First retail Kinect Windows 7 application detailed

It seems that After-mouse.com may become the first company to release a retail application that has been developed specifically for Kinect on Microsoft Windows 7.

According to the after-mouse.com website, the application allows clients to search through a company database along with the ability to consult prices, pictures, video, brochures as well as the option to use a 3D view of products.

It even allows clients to compare products and order directly from the interface by using the basket function. It also has detailed user stats that will help businesses find out what products or features have been most used via the application. A video demonstration of the application can be viewed below.

Meanwhile, On-Windows spoke to Nicolas Chailian, the CEO of After-mouse, who said, “The world of new information technologies is constantly evolving, and gesture recognition is the logical progression from tactile recognition. After-mouse.com benefits from a major R&D capacity which enables us to be reactive and adapt very rapidly to innovation in the marketplace”.

After-mouse said that the great advantage to using Microsoft Kinect is that it can be controlled with any device that has the Windows 7 operating system, while it can also be used from behind a window, which means that shoppers could try out the applications when they walk past a shop window on the street.

The company has a long history in tactile software development, not just with Kinect and Windows 7, but also with Microsoft Surface where they have launched products aimed at gaming, catering, retail and real estate amongst many others. The company now plans to create similar applications for Kinect.

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Good development by the team at Aftermouse look prety promissing and cool on the video, has alot of potential in the retail industry have a question though will the Kinect application operate in a crowded area for example a walk-in retail shop, or an open area where there is alot of sunlight? or does it need to be indoor.

Although I'm very excited about the Kinect, this video did nothing for me. WAY more effort and less convenience than using a mouse.

travelcard said,
Although I'm very excited about the Kinect, this video did nothing for me. WAY more effort and less convenience than using a mouse.

imagine having your tv recordings on your computer. launch media player and browse thru shows and movies with your hands (for those with a pc on their TV in the living room). Then pausing it for a pipi break. No need to look for the remote! This is awesome and just the beginning. Open your mind for a second and imagine the possibilities, not just this example which is obviously only some rapidly deployed software just to use and test the kinect device with gestures in a windows environment.

This hasn't been released yet, nor does it take advantage of the official APIs from Microsoft. "This is a POC. The design isn't started yet."

Tom W said,
This hasn't been released yet, nor does it take advantage of the official APIs from Microsoft. "This is a POC. The design isn't started yet."

Meant to put "May become" not "Has become" - thanks for the heads up.

Byron_Hinson said,

Meant to put "May become" not "Has become" - thanks for the heads up.

"we are launching it right now with some customers. For now it's in France but it will be in NYC very soon"

They are due to let us know what customers are deploying it in the next few days when they officially announce it.

I would rather use keyboard or mouse then use Kinect to scroll, they need to make recognition faster rather than hovering over something just tap in the air and it's selected do that or GTFO.

Neo003 said,
I would rather use keyboard or mouse then use Kinect to scroll, they need to make recognition faster rather than hovering over something just tap in the air and it's selected do that or GTFO.

Microsoft bought the company who owns the gesture you're talking about when Kinect was launched worldwide.
Give them some time to update their gestures from the placeholders they had to use, to the ones they intend to use.

bdsams said,
Only the start, cant wait to see what others come up with.

Same here - great work by that company though, looks really easy to use and great to look at.