Motion Sensing

Airpiano: No Longer Just A Cool Concept, Available For Order Now

Airpiano: No Longer Just A Cool Concept, Available For Order Now

Over two years ago, an interesting instrument of sorts jumped on our radar called the Airpiano. At the time it was an interesting concept by Omer Yosher presented at the Berlin Design Festival that allowed you to play music just by moving your hands around in the air over a motion-sensing board. Now, the concept has finally become a commercial reality, with the first limited trial batch ready for order and newer video demos after the cut.

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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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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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Microsoft’s First Kinect Prototype Cost $30,000

Microsoft’s First Kinect Prototype Cost $30,000

For Microsoft, who believe that the Xbox 360 still has plenty of years left in it, the Kinect motion-sensing peripheral that's due to release November 4th is a huge effort to get even more people involved with the console. Not wanting to just talk to hardcore gamers anymore, the peripheral is meant to bring the whole family into the living room, and sit around a nice game of Kinectimals. According to the New York Times, it cost Microsoft quite a pretty penny to get the first working prototype of the Kinect unit up and running.

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Microsoft Kinect’s First Official TV Ad Goes Live [Video]

Microsoft Kinect’s First Official TV Ad Goes Live [Video]

Now that we know the 17 Kinect-capable titles heading to the controller-free peripheral in 2010, and we know just how to set up our living rooms to get the best playing experience, it's time that we finally get our eyes on an official TV advertisement from Microsoft. While there's been other commercials out there, apparently they weren't the "official" kind. But, Microsoft has finally unveiled the first official TV ad for Kinect, showcasing the human side of it.

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Microsoft Kinect Team Shows You Optimal Settings for Set-Up [Video]

Microsoft Kinect Team Shows You Optimal Settings for Set-Up [Video]

There's no doubt that setting up to play Microsoft's upcoming motion sensing peripheral, Kinect, will be interesting. Microsoft has released a video that showcases the Kinect development team going over what they believe is the optimal setting and layout for you to truly experience, and enjoy your time with Kinect. And who better to get the information from then those who developed the system, right?

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Microsoft Kinect Will Outsell iPad at Launch, Says Kudo Tsunoda

Microsoft Kinect Will Outsell iPad at Launch, Says Kudo Tsunoda

When a company is launching a new product, especially a major one that they hope will be a smash hit, it's perfectly normal to see employees --especially the higher-ups-- start talking up sales, figures, and expectations. Sure, you can see exceptions to the rules some times, like when Sony Computer Entertainment's Vice President said that Move wouldn't have huge day ones sales (which, for the record, is today), it's usually more like what Kudo Tsunoda said in a recent interview with Gamasutra.

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Microsoft Kinect Can Support More Than Two Active Players

Microsoft Kinect Can Support More Than Two Active Players

Microsoft's motion-sensing peripheral, Kinect, is one of two major peripheral releases coming from two major companies in the video game industry. However, unlike its main competition (in the sense that they are releasing roughly at the same time), Microsoft's version doesn't use a controller that you hold in your hand to represent actions on the screen. No, in Microsoft's case, you are the controller. And since that became known, there's been plenty of people wondering several different things: can you play it sitting down? And, probably the loudest to date: how many players can play at the same time?

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