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Using Kinect to Control Business Analyzer for Microsoft Dynamics GP

by Linda Rosencrance
Contributing Writer, MSDW

How's this for a neat idea-controlling Microsoft Dynamics GP with Kinect and physical motion. 

In a blog post, Jivtesh Singh, a Microsoft Dynamics GP MVP, explained how he used gestures to control Business Analyzer for Dynamics GP.

First some background on Singh's history with Kinect.

When Kinect for XBOX came out last year, he immediately fell in love with it. As good as Wii was, Kinect was that much better.

But Singh wasn't happy just playing with Kinect-he wanted to program with it. He didn't want to get away from Dynamics GP but he didn't know how the two would fit together. Making a journal entry with Kinect didn't seem to be a very smart idea. Then, earlier this year, he saw how you could use Business Analyzer (available with Dynamics GP 2010 R2), to add KPIs, Charts and Graphs to your personal dashboard.

Then it hit him: What if people could navigate Business Analyzer using their gestures? Now that seemed like a good fit to Singh.

"Microsoft has done a great job with the Kinect SDK and the Kinect ToolBox," he said in the blog. "Using the two I was able to track 4 gestures, and then send commands to Business Analyzer to navigate through the reports."

Singh captured the following Gestures:
  • Swipe to Right-Moves to next Graph in Business Analyzer
  • Swipe to ...

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About Linda Rosencrance

Linda Rosencrance is a freelance writer/editor in the Boston area. Rosencrance has over 25 years experience as an reporter/investigative reporter, writing for many newspapers in the metropolitan Boston area. Rosencrance has been writing about information technology for the past 16 years.

She has covered a variety of IT subjects, including Microsoft Dynamics, mobile security issues such as data loss prevention, network management, secure mobile app development, privacy, cloud computing, BI, big data, analytics, HR, CRM, ERP, and enterprise IT.

Rosencrance is the author of six true crime books for Kensington Publishing Corp.