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A sweet gaming system might include the ability to immerse yourself in a gaming world and fight, cast spells, whatever, by making the motions that you would need if you were actually part of the game. This Kinect hack doesn't go quite that far, but we can dream, can't we? Built by the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, FAAST, or the Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit isn't specific to World of Warcraft (WoW), but it has been hacked to control WoW as shown in a demo video below. The actual plans of the institute are a bit less commercial. The plan is to develop "simple, medically inspired games for rehabilitation of motor-skills after a stroke, and even for reducing childhood... Read more...
People are using the Kinect Xbox 360 add-on in ways that transcend the idea of a video console accessory. It was this type of development that was hoped for when a bounty was put out for open source Kinect drivers, and look what the latest possibility is: using Kinect to help people learn American Sign Language. >Researchers at Georgia Tech College of Computing are working such a project. They've taken the Kinect and coupled it with custom software, CopyCat. The prior, pre-Kinect version required the users to wear colored gloves with 3-axis accelerometers. The new system performed very accurately. In a series of increasingly more difficult tests, the software returned results with 100 percent... Read more...
SoftKinetic developed a 3D gesture recognition platform long before Microsoft released Kinect -- and it supports Linux as well as Windows. Despite the head start, the promised consumer gaming and television controllers have yet to appear. That should change in 2011, a company spokesperson says, thanks to an influx of venture cash, some big league partners and a plan to lure Kinect hackers into become its developers. The Belgium-based company makes the "iisu" platform ("iisu" stands for the cute acronym, the “interface is U”). Last week, it sent out an all-call to Kinect jail breakers to try and lure them into becoming legit iisu developers. Since Kinect launched, it has been forced... Read more...
No one actually doubted that motion gaming was popular. Nintendo sold through tons of Wii consoles, and for over year there was a consumer shortage. In fact, the movement was so noticeable that both Sony and Microsoft decided to embark on a journey of their own to embrace motion gaming. Sony chose the Move, and Microsoft chose Kinect. They're different strategies for sure. Kinect uses no controller at all, whereas Move uses a Wii Remote-esque scheme. So, how has the public reacted to using their bodies as the controller? Quite well. Microsoft just put out a press release stating that 2.5 million Kinect cameras have been sold to date, with a strong Black Friday credited for a large boost in sales.... Read more...
Ah, the more users play with Kinect, now that there is an open source driver, the better things become. Here we see a Jedi Knight in training who has used the OpenKinect drivers and OpenCV to make himself into a Jedi Academy cadet. Here's what he said on his YouTube post: Proof of concept of tracking and rendering a lightsaber in real time using a Kinect hooked up to a PC. Imagine the possibilities. Best viewed in fullscreen 480p. I track a wooden stick and I overlay the light glow on the computer. Drivers using OpenKinect, image processing, tracking, and rendering using OpenCV. Audio recorded and processed using Audacity and played using libao. Check it out.... Read more...
If you can't beat 'em, say it was your idea all along. Microsoft has said that the Kinect hacking which allows the Kinect to be used with other devices besides the Xbox 360, wasn't really hacking, and that they left the Kinect open by design. At least, that's what Microsoft said on NPR's Science Friday. However, earlier, in response to a $3,000 bounty announced for an open source Kinect driver, by the open-source hardware company Adafruit, Microsoft had said it did not "condone" such behavior. In fact, Microsoft went further, mentioning that the company would "work closely with law enforcement." When the bounty was first announced, Microsoft said, “Microsoft does not condone the modification... Read more...
Welcome to the inaugural episode of “Two and a Half Geeks”, our re-vamped, weekly video podcast. In addition to our new look (which is still being tweaked!), in this episode we talk about the performance of AMD’s upcoming Zacate APU and Woz’s “quote” that Android is going to rule the world. We also go hands on with one of Apple’s new Macbook Air systems and discuss hacking the recently released Microsoft Kinect... Show Notes: 00:30 - AMD Zacate E-350 Processor Performance Preview 03:36 - Apple Co-Founder Delcares Android the Eventual Winner in Smartphone Wars 06:31 - MacBook Air Preview 09:13 - DIY Kinect Hacking Guide Released 11:27 - "Name our Webcast"... Read more...
Adafruit, the folks behind the bounty for an open-source Kinect driver, one that would allow end users to use the Kinect with more than just the Xbox 360, have posted a how-to guide. It should be noted, however: it's not exactly drop-dead simple. The guide comes via an Adafruit employee with the handle Ladyada. You can see, in a video below, how she herself hacked the Kinect's motor and got the accelerometer data out. The actual winner of the bounty was declared to be Hector Martín Cantero, who took home the bounty after his hack was confirmed. Ladyada says: Everyone has seen the Xbox 360 Kinect hacked in a matter of days after our "open source driver" bounty - here's how we helped... Read more...
A million. That's a lot. A whole lot when you consider just how crowded the gaming market it, and even more when you consider just how limited the Kinect is in terms of a buyer pool. The Kinect motion accessory requires a good deal of space in front of the television, and many gamers who are cramped in studio apartments don't even have the room for it. But that hasn't stopped one million Kinect units from flying off of store shelves in just 10 days. Microsoft's entry into the motion gaming craze is definitely taking off in a big way, with the company announcing that it has sold 1 million units worldwide already. And this is before Black Friday, where lots and lots are sure to fly off of store... Read more...
