Kinect

New Kinect for Windows borrows Xbox One’s updated sensor

New Kinect for Windows borrows Xbox One’s updated sensor

The Xbox One introduced a new generation of Kinect motion-sensing earlier this week - now it's time for Microsoft to show how the Kinect for Windows sensor will be evolving as well. This update brings on the Xbox One's Kinect sensor in a package that'll have Windows machines making full use of a sharper HD color camera, noise-isolating microphone array, and a wider field of view than in past Kinect units.

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Disney Research Aireal adds real force-feedback to Kinect gaming

Disney Research Aireal adds real force-feedback to Kinect gaming

Next-gen gaming won't be truly immersive until it blows, Disney Research believes, and it has the Kinect accessory to fix that tactile omission. Aireal uses a focused blast of air, fired from a compact cannon designed to sit alongside a sensor-bar like Kinect, to make action on the screen feel all the more realistic; shown off at SIGGRAPH in July, the cannon can track a player around and synchronize with the gameplay.

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Xbox One Kinect includes “no listening” modes for living room privacy

Xbox One Kinect includes “no listening” modes for living room privacy

Microsoft has attempted to reassure privacy-perplexed gamers that the new Xbox One will not be a permanent spy camera in their living room, promising that the updated Kinect sensor will support "completely secure" shut-down modes. Kinect will be a standard part of the new Xbox One package, with the new motion-tracking bar even more accurate and perceptive than before, capable even of tracking a gamer's heart rate with no physical contact.

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Xbox One requires Kinect to function

Xbox One requires Kinect to function

This week as the Xbox One is introduced to the world, the company opposing Sony and their PlayStation 4 have taken an entirely different approach to its first reveal: console, Kinect, and controller included. If you decided that you weren't about to connect a motion-tracking device to your gaming console no matter what the trends in the industry, Microsoft and the Xbox One might have you thinking twice. In a close-up chat with an Xbox UK marketing director it's been revealed that the Xbox requires that its new Kinect device be attached at all times.

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Xbox One introduces Skype video chat with Kinect

Xbox One introduces Skype video chat with Kinect

This week the folks at Microsoft have let it be known that their next-generation console will be going by the name Xbox One, and with it will be coming Skype video chat for the living room. This gaming device is named "Xbox One" because Microsoft intends it to be an all-in-one home entertainment device, with Skype leading the way with group video calls through Kinect.

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Obake stretchy touchscreen concept lets you pinch, prod and pummel data

Obake stretchy touchscreen concept lets you pinch, prod and pummel data

A 3D touchscreen display prototype that can be pinched, pulled, and pushed around might represent the future of digital interaction, allowing immersive data to be physically manipulated. The concept, Obake, is named after Japanese shapeshifting folklore and the handiwork of an MIT Media Lab team led by Dhairya Dand, combining a flexible rubber surface, a Kinect sensor for motion tracking, and a projector for creating a dynamic image your fingers can dig into.

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New Kinect for Windows SDK now available

New Kinect for Windows SDK now available

When Microsoft launched the Kinect for the Xbox 360 the device proved to be very popular. Not only did it allow users to control video games with their body, but it also turned out to be a device that was infinitely hackable allowing users to take advantage of its sensors for various tasks. Early on some hackers made the Kinect do all sorts of things, including connecting it to a Windows computer for gesture control.

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Xbox 720 demands installed games and always-on activation leak suggests

Xbox 720 demands installed games and always-on activation leak suggests

Microsoft may force gamers of its next-gen Xbox "720" to install all games to the internal drive rather than run them from disc, with the new console - codenamed "Durango" - also insisting on a permanent online connection. New documentation purportedly from the Durango XDK (Xbox Development Kit) and shared by Vgleaks suggests Microsoft is changing the way the next Xbox will load and handle optical media; although the console will have a Blu-ray drive, the help files confirm, it will only be used for installation.

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Kinect for Windows implementing hand gestures and 3D mapping

Kinect for Windows implementing hand gestures and 3D mapping

Some great things are in store for Kinect for Windows. Microsoft is very close to releasing a hand-gesture recognition feature in its Kinect software that will allow its users to manipulate their PC much more efficiently. The new development allows the Kinect to accurately detect and follow your hand movements, and will bring new functionality to developers who want to implement hand gestures in their apps or their games.

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