Microsoft Kinect

Microsoft releases Kinect for Windows 1.5

Microsoft releases Kinect for Windows 1.5

Kinect might be a great way to experience motion gaming on your Xbox 360, but the sensor accessory has a use on desktop PCs too, with a full blown SDK being offered by Microsoft to take advantage of the hardware. Now the company has updated the SDK to version 1.5, bringing with it some new features to let developers further utilize the motion tracking hardware in their applications.

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$99 Xbox 360 and Kinect with two-year subscription tipped

$99 Xbox 360 and Kinect with two-year subscription tipped

What if you took the classic cellphone business model and applied it to consoles? Did your mind just explode? Microsoft is certainly hoping it will. The Verge reports that Microsoft will be offering a $99 Xbox 360 and Kinect as part of a two-year subscription starting from next week. The $99 upfront cost would net you the hardware, and you would continue to pay a $15 monthly subscription over the course of two years.

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Multi touch table achieves 3D effect using Kinect

Multi touch table achieves 3D effect using Kinect

Interactive tables aren’t anything new, but what about one you could potentially build by yourself on the cheap? That’s what one internet dweller has done, using a 2D projector, kinect unit, and four infrared lasers. The table appears to have a 3D holographic display, but it’s a clever piece of trickery: the Kinect tracks the user’s head in relation to the table, and the projector adjusts the image as necessary to give the illusion of a 3D space.

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Kinect for Windows 1.5 teased with “seated” tracking

Kinect for Windows 1.5 teased with “seated” tracking

The folks at Microsoft are bringing the next generation of Kinect for Windows to the forefront this week with a version 1.5 of the software that works with it. This release comes amid a much wider availability for the platform as a whole with 19 new countries in the pipeline for this year. Kinect for Windows version 1.5 will be released at the end of May with such exciting features as "seated" or "10-joint" skeletal tracking, this expanding the abilities of the system further than ever before.

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ETRONIKA produce Kinect-based online banking

ETRONIKA produce Kinect-based online banking

As one of the relatively few companies across the earth to receive Kinect for Windows & SDK before the official announcement, you know good and well that Microsoft has some faith in the group known as ETRONIKA. And what they've produced here is something that was bound to happen one way or another: Kinect-based online banking. Their solution includes analyzing user's face, voice, and gestures to help them through the process of banking online. Will such a solution sweep the nation, or will we still be too afraid to trust the computer to know our wrinkles and nose shape?

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Kinect HD set-top box tipped for Xbox LIVE TV plans

Kinect HD set-top box tipped for Xbox LIVE TV plans

Microsoft's Xbox TV plans continue to trickle out, with talk of a Kinect-based set-top box for 2012 that would offer streaming multimedia content with a voice and motion controlled UI and sub-$200 price tag. Variously codenamed "Live Xbox", "Kinect Box" and "Kinect HD", the new STB will resemble a low-profile version of the existing Kinect, The Daily's sources suggest, with a larger base to accommodate power, HDMI and USB ports. Availability has been "pushed back" it's said, from an original early-2012 window, though it should arrive prior to the next-gen "Xbox 720."

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