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Augmented Reality Sandbox makes mudpies with Kinect

Augmented Reality Sandbox makes mudpies with Kinect

AR isn't just about flashing Google Project Glass alerts up in your line of sight, it's also about getting your hands dirty with some mediated reality thanks to an Augmented Reality Sandbox project by UC Davis. The handiwork of researchers at the W.M. Keck Center for Active Visualization in the Earth Sciences, the digital sandbox uses a projector and Microsoft Kinect sensor to track the contours of the sand and overlay a real-time topographic map complete with virtual water flow.

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$99 Xbox 360 and Kinect with two-year subscription tipped

$99 Xbox 360 and Kinect with two-year subscription tipped

What if you took the classic cellphone business model and applied it to consoles? Did your mind just explode? Microsoft is certainly hoping it will. The Verge reports that Microsoft will be offering a $99 Xbox 360 and Kinect as part of a two-year subscription starting from next week. The $99 upfront cost would net you the hardware, and you would continue to pay a $15 monthly subscription over the course of two years.

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Multi touch table achieves 3D effect using Kinect

Multi touch table achieves 3D effect using Kinect

Interactive tables aren’t anything new, but what about one you could potentially build by yourself on the cheap? That’s what one internet dweller has done, using a 2D projector, kinect unit, and four infrared lasers. The table appears to have a 3D holographic display, but it’s a clever piece of trickery: the Kinect tracks the user’s head in relation to the table, and the projector adjusts the image as necessary to give the illusion of a 3D space.

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Skyrim will see Kinect support later this month

Skyrim will see Kinect support later this month

Bethesda Studios today announced that the Xbox 360 version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will be receiving an update enabling Kinect support. The update will be available for free later this month. Bethesda say that they’ve added 200 voice commands into the game, including support for dragon shouts. Instead of scrolling through an endless menu of commands, now you’ll simply be able to call out the necessary shout.

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Kinect on Windows Phone 8 in the pipeline

Kinect on Windows Phone 8 in the pipeline

The technology that drives the Kinect system for your Xbox 360 as well as your Windows PC will soon be coming to Windows Phone in miniature. Several sources (one of them drunk, the others said to be entirely reliable) have spoken with VR-Zone's Theo Valich about Kinect NUI (Natural User Interface) and its future with Windows Phone 8. This technology will be coming to Windows Phone 8 codename Apollo or one of its updates and will have the platform transformed in no time flat.

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Kinect for Windows 1.5 teased with “seated” tracking

Kinect for Windows 1.5 teased with “seated” tracking

The folks at Microsoft are bringing the next generation of Kinect for Windows to the forefront this week with a version 1.5 of the software that works with it. This release comes amid a much wider availability for the platform as a whole with 19 new countries in the pipeline for this year. Kinect for Windows version 1.5 will be released at the end of May with such exciting features as "seated" or "10-joint" skeletal tracking, this expanding the abilities of the system further than ever before.

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Next-gen Xbox running ARM chip rumored for 2013

Next-gen Xbox running ARM chip rumored for 2013

Microsoft confirmed not long ago that it would not be bringing the next-generation Xbox to E3 this year. New information has come to light that Microsoft won’t just be bringing one new console in the future, but two. The info comes from a Reddit user named “MSnerd”, apparently familiar with Microsoft’s plans for the gaming console going forward.

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BBC iPlayer hits Xbox 360

BBC iPlayer hits Xbox 360

BBC iPlayer content is available on Xbox LIVE from today, the broadcaster has announced, with UK gamers now able to access the streaming media service directly from their consoles. As with iPlayer users on other platforms, viewers will be able to choose from catch-up content over the past seven days, while those with Microsoft's Kinect sensor bar will be able to navigate and control playback using hand gestures and voice commands.

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