Siemens Uses Kinect for Windows for Plant ALARA Safety

Siemens uses Kinect for Windows to improve nuclear plant employee safety. Free Xbox LIVE Gold subscription this Weekend for US, Canada Latin America and Japan. Xbox 360 remains the No. 1 selling console in the U.S. in March again.

Microsoft is offering a Xbox LIVE Gold membership free for the weekend, ending Monday morning April 22nd.

"Those reside in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and Japan can grab this offer and have access to entertainment apps like Netflix and enable features such as Video Kinect," informs Microsoft.

Microsoft typically charges $59.99 for a 12 month membership or $9.99 for a monthly membership.

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Microsoft offers Xbox LIVE Gold subscription free for this weekend only

Also, Siemens now using Kinect for Windows to improve nuclear plant employee safety.

A crucial aspect for any project is the need to minimize employee exposure to radiation by applying a standard known as As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA). At present, "Plant ALARA managers work with the maintenance groups to estimate how much time is required to perform a task and, allowing for exposure limits, they determine how many employees may be needed to safely complete it. Today, that work is typically done with pen and paper," expalins Microsoft.

But, the "new tools from Siemens PLM Software that incorporate the Kinect for Windows sensor could change the current process by providing a 3-D virtual interactive modeling environmen," Microsoft adds.

Siemens uses Kinect for Windows to improve nuclear plant employee safety

Xbox 360 #1 console in the U.S.

Also, according to NPD data, Xbox 360 continued to be the number one console in the U.S. in March 2012, marking the 27th consecutive month as the best-selling console.

March highlights from NPD include:

  • "Xbox 360 sold 261,000 units, maintaining the number-one console spot in the U.S.
  • Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform reached $402 million, (hardware, software and accessories), the most for any console in the U.S.
  • During the month of March, Xbox 360 held six of the top 10 console game titles including: "Bioshock Infinite," "NBA 2K13," "Gears of War: Judgment," "Tomb Raider," "The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct" and "Call of Duty: Black Ops II"," informs Microsoft.