Kinect

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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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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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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