Hello everyone.

We have decided to phase out the Mixed Reality Forums over the next few months in favor of other ways to connect with us.

The first way we want to connect with you is our mixed reality developer program, which you can sign up for at https://aka.ms/IWantMR.

The plan between now and the beginning of May is to clean up old, unanswered questions that are no longer relevant. The forums will remain open and usable.

On May 1st we will be locking the forums to new posts and replies. They will remain available for another three months for the purposes of searching them, and then they will be closed altogether on August 1st.

So, where does that leave our awesome community to ask questions? Well, there are a few places we want to engage with you. For technical questions, please use Stack Overflow, and tag your questions using either hololens or windows-mixed-reality. If you want to join in discussions, please do so in the HoloDevelopers Slack, which you can join by going to https://aka.ms/holodevelopers. And always feel free to hit us up on Twitter @MxdRealityDev.

Can you use a Kinect with the HoloLens emulator?

Is it possible to utilize the Kinect in the Hololens emulator. Ideal thing would be to use it as a stream. However, even just using the .xef file as a room would be helpful.


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  • edited April 2016

    The .xef file that the Kinect generates doesn't quite work in my experiences. I'm not sure if the format is exactly the same or not. Obviously the idea and concept is the same. It's not published as to which streams to record to get it to work in HoloLens.

    To use the Kinect you would need to use some sort of network proxy which sends the data in or you query it. The Kinect device, its streams and the SDK are not available in Windows Holographic. So basically you'd need another computer to process the Kinect streams, and then a proxy to forward, or listen for requests to the data from a HoloLens app.

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