and SDK 2.0. The event had around 100 participants from around the world. Kinect for Windows team revealed that developers have shown tremendous interest in the experimental near-field firmware that turns the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor into a near-field device that can be used at close range (from 10cm to 1m). Find out the top three teams from the hackathon below, First place: lightspeed. Their application, called K4B, used a Kinect for Windows v2 sensor to scan large ceiling spaces in order to map HVAC and electrical details so that renovators can get accurate, detailed as-built measurements. Second place: adabiits. Their application, Thing T. Thing, included a robotic hand that waves ...

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