Kinect for Enterprise
Updated: February 26, 2019
2019. Microsoft unveiled Kinect for enterprise
In 2015, Microsoft unexpectedly discontinued Kinect - the 3D camera for the XBOX game console. Apparently the company decided that people had already played enough with this interesting toy. But now they've got a new idea: why not let businesses play with it too. And they released Azure Kinect. This is still the same 3D camera (for $ 399) connected with the cloud platform for creating and running various business applications. It is easier to process videos from Kinect than from a normal camera. For example, there is a toolkit that creates a model of space and people moving in this space. Thus, Kinect can be used to monitor the work quality of new employees, automatic surveillance in retail store, tracking patients in hospital, etc.
2012. Who needs Kinect for business?
Today Microsoft has launched Kinect for Windows with the Kinect SDK for developers. It means that now it's possible to develop any application for Kinect, which will run on any PC. And it's not done for people who want to save money on buying the XBox console (it wouldn't be clever from Microsoft's side). The reason is that the company sees much more opportunities for using this motion and voice sensor besides games and entertainments. So where Kinect could be used in the business world? Microsoft identifies the three main industries: healthcare, education and retail. Healthcare seems to be the biggest winner from Kinect (as well as from iPad). For example, Kinect will help surgeons to manipulate the information screen during the operation or help to cure patients with autism. The great advantage of Kinect for medicine is that it is completely sterile and infections are not transmitted through it. There is no doubt in Kinect's perspectives in kindergartens and schools. Because Kinect can turn learning into a game and save children from the uninteresting occupations like seating at a desk and writing letters. In retail stores Kinect can significantly improve customer experience thanks to creating motion-kiosks and showrooms. Besides we expect that Kinect will be used in video conferencing (or rather a telepresence systems) and business presentations. For example, Toyota has already showed how to use Kinect for vehicle presentation.
2011. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 adds cloud services
MBS President, Kirill Tatarinov (at the left) plays with Dynamics AX 2012 via Kinect Last week the new version Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 became available in 25 countries (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, UK, US). This new version is interesting for us because it finally adds the cloud services. They work from the Windows Azure cloud in combination with the general ERP software, which can be installed on the company's own server or hosted in a partner data center. Thus, it implements the Microsoft's favorite concept - S + S (Software + Service). Customers can access the cloud services via the customer portal at dynamicsonline.com. There are four groups of services: - Commerce Services - enable to integrate ERP system with e-commerce sites (such as eBay) and automate the online sales - Sites Services - enable to create extranet sites to automate business processes, which involve partners and customers - Payment Services - enable to accept credit and debit card transactions - RapidStart Services - Quick Start Wizard that allows to customize ERP for your individual business needs Microsoft says that the next version of Dynamics Nav, which will be released next year, the first fully cloud-enabled product and operate on Azure. In addition, previously they promised that MS Dynamics ERP will become a part of the SaaS-office suite Office 365.
2011. Kinect + GMail Motion : use gestures to manage your inbox
On the 1st of April Google kinda joked - introduced the new feature - GMail Motion - the ability to control emails and even enter text in the GMail mailbox using gestures (see video). But some people don't understand jokes. The guys from Southern California University took Kinect, connected it to GMail using the plug-in and turn into reality the technology that Google showed in the promotional video. Here's how it works: