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Kanye and Kinect: Yeezus tour utilization and live motion capture

Kanye and Kinect: Yeezus tour utilization and live motion capture

For those of you lucky enough to have caught Kanye West’s Yeezus tour as it came down upon the earth over the past few months, you’ll have witnessed the world’s first live concert utilization of Microsoft’s Kinect. The piece of the concert in question here was when West sang Black Skinhead, heading to the front of his architectural wonder to a piece of the stage that bounced. Up in front of this piece of the stage was a Kinect.

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Samsung “Galaxy Band” fitness tracker rumored to debut Feb. 2014

Samsung “Galaxy Band” fitness tracker rumored to debut Feb. 2014

Samsung may be developing a new wearable fitness tracker. The so-called "Galaxy Band" would likely be an update to the seemingly discontinued S-Band, the screen-less, wrist-mounted tracker for pairing with a Galaxy S 4. The Galaxy Band would add a screen along with an array of other fitness- and health-oriented tracking features.

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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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PetChatz “Greet and Treat” webcam helps you interact with pets online

PetChatz “Greet and Treat” webcam helps you interact with pets online

PetChatz is a web cam that lets you interact with your pet on a number of levels from anywhere in the world. Install it over a wall outlet, secure it to a stud, connect it to your home WiFi, fill it with treats and a special scent, and you're set to go. The device was conceived as a way to reduce pet owner separation anxiety, but its maker Anser Innovation also claims it makes for healthier, happier pets.

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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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Elliptic Labs gesture control could be Kinect for your phone by 2014

Elliptic Labs gesture control could be Kinect for your phone by 2014

Motion-tracking technology that allows you to control your smartphone from several feet away, even when it's away on a nearby table, could show up in handsets as soon as next year. Elliptic Labs gesture control system uses tiny ultrasonic sensors to grant 180-degree awareness to phones and tablets, picking up hand movement from up to three feet away, whether it's in front of the device or off to the side. Now, the company says, it's finally almost time for the sensor tech to show up in production hardware.

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Google buys Flutter “Kinect for OS X” motion-tracking developer

Google buys Flutter “Kinect for OS X” motion-tracking developer

Google has acquired Flutter, the gesture-recognition specialist dubbed "Kinect for OS X", with development of the hand tracking system headed in-house at the search giant. Flutter, which offers a Mac app that turns the webcam into a remote control system for navigating media players like iTunes, Spotify, and VLC, has cooked up its own machine-vision algorithms, which Google could use for future Chromebooks, Android devices, or even baked into the browser.

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Tobii EyeMobile for Windows 8 frees tablets for eyes-only users

Tobii EyeMobile for Windows 8 frees tablets for eyes-only users

Eye-tracking specialist Tobii has launched its latest peripheral, the Tobii EyeMobile, bringing gaze control to Windows 8 tablets like Microsoft's Surface. Combining the company's PCEye Go tracker with a special cradle for your slate, the USB accessory brings eye control to everything from Office and other productivity apps, through entertainment apps like Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, and Kindle, to social networking tools such as Facebook and Twitter. Tobii is positioning the EyeMobile setup as ideal for those with physical and communication impairments who still want to use a full-featured PC.

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HP ENVY17 Leap Motion SE first to market with embedded micro sensor

HP ENVY17 Leap Motion SE first to market with embedded micro sensor

This week the folks at Leap Motion have made clear their intention to dive ever-deeper into the world of high-powered electronics, hitting a real-deal HP notebook here for starters. This is the first of what may be a series of HP/Leap Motion connections, given their announcement of co-development earlier this year. This is the HP ENVY17 Leap Motion Special Edition notebook, complete with Leap Motion's own 3D motion control technology embedded into the very hardware.

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