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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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Google Kinect-style Android motion tracking teased in patent app

Google Kinect-style Android motion tracking teased in patent app

Google is exploring using Kinect-style motion tracking to add a new degree of gesture control to mobile devices, a new patent application suggests, adaptable to future Android phones but also wearables like Google Goggles. The submission, titled "Use camera to augment input for portable electronic device", describes using the front-facing camera in a phone, tablet or other gadget to identify and track the user's fingers in the space around it, recognizing "single tapping, double tapping, hovering, holding and swiping."

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Microsoft releases Robotics dev toolkit for Kinect droids

Microsoft releases Robotics dev toolkit for Kinect droids

Microsoft has released its Robotics Developer Studio 4 (RDS4), helping robot builders integrate Kinect into their DIY hardware, while a reference hardware platform, Eddie, has also been launched. Meanwhile, Microsoft has also announced its ten finalists of the Robotics@Home competition. The RDS4 toolkit includes simulators so that users can create virtual 'bots without any actual hardware to hand, but the real fun starts when you plug a Kinect into a laptop and some servos.

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Kinect PC becomes digital projector parrot thanks to Microsoft Research

Kinect PC becomes digital projector parrot thanks to Microsoft Research

Is that a Kinect on your shoulder, or are you just pleased to see me? Microsoft Research has indulged in a little motion-tracking experimentation and come up with the Wearable Multitouch Projector, the 21st-century equivalent of a pirate's useful parrot. A combination of a Kinect sensor bar and a portable projector, the wearable PC can create a virtual display on any wall, notepad, desk or even your hand, tracking movements and gestures as you interact with your data.

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