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Kinect PC support in near future tips Ballmer

Kinect PC support in near future tips Ballmer

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has reiterated the company's plans to add Kinect support to Windows, suggesting that the motion controller will gain some degree of integration with the PC platform "in a formal way in the right time." The news follows Bill Gates' comments last year, when he confirmed that both the Xbox and Windows teams had "latched onto" the motion-tracking camera system.

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Avatar Kinect, Hulu Plus & Netflix Kinect Functionality Unveiled at CES 2011

Avatar Kinect, Hulu Plus & Netflix Kinect Functionality Unveiled at CES 2011

For some, Microsoft's keynote, where CEO Steve Ballmer (and others) takes the stage and talks about what's to come from the Redmond-based company is the kick-off for the Consumer Electronics Show. This year, Microsoft took some time to talk about their recently released motion-controlled peripheral, Kinect, and the features that will be added into the accessory soon. For those who believe that Kinect's usage through the Xbox 360's system isn't as in-depth as they'd like, Microsoft is happy to add functionality to two main features, along with adding an entirely new way to interact with your friends on Xbox LIVE.

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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 becomes gesture remote for Boxee and XBMC media portal

Kinect becomes gesture remote for Boxee and XBMC media portal

I have to say that most of the Kinect hacks that I have seen have been cool, but had no real use for me or most other geeks that don’t hack just for fun. A new hack for the Kinect has surfaced dubbed KinEmote and this is one hack that would be useful to many people.

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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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Def Jam Rapstar gets support for Kinect

Def Jam Rapstar gets support for Kinect

If you aren’t familiar with Def Jam Rapstar the video game, it's easy enough to wrap your brain around what the game is. The video game is sort of like Rock Band for rap fans and it focuses on Hip-Hop and social networking for the players.

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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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Microsoft Kinect sells 2.5 million units in 25 days

Microsoft Kinect sells 2.5 million units in 25 days

A couple weeks back I mentioned that Microsoft had sold a million of the new Kinect devices in the first ten days it was on the market. Microsoft has now announced the numbers for sales of Kinect modules the first 25 days it has been on the market and sales have not slowed.

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Microsoft Kinect sells a million units in 10 days

Microsoft Kinect sells a million units in 10 days

Microsoft has been selling the Kinect for the Xbox 360 for about ten days now. The Kinect system is a control interface that talks the movement of the player and translates it to movement on the game without the player having to hold a controller.

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