motion tracking

Kinect in focus: Xbox’s app chief talks Smart Homes & Cortana

Kinect in focus: Xbox’s app chief talks Smart Homes & Cortana

When you have a product like Kinect, so closely associated with gaming, how do you convince everybody else that they should be installing a motion-tracking camera in the home? Microsoft is looking to smart home technology and health, among other things, to do just that with Kinect for Windows v2, though a stealthy spread through Cortana and smartphones may be just as vital. We caught up with Microsoft’s Michael Mott, general manager of Xbox applications and developer relations, to find out how virtual assistants and home automation could make Kinect-tech the next must-have.

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Myo Jedi-armbands hooked up to Oculus Rift, robots and more

Myo Jedi-armbands hooked up to Oculus Rift, robots and more

Motion-tracking startup Thalmic Labs has been showing off what its early developers can do with a muscle-reading Myo armband and a little imagination, with the new peripheral already integrated with Oculus Rift, capable of remotely controlling mean-looking robots, and more. The company isn't planning to ship broadly until midway through this year, but its Myo Alpha Developers program is underway, and already the ideas are proving diverse.

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Tobii EyeX eye-tracking for UI and Gaming hands-on with SteelSeries

Tobii EyeX eye-tracking for UI and Gaming hands-on with SteelSeries

With the folks at Tobii Technology you've got some of the most advanced work in the world being down with eye-tracking with the PC. This month they're introducing a partnership with gaming peripheral leaders SteelSeries in an effort to jump-start their entry into the personal PC eye-tracking market. The first introduction we've had with Tobii has been their very own Tobii EyeX Developer Kit, a unit that's already rolling for a variety of PCs and getting prepared for launch this Spring.

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MIT researchers create 3D motion tracking system that sees through walls

MIT researchers create 3D motion tracking system that sees through walls

Researchers at MIT have created a new way to track movement through walls, and it is even more accurate and revealing than the motion tracking technology they created in June of this year. It's called WiTrack, and it can sense a person's movements in three dimensions -- physical occlusions or no. It's an update to the same researchers' "WiVi", which could "see" through walls but wasn't nearly as comprehensive as this.

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Apple PrimeSense purchase to leverage 3D mapping, not motion tracking

Apple PrimeSense purchase to leverage 3D mapping, not motion tracking

Apple's purchase of PrimeSense last week had all the tech industries howling. The Israel-based company's motion tracking technology had largely informed early versions of Kinect, Microsoft's motion-tracking and voice command interface for the Xbox 360 gaming console. Was Apple planning to use PrimeSense's expertise in motion tracking to propel its gadgets into a new era of universal motion tracking capability? Maybe not, says former Washington Post tech journalist Jessica Lessin. It's all about PrimeSense's other, lesser-known, claim to fame: 3D indoor mapping.

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Apple, PrimeSense motion-tracking tech company deal confirmed

Apple, PrimeSense motion-tracking tech company deal confirmed

Apple today confirmed its widely rumored purchase of PrimeSense, the start-up company that made it possible for Microsoft to develop the motion-tracking technology behind the Kinect device for the blockbuster Xbox line of gaming consoles. The deal was reported by Calcalist to have been completed last week, but neither Apple nor PrimeSense would comment. Today's confirmation opens the floodgates to all manner of innovation for all of Apple's product lines.

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Apple reportedly buys Kinect tech-creator PrimeSense

Apple reportedly buys Kinect tech-creator PrimeSense

Apple has reportedly acquired PrimeSense, the motion-tracking company responsible for the technology in the original Xbox 360 Kinect, in a deal said to be worth around $345m. Whispers of the possible purchase, today reported by Israeli news site Calcalist, began back in July though were described as being in the early stages, and PrimeSense unofficially dismissed the speculation along with chatter rumors of a $280m price tag.

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Zepp Sensor aims to quantify your every move

Zepp Sensor aims to quantify your every move

We're ramping up at an unprecedented rate this year towards total quantification of movement - especially sports and exercise-related movement - with devices like the Zepp Sensor. This device works inside a whole Zepp training system which aims to connect your movements - all of them - to mobile apps. You'll find the teams at Zepp Labs using this one sensor as their center for an expanding ecosystem of tracking action.

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