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Kinect Play Fit tipped for 360 with Joule tracker

Kinect Play Fit tipped for 360 with Joule tracker

Microsoft is reportedly readying a wireless fitness monitor that, along with a "Kinect Play Fit" upgrade to the Xbox 360 dashboard, will enable cross-game health tracking. The accessory, believed to be called Joule by sources speaking to The Verge, will collate ongoing fitness performance between Xbox games, motivating users to stay in their sweetspot for pre-set weight loss, strength or cross-fitness goals.

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Microsoft researching sound only gesture system

Microsoft researching sound only gesture system

The Kinect has made motion controls a reality for consoles, and we might soon be seeing similar technology make the jump to PCs and laptops. Rather than using a dedicated motion sensor bar, Microsoft Research is developing a technique called SoundWave that would detect motion and implement controls using only the microphone and speakers on a laptop.

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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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