Kinect

Apple 3D display & Kinect-style tracking system still in labs

Apple 3D display & Kinect-style tracking system still in labs

A newly filed Apple patent application suggests the company is still working on a Kinect-style 3D motion tracking system, that could create a virtual desktop responding to a user's hand and finger movements rather than keyboard and mouse actions. The application, Three-dimensional imaging and display system, describes a system where "user input is optically detected in an imaging volume": in short, both of a user's hands are tracked in the space around an Apple computer, and on-screen or projected virtual controls - such as dials, buttons or pens - can be manipulated as if touching them in real life.

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Kinect 2 rumor points to lip reading accuracy

Kinect 2 rumor points to lip reading accuracy

The Microsoft Kinect for the Xbox 360 turned out to be a really cool device that was useful form a lot more than the gaming controller it was meant to be. With rumors of a new Xbox 720 game console swirling it would make sense that some rumors of a new Kinect would be making waves as well. According to the latest set of rumors tipped to Eurogamer, the Kinect 2 is in the works.

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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 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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