Microsoft Kinect

Should Kinect Play A Role In the Xbox 720?

Should Kinect Play A Role In the Xbox 720?

When the Nintendo Wii launched, the future of motion gaming was in doubt. Some speculated that the console would die as soon as it launched, since they suspected gamers wouldn’t want to jump around to play titles. Others said that motion gaming was the future.

Now, several years later, it’s clear motion gaming did work, and looking ahead, it will seemingly play a key role in all Nintendo products.

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Xbox LIVE TV and NUads for Kinect could save TV advertising

Xbox LIVE TV and NUads for Kinect could save TV advertising

Microsoft's NUads system for Kinect - combining interactive content with adverts - failed to cause waves when the company announced it earlier this week, perhaps because (unless you're Apple) it's a tough sell to make advertising sexy. Intended to encourage Xbox 360 users to actually pay attention to promos rather than tuning out until the real content arrives, NUads reacts to spoken and physical commands tracked by the Kinect sensor bar, pulling up more information on products, setting scheduling reminders for upcoming shows, and tweeting out anything that has particularly caught your eye. With a little work, though, it could be the entertainment industry's salvation.

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Kinect for Windows SDK beta launch imminent

Kinect for Windows SDK beta launch imminent

Microsoft's Kinect for Windows SDK will be released in beta form this week, according to Microsoft Spain president María Garaña, the toolkit allowing developers to use the motion-tracking hardware with PCs rather than the Xbox 360. Among the initially supported features, WinRumors reports, will be skeletal tracking for one or two people along with use of the four-microphone array.

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Nyko Zoom play range reduction lens for Kinect is great for smaller rooms

Nyko Zoom play range reduction lens for Kinect is great for smaller rooms

Last Christmas my kids really wanted to get the Kinect for the Xbox 360 and that Kinectimals game. I realized right away that the way the room was arranged where we kept the gaming system there wasn’t enough room for us to get back far enough from the TV for the Kinect to work ideally without rearranging furniture. That meant the Kinect wasn’t very accurate and just didn’t work so it has sat unused all these months.

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E3 2011: UFC Live Xbox Details Emerge

E3 2011: UFC Live Xbox Details Emerge

E3 2011 started off great today with Microsoft blowing things wide open with all sorts of news and exciting things to come. Click the E3 2011 at the beginning of this post for more coverage. One of the details that dropped today that I am happy to hear and report about is what they called "UFC LIVE". Yes the President of the UFC Dana White took the stage at E3 today to talk about UFC LIVE. Now with Kinect support and a partnership with Microsoft that will allow users all the UFC content their hearts desire.

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Microsoft E3 leak: Halo 4 confirmed; Kinect Fun Labs games detailed [Video]

Microsoft E3 leak: Halo 4 confirmed; Kinect Fun Labs games detailed [Video]

Microsoft's E3 2011 announcements have been prematurely revealed, and the company only has itself to blame. The Xbox E3 page spilled the details for a few short moments, but enough for us to grab some screenshots: not only is Halo 4 confirmed as on its way, along with Dance Central 2, Kinect Star Wars and other titles, but new Kinect Fun Labs games too. More details and shots after the cut.

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Flapping Toasters – Kinect, Meet 1989

Flapping Toasters – Kinect, Meet 1989

Clever hackers put together an interactive piece of art that is reminiscent of the old Flying Toasters screensaver. The artists call it a kitschy "absurdist reconstruction of the classic screensaver Flying Toasters." Become one with the winged toaster, flap your arms to flap the wings and tilt to flip your tiny silver box to roll away from danger. First off, this looks really fun. Secondly, they're already talking about turning it into a game. This is an early look into something that's going to be super fun.

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Windows 8 facial-recognition login API spotted [Updated]

Windows 8 facial-recognition login API spotted [Updated]

Microsoft's next-gen OS, Windows 8, will be user-aware according to the latest APIs discovered, suggesting the platform could well be able to track and identify users when they sit at their PCs. Windows8Italia spotted the "Detect human presence" API in among their M1 copy of Windows 8; Microsoft has used a similar system on the Xbox 360 with Kinect, to log users into Xbox LIVE services using face recognition.

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