Motion Control

Kinect for Windows ships today; SDK v1.0 released

Kinect for Windows ships today; SDK v1.0 released

Microsoft's Kinect for Windows hardware has shipping from today, along with v1.0 of the Kinect Windows SDK and runtime, bringing motion-sensing from the Xbox 360 to the desktop. The sensor bar is priced at $249 - with an educational discount of $100 promised in the pipeline - while the software supports up to four bars plugged into a single computer and delivers "significantly improved skeletal tracking" than the earlier beta.

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Razer Hydra motion controllers for PC gamers debut

Razer Hydra motion controllers for PC gamers debut

We can thank the Nintendo Wii for bringing motion controllers to the masses. I still think that motion control was a bit gimmicky, even if it is fun. I think that the gaming masses have spoken though with sales of the Wii slipping significantly and the Xbox 360 selling in larger numbers. Still, some people want motion controls and if you are one of the gamers that do you can soon get your hands on a new motion controlled gaming setup from Razer called the Hydra.

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Kinect-style motion tracking for smartphones & tablets promises Crunchfish [Video]

Kinect-style motion tracking for smartphones & tablets promises Crunchfish [Video]

Kinect-style motion recognition on mobile devices like tablets and smartphones could arrive sooner - and cheaper - than expected, with software developers Crunchfish coming up with a system that can track 3D movements with a single front-facing camera. Working even in low-light conditions, the Crunchfish tech can track individual finger movement, together with click, drag and scroll without any contact with the device itself.

Video demo after the cut

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Nintendo Must Release the Wii 2 This Year

Nintendo Must Release the Wii 2 This Year

The video game market finds itself in a rather interesting place. Its consoles are still selling exceptionally well, some of the best games released in a long time hit store shelves in 2010, and yet, consumers, pundits, and analysts are wondering when Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo will be announcing new consoles.

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PrimeSense score new funding; Motion-sensing STBs, TVs & HTPCs incoming

PrimeSense score new funding; Motion-sensing STBs, TVs & HTPCs incoming

PrimeSense, the motion-tracking company behind Microsoft's Kinect and ASUS' WAVI Xtion is obviously doing something right, as the company has just secured a new round of funding. The exact nature of the deal hasn't been disclosed, but when we talked to PrimeSense the company confirmed it was "extremely focused" on the "living room experience - browsing your media centre on your television."

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Sony’s Move Sells Around 1.5 Million in Europe, Far Less in the US

Sony’s Move Sells Around 1.5 Million in Europe, Far Less in the US

Sony's Move, the motion sensing peripheral for the PlayStation 3 has been out for awhile now, and while it may not have seen big sales number for its first day out, it looks like the momentum is certainly building for the accessory. At least, that's what the numbers look like across the pond in Europe, as Andrew House, of Sony Europe, has come forward to say that Move sales in that region are looking very good.

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Sony Move Won’t See Big Day One Sales, According to Sony

Sony Move Won’t See Big Day One Sales, According to Sony

When you're launching a new product, it's usually a good idea to be generally excited about it. Or, if anything else, just have the high hopes that it's going to sell a bunch of the thing on day one, so you can sit back in your nice comfortable chair smiling smugly to yourself. Apparently to Sony Computer Entertainment's Vice President, Ray Maguire, that's just not what he wants to do. Instead, he has a rather bleak outlook on Move, and its day one sales.

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