Kinect

Would A Kinect-Equipped Television Be A Hit?

Would A Kinect-Equipped Television Be A Hit?

As of late, we’ve been hearing a lot about a possible Apple television. The latest rumors suggest the set will launch late next year or in early 2013, and could offer access to apps and iCloud, among several other features. As I noted on these pages recently, I’m excited by the prospect of an Apple television, and I can say without any doubt that I will be first in line to buy the set if and when it launches.

But what if Apple isn’t the only company thinking seriously about getting into the television space? What if Microsoft, armed with its Kinect motion peripheral, tries its luck at taking on Vizio, Samsung, and all other vendors in the TV space?

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Twin Xbox 720 tipped: STB and hardcore gaming machine

Twin Xbox 720 tipped: STB and hardcore gaming machine

Microsoft is readying two next-gen Xbox console variants, insiders suggest, one targeting the entry-level market as a stripped-down option, while a second delivers true hardcore gaming. The strategy would be a broader progression of Microsoft's current dual-SKU Xbox 360 offering, Digital Foundry's sources claim, where both cheaper and more expensive versions of the 360 are on offer, though the difference between the next-gen models would be considerably more extensive.

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Microsoft may license Kinect to TV manufacturers

Microsoft may license Kinect to TV manufacturers

Next-gen television sets may have integrated Kinect motion-sensing technology. According to The Daily, sources familiar with the situation claim that Microsoft is considering licensing the technology to TV manufacturers. Specifically, the software giant is already in the early stages of licensing Kinect to manufacturers such as Vizio and Sony.

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Microsoft to release Kinect hardware for Windows

Microsoft to release Kinect hardware for Windows

Microsoft's Kinect voice and motion control capabilities will soon expand beyond the Xbox 360 gaming console. The software giant has revealed plans to release new Kinect hardware designed specifically for Windows. This new device would sport hardware components optimized for PC scenarios and will be made available by early 2012.

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Microsoft to offer SDK for Kinect commercial apps for businesses

Microsoft to offer SDK for Kinect commercial apps for businesses

Microsoft has announced today that it has new plans for its Kinect control system that has nothing to do with gaming. Microsoft will be providing a SDK that is designed to allow the development of Kinect for commercial applications. The Kinect for Windows SDK has been around for a while, but that was aimed at allowing the use of the Kinect motion controller for research and geeky tinkering.

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Xbox 360 TV expanded experience made official

Xbox 360 TV expanded experience made official

The folks at Microsoft have announced plans today to expand their Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE functionality to include a slew of new services, partners, and functionality. More than 20 countries are involved in the rolling out of this expansion, partners ranging from HBO to Verizon to the BBC to Televisa, everyone's in on it! There's a unified dashboard for Xbox LIVE, Comcast Xfinity integration, 26 new channels of live TV in the USA, further Bing search integration with voice-powered search, "more entertainment options" including Zone marketplace expansion with Xbox LIVE and Kinect, a handful of new apps, sharing, and music discovery. Is it time everyone jumped aboard this Xbox 360 as entertainment station train? Quite possibly yes!

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Build-A-Bear Workshop shows off new Kinect enabled bears

Build-A-Bear Workshop shows off new Kinect enabled bears

I have quite the love/hate relationship with Build-A-Bear Workshop. That place is 6-year-old girl nirvana so each time we go to the mall I have to keep the place well out of the line of site for my daughter. The little bears are cute, but the bill adds up quickly because apparently bears can't be purchased without the proper ensemble and accessories to go with it. Build-a-Bear Workshop and Microsoft are working together to promote the new Kinectimals Now with Bears game.

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Kinect sales miss Japanese targets

Kinect sales miss Japanese targets

A Microsoft exec has admitted that Kinect sales have proved disappointing in Japan, with the Xbox 360 still failing to grab market share as expected. Xbox Japan chief Takashi Sensui confirmed that sales of the motion-tracking peripheral "haven't met our initial expectations in Japan," MarketWatch reports, with the gadget "still not widely recognized." The confession follows an admission earlier this week that Windows Phone sales were also unsatisfactory.

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Nyko Zoom lets you play Kinect in smaller spaces

Nyko Zoom lets you play Kinect in smaller spaces

Game peripherals maker Nyko launched a new device today called the Zoom that's meant to be an add-on to Microsoft's Kinect. Anyone who's played a Kinect game, knows that it requires a large space, which not everyone has. But not to worry for those of you living in dorms or inhabiting other confined spaces, the Nyko Zoom reduces the space requirement by 40 percent.

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