Microsoft Kinect

RoomAlive augments IllumiRoom: totally interactive rooms

RoomAlive augments IllumiRoom: totally interactive rooms

While some, like Oculus and now Samsung, want to immerse you in virtual worlds by constraining your eyes to a single point and faking the world, others are taking immersion from the other end. RoomAlive can turn any regular room into a completely interactive environment for games and other content, using only off the shelf components and some specialized software.

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Kinect for Windows v2 shipping July 15

Kinect for Windows v2 shipping July 15

Don't want to buy an Xbox One but want to use the second generation Kinect for your Windows PC? Look no further and wait no longer. Microsoft has just updated their pre-order page for Kinect for Windows v2, showing that the highly popular sensor will be heading out to buyers starting July 15

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Kinect Sports Rivals flops, Rare lays off workers

Kinect Sports Rivals flops, Rare lays off workers

If you have a game that’s so extremely important to the future of your developer group that it’ll make or break said group, you might be Rare. This week it’s being suggested that in light of the less-than-stellar sales of Kinect Sports Rivals, its developers are having to change their game plan.

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Xbox One without Kinect release set for June 9th

Xbox One without Kinect release set for June 9th

It would appear that Microsoft is preparing to take on the gaming market with the Xbox One without their motion-detecting Kinect. This is a bit of a surprise move, as previous to today it was generally accepted as hard-and-fast fact that the Kinect would always be delivered with the console. With this package, the console will cost a cool $399.

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Kinect Champion Scan: Xbox One’s first killer Kinect experience

Kinect Champion Scan: Xbox One’s first killer Kinect experience

In what we’re considering the first "wow" moment in Xbox One’s Kinect environment, Kinect Sports Rivals arrives this week to scan you in. In this game you, the user, are asked to be scanned by the machine, creating a real sports "Champion" in your own image. The level of accuracy we’re seeing here is astounding.

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Kinect Sports Rivals Review

Kinect Sports Rivals Review

Kinect Sports Rivals takes Kinect seriously, in a way that no game for the Xbox One yet has. It’s absurd that the Xbox One’s Kinect hadn’t been utilized to the extent that Sports Rivals makes use of it now. Here the developers at Rare and the teams responsible for this game at Microsoft Studios give the platform a good kick in the pants.

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Kinect in focus: Xbox’s app chief talks Smart Homes & Cortana

Kinect in focus: Xbox’s app chief talks Smart Homes & Cortana

When you have a product like Kinect, so closely associated with gaming, how do you convince everybody else that they should be installing a motion-tracking camera in the home? Microsoft is looking to smart home technology and health, among other things, to do just that with Kinect for Windows v2, though a stealthy spread through Cortana and smartphones may be just as vital. We caught up with Microsoft’s Michael Mott, general manager of Xbox applications and developer relations, to find out how virtual assistants and home automation could make Kinect-tech the next must-have.

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Kinect v2 for Windows detailed: 1080p, broader field-of-view

Kinect v2 for Windows detailed: 1080p, broader field-of-view

At BUILD 2014, Microsoft has laid the groundwork for some future products and services, most of which are coming relatively soon. One that may not be hitting us in the next month or two is the next version of Kinect. The new Kinect will bring many new features to the fold, and could signal a new way we’ll interact with our PCs.

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Microsoft teases Kinect for Windows v2 hardware

Microsoft teases Kinect for Windows v2 hardware

After shipping out its Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview kits in December last year, Microsoft has finally revealed the final hardware design of Kinect for Windows v2. The hardware resembles the Kinect for Xbox One but the underlying difference is that this new box has the words “Kinect” printed on the top panel. In place of the Xbox Nexus styled green “x” we find a simple power indicator.

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Kinect Sports Rivals Xbox One Release tapped with first trailer

Kinect Sports Rivals Xbox One Release tapped with first trailer

While we've yet to get up close and personal with gameplay as such, Microsoft has laid out their plan for Kinect Sports Rivals for the Xbox One this week. What we're about to see is a release on April 8th, 2014 inside North America as well as throughout Australia and New Zealand for this title, while greater Europe will see release on April 11th.

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Kanye and Kinect: Yeezus tour utilization and live motion capture

Kanye and Kinect: Yeezus tour utilization and live motion capture

For those of you lucky enough to have caught Kanye West’s Yeezus tour as it came down upon the earth over the past few months, you’ll have witnessed the world’s first live concert utilization of Microsoft’s Kinect. The piece of the concert in question here was when West sang Black Skinhead, heading to the front of his architectural wonder to a piece of the stage that bounced. Up in front of this piece of the stage was a Kinect.

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Microsoft’s next move: touchscreen ALL the surfaces

Microsoft’s next move: touchscreen ALL the surfaces

If you expected Microsoft to sit down and stop expanding their touchscreen-happy software environment now that it's clear Windows 8's aim at touchscreen laptops wasn't the mega-success they'd hoped it would be, you'd have been wrong. There's a group called Ubi Interactive out there this week which Microsoft has announced is taking orders on software to turn any surface (essentially any surface) into a touchscreen controller.

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