Motion Sensing

Moen MotionSense Touch-Free Faucet hands-on

Moen MotionSense Touch-Free Faucet hands-on

This week we got the opportunity to take a peek at the newest Moen water distribution system for your sink, the MotionSense Touch-Free faucet. Moen's own Maribeth Kwasniewski showed this system off with us at ShowStoppers during CES 2013, revealing the multiple ways you're able to activate it when you get it for yourself in the very near future. The first of these is the Wave Sensor - that black dot at the top of the neck of the faucet, able to toggle the water's flow when you move your hand over or across it.

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Leap Motion sees 26,000-strong developer interest: Ships February 2013

Leap Motion sees 26,000-strong developer interest: Ships February 2013

Leap Motion, the startup looking to bring motion-tracking 200x more accurate than Kinect to desktop and mobile, has revealed the gush of developer interest in the gadget, with early units expected to ship within months. Over 26,000 curious developers have applied for free Leap Motion units by last week, the company says, with prospective applications including gaming, robotics, and CAD software. "We've already seen developers propose exciting applications for the Leap that we hadn't even imagined" CEO Michael Buckwald said of the process.

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Kuratas mech brings us one million dollar step closer to Gundam

Kuratas mech brings us one million dollar step closer to Gundam

You remember Suidobashi Heavy Industries, don’t you? The company previously created a 12.5ft tall mech prototype, that was partially controlled using Microsoft’s Kinect sensor. It wasn’t quite ready back in April, but the company showed off a completed version of the Kuratas recently in Japan. On top of that, Suidobashi has created a video detailing how to use the Kuratas, which you’ll be able to purchase down the line for a cool $1.3 million.

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Motion control could save Windows 8

Motion control could save Windows 8

You don't have to be a Minority Report fan to appreciate Leap Motion's new tracking sensor technology: there's something tremendously appealing about being able to wave your hands at your computer and conduct the digital world. Motion control has already proved itself more than just a gimmick in gaming, and now it has a chance to not only do that in mainstream computing, but perhaps rescue Microsoft from one of its more contentious Windows decisions. Play it right, and Leap Motion - and others with it - could kill touch in traditional computing before its even had a chance to get started.

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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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Leap Motion takes on Kinect: cheaper and more accurate

Leap Motion takes on Kinect: cheaper and more accurate

Leap Motion has revealed a $70 motion-tracking gadget promising 200-times more accuracy than rivals, and giving Microsoft's Kinect PC plans some serious competition in the process. Smaller than a smartphone, the Leap hooks up to your PC via USB and creates a four cubic foot area above your desk where each individual finger movement can be tracked to within 1/100th of a millimeter. The company suggests it's suitable for everything from Windows 8 navigation, through virtually signing documents or sketching, gaming, and interacting with complex 3D graphics.

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KARA demonstration for PlayStation 3 shows Avatar+ technology

KARA demonstration for PlayStation 3 shows Avatar+ technology

The next generation of video games is here according to Quantic Dream's "Kara" short movie in which a woman's every move is captured with a series of sensors. This video was shown this week at a convention in which the creator of the hit game "Heavy Rain," and demonstrates not only the processing power already intact on the PlayStation 3, but the futuristic live-action capture method being used now by the development team. This method is being touted as more advanced than Avatar, the most successful movie of all time, and that team's method for capturing with camera cranes.

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