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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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Microsoft next-gen Kinect sensor to support 1080p, USB 3.0, and 60ms latency

Microsoft next-gen Kinect sensor to support 1080p, USB 3.0, and 60ms latency

There's a lot of talk going on about Microsoft's next-generation gaming console, but we haven't heard a whole lot about the console's next-generation Kinect sensor add-on. According to a leak, the new Kinect will feature quite a bit of upgrades from the current sensor, including full HD streaming, and a quicker latency that's cut down by a third from the current Kinect sensor.

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Xbox 720 may be “always watching” with mandatory Kinect

Xbox 720 may be “always watching” with mandatory Kinect

One of the most terrifying prospects we've heard in the past few years surrounding a gaming console - or a computer of any type, for that matter, has been re-addressed this week with the Xbox 720. This machine has not yet been confirmed as even being in development by Microsoft as of yet, but another bag of tips has been revealed with specifications and features included with the device that may set your hair on end. The first and perhaps most important of these is the idea that the included Kinect camera need to be plugged in to the machine at all times - and that it'll be watching you constantly.

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EA and Visceral Games announce voice control for Dead Space 3 on Xbox 360 with Kinect

EA and Visceral Games announce voice control for Dead Space 3 on Xbox 360 with Kinect

Over the last several years, video games have been becoming more and more interactive with new and innovative controls. The Nintendo Wii spurred this change in video game controls when it introduced motion control to the gaming arsenal. When Microsoft unveiled the Kinect, game developers and publishers began adding even more motion controls and voice control as well.

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