Motion Control

NEC demos gesture-based interactive controls

NEC demos gesture-based interactive controls

NEC has today announced the research and development of a technology that would see users interacting with information via gestures and movement. The system comprises of a movable camera, projector, and displays, allowing the user to physically manipulate information and photos ala Minority Report. No traditional input devices like mice or keyboards are needed, with a demonstration showing photos being moved with just a single hand.

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Microsoft researching sound only gesture system

Microsoft researching sound only gesture system

The Kinect has made motion controls a reality for consoles, and we might soon be seeing similar technology make the jump to PCs and laptops. Rather than using a dedicated motion sensor bar, Microsoft Research is developing a technique called SoundWave that would detect motion and implement controls using only the microphone and speakers on a laptop.

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Freespace MotionEngine set to move smartphone users

Freespace MotionEngine set to move smartphone users

Hillcrest Labs has announced that its new Freespace MotionEngine is now available to smartphone manufacturers around the world. The most control system is available to manufacturers and component suppliers for smartphones and tablets. The system is embedded software that's able to manage and enhance sensors commonly found in smartphones and tablets today for motion based applications.

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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.

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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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