Kinect

Avatar Kinect for Xbox LIVE tipped for Microsoft CES 2011 reveal

Avatar Kinect for Xbox LIVE tipped for Microsoft CES 2011 reveal

Further details about Microsoft's CES 2011 announcements have leaked, with a new Xbox 360 social communication system called Avatar Kinect expected to make its debut this week. First spotted by Glimpsedog as a leaked snapshot of Microsoft's keynote run-through, according to WinRumors Avatar Kinect uses the motion-gaming peripheral to control gamers' Xbox LIVE avatars as they interact with each other.

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Kinect UI gets usability breakdown: plenty of weaknesses

Kinect UI gets usability breakdown: plenty of weaknesses

With plenty of households now getting to grips with a new Kinect to hook up to their Xbox 360 consoles after the holidays, it's fair to say there are a lot of odd gestures going on in living rooms across the world. Just how odd is something usability expert Jakob Nielsen has been looking at; he reckons that while Kinect is "fun to play" it's also inconsistent, full of awkward dialogs and poorly-communicated warnings, and relies too greatly on gamers memorizing instructions.

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Kinect Sign-Language hack is work-in-progress [Video]

Kinect Sign-Language hack is work-in-progress [Video]

Sign language recognition support was one of the surprising potential use-cases for the Kinect beyond simple motion gaming in the run up to the peripheral's release, and a team of researchers at Georgia Tech College of Computing are hard at work making it a reality. They're looking to use Kinect in their ongoing CopyCat project, a video game intended to teach young people American Sign Language (ASL).

Video demo after the cut

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Microsoft firm on Kinect sex game ban

Microsoft firm on Kinect sex game ban

Microsoft has put the dampeners on the possibility of Kinect sex games, insisting that "adults only" titles that used the motion-tracking peripheral for erotic purposes would neither be certified nor condoned on the Xbox 360 platform. The somewhat puritanical stance follows Austrian developer ThriXXX's demonstration of a 3D adult game making use of the Kinect, which allowed a gamer's hand to be tracked and mapped onto the body of a scantily-clad on-screen avatar.

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Kinect update could increase resolution

Kinect update could increase resolution

The Kinect for the Xbox 360 has turned out to be one very hackable device and the thing has turned up for many more uses than I expected. We know that right now the resolution of the cameras inside the device is set at 320 x 240. Apparently the gear inside is capable of a resolution of 640 x 480.

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Kinect Quadrocopter is your autonomous AR.Drone [Video]

Kinect Quadrocopter is your autonomous AR.Drone [Video]

Parrot's AR.Drone - which we reviewed over the weekend - is clever, but it still requires a meat pilot; strap on a Kinect sensor bar, meanwhile, and a quadrocopter is capable of going it alone. The autonomous 'copter is the handiwork of the Hybrid Systems lab at the University of California at Berkeley, with the Kinect feeding positioning data to an onboard 1.6GHz Atom Ubuntu computer.

Video demo after the cut

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Why I Won’t be Getting a Kinect at Launch

Why I Won’t be Getting a Kinect at Launch

If you’ve been following my column on SlashGear, you know that I’m a pretty serious gamer. In fact, I’d say that I’m about as hardcore as they come. Aside from the fact that I’ve been playing games for longer than I choose to remember, I have real and abiding love for everything from role-playing games to sports games. There hasn’t been a single genre that I haven’t at one time or another loved.

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Microsoft’s First Kinect Prototype Cost $30,000

Microsoft’s First Kinect Prototype Cost $30,000

For Microsoft, who believe that the Xbox 360 still has plenty of years left in it, the Kinect motion-sensing peripheral that's due to release November 4th is a huge effort to get even more people involved with the console. Not wanting to just talk to hardcore gamers anymore, the peripheral is meant to bring the whole family into the living room, and sit around a nice game of Kinectimals. According to the New York Times, it cost Microsoft quite a pretty penny to get the first working prototype of the Kinect unit up and running.

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