The Kinect Effect
How The World is Using Kinect

We built Kinect to revolutionize the way you play games and how you experience entertainment. But along the way, people started using Kinect in ways we never imagined. From helping children with autism, to helping doctors in the operating room, people are taking Kinect beyond games. And that’s what we call the Kinect Effect.


Lakeside Center for Autism Helps Kids with Kinect

See how therapists at Lakeside Center for Autism are integrating Kinect’s full body play technology into their therapy sessions.

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Lakeside Center for Autism Helps Kids with Kinect


Stroke Patients at Royal Berkshire Benefit from Playing Kinect

Learn about how rehabilitation therapists are making Kinect an important part of the rehabilitation process for stroke and other brain injury patients at Royal Berkshire Hospital.

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Stroke Patients at Royal Berkshire Benefit from Playing Kinect


Tedesys Uses Kinect in Hospitals

Watch how Tedesys is using Kinect technology in an operating room in Spain to help doctors navigate MRIs and CAT scans with a wave of their hand. If approved by national government agencies, who knows what benefits this could bring?

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Tedesys Uses Kinect in Hospitals


See What Others Are Doing With Kinect

Watch Kinect  + OpenNI Video
Kinect + OpenNI + Flash + Natzke Ribbons
Watch Never Loved Your Eyes Video
Never Loved Your Eyes
Grocery cart loyally follows disabled shoppers
Grocery cart loyally follows disabled shoppers

Submit Your Story

If you’ve found a new way to use Kinect, we’d love to hear about it. Share your project on Facebook and who knows, you might be featured here on our Kinect Effect site.

Be a Part of the Movement

Have an idea for a new way to use Kinect? Download the the Kinect for Windows SDK beta and bring your ideas to life.

Download the Beta SDK

See How Kinect Technology Works

Motion Sensor

Kinect uses a motion sensor that tracks your entire body. So when you play, it’s not only about your hands and wrists. It’s about all of you. Arms, legs, knees, waist, hips and so on.

Skeletal Tracking

As you play, Kinect creates a digital skeleton of you based on depth data. So when you move left or right or jump around, the sensor will capture it and put you in the game.

Facial Recognition

Kinect ID remembers who you are by collecting physical data that’s stored in your profile. So when you want to play again, Kinect will know it’s you, making it easy to jump in whenever you want.