Kinect

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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Peter Molyneux to leave Lionhead Studios and Microsoft

Peter Molyneux to leave Lionhead Studios and Microsoft

Peter Molyneux, famous for creating such games as Dungeon Keeper, Black & White, and the Fable series, has announced that he is leaving the developer Lionhead Studios, and its parent company, Microsoft. Molyneux will stay on until development of Fable: The Journey has completed later this year.

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Microsoft demos Kinect 3D desktop and Holoflector augmented reality mirror

Microsoft demos Kinect 3D desktop and Holoflector augmented reality mirror

Microsoft Research showed off some fascinating new technology concepts with three demo videos, two of which heavily integrate Kinect sensors. The projects include a 3D desktop concept, the IllumiShare remote sharing system, and the Holoflector augmented reality mirror, all of which can find diverse applications in gaming, education, and business.

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Whole Foods prototype shopping cart uses Kinect

Whole Foods prototype shopping cart uses Kinect

Shopping carts today are far from what you would consider high-tech. The highest tech shopping carts I've ever seen have simple calculators attached. Grocery store chain Whole Foods is working on the development of the shopping cart of the future, and this cart is very high-tech and so awesome. The cart has a Microsoft Kinect for Windows sensor attached.

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ETRONIKA produce Kinect-based online banking

ETRONIKA produce Kinect-based online banking

As one of the relatively few companies across the earth to receive Kinect for Windows & SDK before the official announcement, you know good and well that Microsoft has some faith in the group known as ETRONIKA. And what they've produced here is something that was bound to happen one way or another: Kinect-based online banking. Their solution includes analyzing user's face, voice, and gestures to help them through the process of banking online. Will such a solution sweep the nation, or will we still be too afraid to trust the computer to know our wrinkles and nose shape?

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Xbox 360 Kinect Star Wars arrives April 3

Xbox 360 Kinect Star Wars arrives April 3

The Xbox 360 Kinect Star Wars bundle will begin shipping April 3, Microsoft has confirmed, alongside the much-anticipated Kinect Star Wars game itself. Already available to pre-order, priced at $449, the console bundle features a white Kinect sensor along with a C-3PO-themed wireless controller and an R2-D2-finish Xbox 360.

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Why Microsoft’s Kinect Is the Next Big Thing In Gaming

Why Microsoft’s Kinect Is the Next Big Thing In Gaming

As I’ve said numerous times on these pages before, I’m deeply concerned by motion gaming. I think it’s holding the gaming business back and helps to make the space seem “gimmicky” -- something I thought we were trying to move away from.

My issues with motion gaming have prompted me to turn my back on the Wii. In fact, I haven’t even seen my Wii in well over a year, since it’s been sitting in my closet with the rest of the obsolete and boring consoles I’ve bought over the years.

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Kinect for Windows ships today; SDK v1.0 released

Kinect for Windows ships today; SDK v1.0 released

Microsoft's Kinect for Windows hardware has shipping from today, along with v1.0 of the Kinect Windows SDK and runtime, bringing motion-sensing from the Xbox 360 to the desktop. The sensor bar is priced at $249 - with an educational discount of $100 promised in the pipeline - while the software supports up to four bars plugged into a single computer and delivers "significantly improved skeletal tracking" than the earlier beta.

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Windows 8 Kinect leaks again: Power hungry but plenty of potential

Windows 8 Kinect leaks again: Power hungry but plenty of potential

Microsoft's experiments with Kinect-style motion tracking technology for Windows 8 laptops could streamline the login experience as well as be used for games, though battery concerns might initially see the camera system offered as a self-powered add-on rather than fully integrated. After prototypes were reportedly caught in the wild earlier this month, sources inside Microsoft tell The Daily that the company is indeed readying a motion control licensing push, though there are hurdles to be overcome before that can happen.

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Xbox 720 set for two versions, 2013 release, E3 reveal

Xbox 720 set for two versions, 2013 release, E3 reveal

Microsoft France has revealed that there are no plans to release a brand new Xbox inside 2012, saying that they're not "convinced" that the device we've been calling the Xbox 720 will be happening this year. This information comes from the marketing director for Microsoft in France Cedrick Delmas interviewing with Lepoint and brought to us by Eurogamer. Delmas notes that the proof of this notion comes in the lack of a price drop in the Xbox 360 thus far, he then noting that the life cycle for the Xbox 360 is far from over.

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Windows 8 Kinect notebook prototypes spotted

Windows 8 Kinect notebook prototypes spotted

Microsoft is testing prototypes of Kinect-enabled notebooks using motion-sensing as an interface for Windows 8, it's been revealed, ahead of what are believed to be plans to license the technology to laptop vendors. Specially modified ASUS netbooks are being used to demonstrate the system, which builds on Microsoft's freshly-announced Kinect for Windows hardwareThe Daily reports; the ultraportables replace the single webcam above the screen with a row of sensors that can track movement.

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