Tallinn Tech Researchers Get Access to Kinect for App Development (6)

Kinect: not just a teen toy Photo: Reuters/Scanpix
2/8/2012 1:21 PM
Category: Sci-Tech

Tallinn University of Technology researchers are linking up with Microsoft to develop services based on the company's Kinect technology.

A competition that wound up this week at the University aimed to generate innovative ideas in the field of telemedicine and teleconferencing, navigation systems, indoor navigation, health care, facial recognition and manufacturing process management.

Kinect is is a motion sensing device for the Xbox 360 video game console.

The competition winners were Olev Märtens of the University of Technology's Thomas Johann Seebeck electronics institute, associate professor with the information science institute Innar Liiv and student Henri Hallik.

They were given the latest Kinect Windows technology - introduced this year - for conducting further research.

The Seebeck electronics institute plans to develop Kinect applications in the field of audio and video technologies, with testing and development planned in cooperation with the partner hospitals of ELIKO Technology Development Center.

Dean for innovation and international relations Alar Kolk said use of Kinect technology for developing services in telemedicine, facial expressions and navigation systems is a "very new" field.

Microsoft's Andres Sirel says the cooperation with the Tallinn University of Technology is unprecedented and hopes are high. "Microsoft is doing everything it can to put applications developed by Tallinn Tech scientists and students on the world map."

Kristopher Rikken

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