Microsoft Kinect

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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Let’s Stop Pretending the Kinect Is A Gaming Device

Let’s Stop Pretending the Kinect Is A Gaming Device

When I look around the technology space, I can’t think of any single product that is so poorly associated with another device than Microsoft’s Kinect. The sensor, which is supposedly designed with gamers in mind, actually delivers very little value to gamers nowadays. In fact, the Kinect is designed for computers and entertainment – gaming is an afterthought.

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Xbox Kinect “not just an accessory” anymore

Xbox Kinect “not just an accessory” anymore

While many gamers have been focusing on the various fiascos surrounding the Xbox One's used game policy and such (for which Microsoft pulled a 180), one thing that a lot of people have overlooked is the intense focus that Microsoft is putting on its Kinect sensor with the new console. While it can be considered an accessory of sorts for the Xbox 360, the Xbox One Kinect takes things to a whole new level.

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Xbox One Kinect privacy concerns addressed by lawmakers with new bill

Xbox One Kinect privacy concerns addressed by lawmakers with new bill

Ever since Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One and the new Kinect sensor, privacy advocates have been up in arms about how the Kinect watches and listens to its users at all times in order to be at the ready when a voice command or hand gesture is initiated. Lawmakers are also joining in, proposing a new bill that wouldn't ban this kind of technology, but require an opt-in option.

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Xbox One privacy concerns assuaged by Microsoft in “always on” explanation

Xbox One privacy concerns assuaged by Microsoft in “always on” explanation

Microsoft wasn't terribly clear on certain aspects of the Xbox One upon its unveiling, and one area that raised concerns was a claim that the device was "always on," serving as a type of spy in your living room listening to your conversations and peeking at your activities. Microsoft made a couple attempts to clear up some of these concerns last month, but today has detailed privacy specifics that gamers can expect from their next-gen console.

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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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