Motion Control

Apple reportedly buys Kinect tech-creator PrimeSense

Apple reportedly buys Kinect tech-creator PrimeSense

Apple has reportedly acquired PrimeSense, the motion-tracking company responsible for the technology in the original Xbox 360 Kinect, in a deal said to be worth around $345m. Whispers of the possible purchase, today reported by Israeli news site Calcalist, began back in July though were described as being in the early stages, and PrimeSense unofficially dismissed the speculation along with chatter rumors of a $280m price tag.

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Elliptic Labs gesture control could be Kinect for your phone by 2014

Elliptic Labs gesture control could be Kinect for your phone by 2014

Motion-tracking technology that allows you to control your smartphone from several feet away, even when it's away on a nearby table, could show up in handsets as soon as next year. Elliptic Labs gesture control system uses tiny ultrasonic sensors to grant 180-degree awareness to phones and tablets, picking up hand movement from up to three feet away, whether it's in front of the device or off to the side. Now, the company says, it's finally almost time for the sensor tech to show up in production hardware.

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Google buys Flutter “Kinect for OS X” motion-tracking developer

Google buys Flutter “Kinect for OS X” motion-tracking developer

Google has acquired Flutter, the gesture-recognition specialist dubbed "Kinect for OS X", with development of the hand tracking system headed in-house at the search giant. Flutter, which offers a Mac app that turns the webcam into a remote control system for navigating media players like iTunes, Spotify, and VLC, has cooked up its own machine-vision algorithms, which Google could use for future Chromebooks, Android devices, or even baked into the browser.

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HP ENVY17 Leap Motion SE first to market with embedded micro sensor

HP ENVY17 Leap Motion SE first to market with embedded micro sensor

This week the folks at Leap Motion have made clear their intention to dive ever-deeper into the world of high-powered electronics, hitting a real-deal HP notebook here for starters. This is the first of what may be a series of HP/Leap Motion connections, given their announcement of co-development earlier this year. This is the HP ENVY17 Leap Motion Special Edition notebook, complete with Leap Motion's own 3D motion control technology embedded into the very hardware.

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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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Nikon teams with MRMC robotic head for futuristic photography at Wimbledon

Nikon teams with MRMC robotic head for futuristic photography at Wimbledon

This week the folks at Nikon have revealed a next-generation photography solution the likes of which have only thus been made possible in a test-run at Wimbledon 2013. This combination of efforts from Nikon and Mark Roberts Motion Control (MRMC) have made a robotics solution for photos shot at angles never before captured at this sporting event. With "difficult angles" and "impossible locations" accessed here, important events will from here on out be able to be seen from a whole new perspective.

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Motion Tennis uses AirPlay to turn iPhone and Apple TV into Wii rival

Motion Tennis uses AirPlay to turn iPhone and Apple TV into Wii rival

Apple may not have turned the Apple TV into a console yet, but that hasn't stopped one game developer from trying it, with Motion Tennis turning the iPhone into a Wii style motion-controller for the set-top box. The game relies on AirPlay Mirroring, more commonly associated with screen sharing, but used by Rolocule Games to translate gyroscope and accelerometer data from how the iPhone is swung into Wiimote-like motion information to control the virtual players on-screen.

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Xbox One requires Kinect to function

Xbox One requires Kinect to function

This week as the Xbox One is introduced to the world, the company opposing Sony and their PlayStation 4 have taken an entirely different approach to its first reveal: console, Kinect, and controller included. If you decided that you weren't about to connect a motion-tracking device to your gaming console no matter what the trends in the industry, Microsoft and the Xbox One might have you thinking twice. In a close-up chat with an Xbox UK marketing director it's been revealed that the Xbox requires that its new Kinect device be attached at all times.

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Leap Motion delayed as Best Buy takes the blame

Leap Motion delayed as Best Buy takes the blame

This week the pre-order ship date for the Leap Motion 3D controller device has been moved due in part to a mistake made with Best Buy orders. This date change will not affect the way the device functions, but will change when the device is sent to those that have already pre-ordered the device. The date at which Leap Motion will be leaving the factory is now is in mid-to-late July.

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