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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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Alienware’s X51 puts Games Consoles on Notice

Alienware’s X51 puts Games Consoles on Notice

The Alienware X51 isn't the biggest gaming PC the Dell-owned company has ever unveiled, nor the fastest, but it's arguably the biggest challenge to traditional consoles to-date. Packing a full PC into a Xbox-scale chassis, the X51 promises to turn its hand to everything from the latest FPS, high-def multimedia playback and even mundane Office tasks. As the central hub for a smart home, that could be enough to edge it ahead of gaming heavyweights like the PS3 and Xbox 360.

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Mass Effect 3 Kinect voice control gets video demo

Mass Effect 3 Kinect voice control gets video demo

BioWare's Mass Effect 3 will use Microsoft's Kinect sensor bar not for motion- and gesture-control but for spoken voice commands that augment traditional gamepad play, speeding up the action by streamlining group tactics and flipping between weapons. Rather than pause the game, use the command wheel to decide non-player sidekick actions and then return to play, BioWare showed VentureBeat how commands like "carnage" can automatically trigger an attack on the opponents you've highlighted.

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Energy net-zero Eco-home is iPad and Kinect controlled

Energy net-zero Eco-home is iPad and Kinect controlled

A net-zero energy house concept could actually feed power into the grid using a bank of solar panels and innovative exterior insulation cladding, without sacrificing either style or geek-appeal. CHIP - or Compact Hyper-Insulated Prototype - is the handiwork of students from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and California Institute of Technology (Caltech), wrapping a thick thermal envelop around a house controlled by an iPad and a Kinect sensor bar.

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Kinect HD set-top box tipped for Xbox LIVE TV plans

Kinect HD set-top box tipped for Xbox LIVE TV plans

Microsoft's Xbox TV plans continue to trickle out, with talk of a Kinect-based set-top box for 2012 that would offer streaming multimedia content with a voice and motion controlled UI and sub-$200 price tag. Variously codenamed "Live Xbox", "Kinect Box" and "Kinect HD", the new STB will resemble a low-profile version of the existing Kinect, The Daily's sources suggest, with a larger base to accommodate power, HDMI and USB ports. Availability has been "pushed back" it's said, from an original early-2012 window, though it should arrive prior to the next-gen "Xbox 720."

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Board of Awesomeness couples Win8 tab, Kinect and deathwish

Board of Awesomeness couples Win8 tab, Kinect and deathwish

A prototype Windows 8 tablet, a Kinect sensor bar and an electric skateboard: not exactly your typical gaming setup nor, indeed, your average method of transportation, but actually the handiwork of Chaotic Moon. Dubbed the "Board of Awesomeness", the battery-powered 'board can move at up to 34mph, relying on a combination of video, speech and gesture recognition, localization data, accelerometer data, and other information to react to the rider.

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DIY Robot Avatar pets cat through Kinect and Wiimote power

DIY Robot Avatar pets cat through Kinect and Wiimote power

Take one Nao robot, a Kinect sensor bar, a couple of Wiimotes, a treadmill and a head-mounted display - oh, and a patient cat - and you can do what software engineer Taylor Veltrop has achieved: use a remote robotic avatar to pet your kitty. In a new video demo, Veltrop shows how he can remotely control the 21-inch tall robot, walk it around his kitchen, grab a brush and groom his cat.

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