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10 Steps for Awesome Speech Recognition User Interface Design: Part 1

| Tags: Design, Developers, Kinect for Windows, Strategy, Tips, UX

Speech Recognition is one of the most important new features and technologies that needs to be considered when focusing on user-centered design. Voice/speech recognition is now mainstream and ranges from frustrating experiences (tried navigating a credit card “customer service” phone tree lately?) to incredibly helpful (have you tried the Kinect’s voice recognition yet?) Well-designed user… Read more »

Beyond Touch: What’s Next for Computer Interfaces?

| Tags: Kinect for Windows

Have you ever thought about what’s next?  No, we’re not talking about an afterlife, but rather what will be that next step be that moves us beyond touch interactions when it comes to operating devices.  Michael Keller wrote a very interesting article for after talking to some brilliant and inventive minds from Tufts University and… Read more »

Kinect for Windows SDK Update and What it Means for Developers

| Tags: Developers, Kinect for Windows, Windows, Windows 8

If you didn’t get the news on Monday, Microsoft Kinect for Windows released its SDK update and launched the sensor in China. Developers and business leaders around the world are just beginning to realize what’s possible when the natural user interface capabilities of Kinect are made available for commercial use in Windows environments.The full list… Read more »

The Future of Retail

| Tags: Kinect for Windows, Mobile, Retail

In the 1950’s, Popular Mechanics had their predictions for the future of retail figured out… well at least what they thought it would look like. They predicted that shopping by picture phone would be available by the year 2000 and they weren’t too far off.  Although their predictions of eating from sawdust were a little farfetched…. Read more »

Microsoft Unveils NUads – Kinect Technology is on the Rise

| Tags: Uncategorized

Gesture-based technology is starting to pop up in many facets of our everyday life; retail, enterprise, automotive, etc. Microsoft’s NUads will begin to air on Xbox Live this fall, utilizing the incredibly popular Kinect motion sensor. “NUads transform standard 30-second TV spots into engaging and actionable experiences using the power of voice and gesture controls… Read more »

Xbox Kinect for Retail Experiences – Kinect with Consumers

| Tags: Stuart Mayhew

PART 1 Microsoft Kinect is quickly becoming ubiquitous in the gaming ecosystem and is a topic I find myself bringing up more with retail clients. With the adoption of Kinect on the Xbox platform and with all the Kinect games out now, people are beginning to better understand gesture-based interactions. Plus, with many new Kinect applications… Read more »

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