Microsoft Kinect

Kinect joins the Windows 8 fun with developer support SDK

Kinect joins the Windows 8 fun with developer support SDK

This week the folks at Microsoft have decided to add Kinect for desktop support to the Windows 8 Desktop app support collection with a full software development kit. This kit will help developers work with the Windows 8-compatible Kinect-running app universe and includes a set of features never before available with the hardware. Company officials have made it clear that developers that've requested the updated kit should start receiving it today - of course you could simply head on over to the Developer Center and grab it now as well, if you wanted.

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Kinect takes center stage in new map making gadget

Kinect takes center stage in new map making gadget

We've seen amateur and professional developers alike do some really cool things with Microsoft's Kinect since the motion control peripheral launched in 2010. Interestingly enough, many of these cool things have nothing to do with video games, but that's another story for another time. The latest in a long line of cool gadgets that put Kinect in the spotlight is a new wearable device that has the ability to make maps in real time.

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Nissan embraces Microsoft Kinect for Windows to show off 2013 Pathfinder

Nissan embraces Microsoft Kinect for Windows to show off 2013 Pathfinder

For 2013, Nissan has completely redesigned the Pathfinder SUV. In previous years the Nissan Pathfinder was much boxier than most of the other offerings from Nissan, but for 2013 that will all change. The completely redesigned Pathfinder has a lot more curves and more closely resembles the Murano from Nissan than in previous years. The new SUV is set to hit dealer showrooms later this fall.

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Microsoft cuts Kinect price by $40 permanently

Microsoft cuts Kinect price by $40 permanently

If you weren't convinced by the Xbox 360 Essentials Pack revealed earlier today, Microsoft has another deal for you gamers out there - a $40 price cut on the Kinect. This piece of hardware is the sensor that allows your body to become the controller, connected here to the Xbox 360 with a "permanent price drop" on the books now per Microsoft's own Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb. This makes the unit a $109.99 peripheral and still requires that you purchase an Xbox 360 unit besides - unless you've already got one, of course.

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How Big of A Role Will Kinect Play in the Xbox 720?

How Big of A Role Will Kinect Play in the Xbox 720?

When Microsoft announced the Kinect, the motion-gaming peripheral that requires no controller to work, it was celebrated by the mainstream and hardcore alike for its unique functionality.

Since then, Microsoft has delivered enhanced features, but for the vast majority of gamers, it has become a bit of a novelty. Sure, it’s a neat way to command the Xbox or shout some orders in games, but beyond that, it delivers little value to the average person trying to sit down, relax, and enjoy a title.

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Fifa 13 Kinect will be influenced by swearing

Fifa 13 Kinect will be influenced by swearing

The Kinect has seen some interesting uses from various games, with some trying to incorporate the motion controls directly into gameplay, while others use it as a learning tool, but Fifa 13 may take things one step further. According to The Telegraph, Fifa 13 will listen in on the player and pick up any swearing or bad language using the Kinect’s microphone. The game will then let that influence the referee in the football game, which could lead to harsher judgements.

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Kinect Sesame Street, Nat Geo, and Nike+ Training priced and dated

Kinect Sesame Street, Nat Geo, and Nike+ Training priced and dated

Three new Kinect titles for the Xbox 360 have been given pricing and dates today: Kinect Sesame Street TV, Kinect Nat Geo TV, and Nike+ Kinect Training. The first two titles are designed to be two-way interactive learnings experiences, allowing children to “ jump inside” their favorite television programs. Both titles can be expanded as well, allowing parents to buy additional content for the games from the Xbox Marketplace as part of packs or individual episodes.

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Microsoft patent app hints at mood sensing ads

Microsoft patent app hints at mood sensing ads

A new patent application for Microsoft has surfaced that hints at an advertising system they can sense your mood using the camera in the Xbox 360 Kinect. The idea is that the camera in the Kinect can be used to capture a person's reaction to viewing an advertisement. That reaction data could then be analyzed to help tweak ads to be more appealing to viewers.

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