Motion Sensing

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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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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Sensics 3D SmartGoggles hands on

Sensics 3D SmartGoggles hands on

Sensics is showing off its new Android-based 3D SmartGoggles at CES, and we've tried it out. The 3D head-tracking, eye-tracking, "don't I look like a space marine"  headset is designed to give a total immersion experience in connected devices, playing with an external controller or the sensors built into the device itself. The screens, sensors and other electronics are all housed in the front unit, with a pair of headphones covering your ears and a large brace arcing over your head.

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Asus set to start shipping WAVI Xtion motion sensing device for PC in October

Asus set to start shipping WAVI Xtion motion sensing device for PC in October

The Microsoft Kinect for the Xbox 360 has found itself being used for all sorts of things outside of gaming on the Xbox 360 console. That has led other firms to try to get in on the motion control action using their own motion control systems and so far no one has managed to be successful. Asus is trying its hand at motion control for the PC with the WAVI Xtion that was first shown off back in January.

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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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