The Kinect has been around for a while and version 2 added some great new capabilities. Natural User Interfaces (NUIs) are continuing to grow. The technology used in the Kinect is making it to other devices, including your laptops.

Come see some cool projects being worked on, what burnt fingers Greg has gained over the years and how to push the limits of hacking on a Microsoft Kinect.


Greg Levenhagen is a Microsoft MVP in Windows Platform Development and principal software engineer consultant with Skyline Technologies. He has a great passion for giving back to the community and teaching. A true enthusiast of computer science, with passions and interests including mobile, UX, architecture, parallel, testing, agile, 3D/games, cloud, languages and much more. Greg speaks at conferences like ThatConference, CodeMash, VSLive and DevLink. He is also a Microsoft Certified Trainer, board member of ThatConference, president of the Northeast WI Developers User’s Group, President of the Northeast WI Code Camp and the Milwaukee Code Camp, cofounder of the Northeast WI Agile User’s Group, INETA speaker and IEEE and ACM member.

Along with being a life-long geek, Greg enjoys golfing, football, woodworking, philosophy and stimulating conversation.

Free Registration


When & Where

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)
5:30 – networking and food
6:00 – discussion

Fox Valley Technical College

1825 N. Bluemound
Room F108
Appleton, WI 54912


Kinect HD was first available to the public when the Xbox One was released in November 22, 2013.  However it came with a special connector that did not allow the user to plug it into the PC.  So we were left wondering, when will we be able to write software for the next version of this awesome sensor?!  I am currently on the early preview program for the Kinect HD for Windows.  Part of the NDA allows me demonstrate the new product prior to its’ release (planned for late summer ’14).  I am proud and excited to show you the great new features that come with the Kinect HD sensor.

Besides being a full HD (1920×1080) sensor, it also allows you to track up to six people simultaneously.  Body tracking has greater detail and more points to work with.  The sensor is less susceptible to ambient lighting.  The overall programming interface has been updated to be much more efficient.  Audio filtering has been greatly enhanced to minimize noise.  You can even use the Kinect HD sensor for Windows Store Apps. More information about the Kinect for Windows v2 can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/kinectforwindowsdev/newdevkit.aspx.

There are many exciting possibilities for the Kinect HD sensor.  I hope you will join me as I show you what it can do for you.



When & Where

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 at the Fox Valley Technical College – Appleton Campus

Parking Map and Campus Floorplans – http://www.fvtc.edu/about-us/fvtc-contacts-locations/locations-maps


Travis is a Senior Engineering Consultant in Southern Wisconsin with both hardware and software experience.  He spends a lot of time writing .NET code and loves to work with bleeding edge technologies.  He’s very interested in MMI (Man-Machine Interfaces).  With the greater availability of low cost sensors, software applications can have a better understanding of the user’s environment which allows the user to interact with systems in new and interesting ways.  It’s a very exciting time to be an engineer :)