Kinect app for navigating business software
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Tuesday, 06 September 2011

Who says Dynamics GP has to be boring? Add a gesture interface for a new dimension in business intelligence.

Why should games developers have all the fun?

If you’re working on a business application, the idea of adding a Kinect interface might not spring immediately to mind, but Jivtesh Singh has come up with an example of using it to control a Microsoft Dynamics GP app.

If you’re unfamiliar with Dynamics GP, it’s a set of mid-market business accounting software formerly known as Great Plains prior to being bought by Microsoft, and along with the other Dynamics products, is not usually known for its wow gosh exciting environment.

 

dyngp

 

Singh is a Dynamics MVP (Most Valued Professional), and he says on his blog that he was keen to program with Kinect, and when he saw how the Business Analyzer that can be used with Dynamics GP 2010 lets you add KPIs, charts and graphs to Dynamics' personal dashboards, he came up with the idea of an app to let people navigate Business Analyzer with their gestures.

I think you need to be a particularly evangelical Dynamics developer to see a relationship like this, but Singh went ahead and you can see the results in the video below. Singh’s app tracks four gestures and sends commands to Business Analyzer to navigate through the reports, with left and right swipes being used to move forward and backward through the graphs, and expand and contract gestures for zoom in and out.

You can watch a video of it in action below:

    

 

As a side benefit, Jivtesh says he lost a bit of weight while coding for this, so it’s win win really.

If you’re inspired, the Kinect SDK is available at http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/kinectsdk/, and the Kinect Toolbox is available at http://kinecttoolbox.codeplex.com/.

Related articles

All About Kinect

Getting started with Microsoft Kinect SDK

 

If you would like to be informed about new articles on I Programmer you can either follow us on Twitter or Facebook or you can subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

Banner


ReSharper for C++ 1.0 Released
10/04/2015

JetBrains has released a new version of ReSharper Ultimate, its suite of .NET tools, that now includes the first public version of ReSharper for C++.  



Windows 10 SDK Now Available
24/03/2015

In a surprise move Microsoft has made an early version of the Windows 10 SDK available to download and test. Now we really find out what the new "universal apps" are all about.


More News

<ASIN:B002BSA298@COM>

<ASIN:B0036DDW2G@UK>

<ASIN:B0036DDW2G@FR>

<ASIN:B002BSA298@CA>

<ASIN:B003H4QT7Y@DE>

<ASIN:B00499DBCW@IT>

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 September 2011 )
 
 

   
RSS feed of news items only
I Programmer News
Copyright © 2015 i-programmer.info. All Rights Reserved.
Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL License.