Only a few days after the public release of Kinect, the Xbox 360 add-on has already been hacked. It just goes to show that the hacking community can do just about anything when it puts its mind to it (Apple already knows this). In this case the impetus for hacking comes as a $2,000 bounty offered by New York-based Adafruit Industries. Adafruit believes the Kinect system is too good to be be locked to one gaming system. The video below, posted to YouTube, shows that a hacker has taken control of the Kinect motion sensing system, just released last week as a $149 add-on for the Xbox 360 video game system. Led by Phillip Torrone, a senior editor at Make magazine and MIT Media lab alumni Limor... Read more...
Kinect. It's here! Sales of Microsoft's own motion sensing gaming accessory for their Xbox 360 went on sale this week in North America, offering 360 owners the chance to control select titles with just the movements of their body. Microsoft is hoping that this approach will be more appealing than the approach taken by Nintendo and Sony, both of which still require users to hold a controller of some sort. Kinect uses just your body, and the camera system picks up 3D motion in order to convert into playback. Microsoft engaged in a huge NYC launch of the product, and reports have suggested that Microsoft is hoping to sell 5 million of these within a year. 17 Kinect-enabled titles will be available... Read more...
We are back again for the latest episode of the weekly HotHardware Video Podcast. In this week’s episode Dave, Iyaz and Marco give you all a sneak peek of OCZ Technology's upcoming RevoDrive X2 PCI-Express SSD, and they talk about choosing the best mid-range graphics card, Logitech's solar-powered wireless keyboard, and the Microsoft Kinect for the Xbox 360. We also chat about HotHardare's new voting feature and our ongoing contest in which someone can win a killer new gaming, just for helping us name the podcast! Show Notes: 00:13 - OCZ RevoDrive X2 Sneak Peek 03:18 - Mid-Range NVIDIA GPU Battle: GTX 460 vs. GTX 470 05:38 - Logitech Debuts $79.99 Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 08:50 - Microsoft:... Read more...
Microsoft's Kinect (formerly Project Natal) motion control system launches today into a market that's just recently seen the debut of the PlayStation Move. Prior to now, there's been some discussion of whether or not the XBox 360's CPU could handle both Kinect and the demands of modern games; CPU usage in Kinect-capable software was claimed to be in the 10-15 percent range. According to Alex Kipman, Microsoft's incubation director and the brains behind Kinect, the company has managed to reduce the motion controller's demand for cycles down to single digits. According to Kipman, Microsoft gamers who use Project Natal will never have to deal with slower game performance or stuttery playback due... Read more...
Microsoft's clearly interested in motion sensing. The Kinect add-on for the Xbox 360 is proof of that. But things may not be stopping in the gaming world. It's clear that user interfaces are changing. Apple has already introduced a Magic Trackpad for desktop use, and a bunch of new touch panel all-in-one machines are on the market. And with tablets, we're using our fingers more than ever rather than mice and keyboards. Microsoft knows that the industry won't remain the same forever, and they're making acquisitions to make sure they're ahead of the curve. Recently, the company picked up Canesta, a well-known outfit responsible for technology that makes 3D motion sensing work with lots of devices... Read more...
For those of you who like to shake that money maker (and other parts of your body), the countdown begins now. On November 4, 2010, Microsoft will launch its motion-controlled Kinect platform for the Xbox 360 game console, along with 17 controller-free games on or around launch day to get you started. The Kinect is poised to be an uber popular item this holiday shopping season, with pre-orders selling out fast. If you're hoping to score a Kinect on the day of release and don't have a pre-order, you better arrive early at your favorite retailer -- units will begin selling at midnight on launch day and probably won't last long. "The very first time we saw Kinect, we knew it would be a 'must have'... Read more...
It's been a few years since Microsoft paid much attention to the PC gaming industry, but someone apparently wandered past the sole employee in the PC gaming devision and kicked him a few times. With Halo Reach released and Kinect in the launch tube, MS has announced it wants to "push the business model into new directions." The problem, according to the software giant, is that it isn't seen as the industry leader or trendsetter that it wants to be. Hi everyone, this is Steve from our Windows Gaming Division. There’s been a fair bit of criticism aimed at Microsoft that we were spending a lot of our focus on console, and we need to be putting resources behind PC as well,” Microsoft... Read more...
In a recent interview, Kinect creator Kudo Tsunoda shared his thoughts on Microsoft's new gaming platform and the future of gaming in general. when asked how Kinect would be integrated into future titles he described the rise of FPS shooters for consoles, then drops this bombshell. "Halo did an awesome job of building a first-person shooter exclusively for the console, and now hardly anyone plays first person shooters on the PC anymore. It’s all about the console." This is precisely the sort of statement that normally causes PC gamers to rally round the flagpole, declare their undying devotion to PC/FPS gaming, and tell stories about how even the newest titles still control like a 500 lb... Read more...
Microsoft's Kinect system stands a good chance to revolutionize the console gaming world again, much like the Wii did a few years ago. Enabling full body control of games is something that may convince even casual gamers to devote more time to their console, and it's pretty clear that people are excited about the notion. The real question up until now has been: when's this thing actually going to ship? Microsoft has been rather vague on answering that, with a generic "November" time frame being the most official data handed out. But at GamesCom over in Germany this week, the company finally put something into stone. Starting on November 10th in Europe, Middle East and Africa, Kinect will begin... Read more...
If you've been anxiously awaiting Microsoft's Kinect motion controller, get in line - so has everyone else. While you're waiting, work on coming to terms with the fact that it isn't going to be cheap. Microsoft announced pricing for its Kinect sensor this week, saying it will sell the device for $150, which comes with "Kinect Adventures," a game filled with "20 adventures." "Kinect for Xbox 360 offers tremendous entertainment value for the whole family," said Dennis Durkin, Xbox 360 chief operating officer. "With full body, voice, and the ability to play games with your friends right out of the box, Kinect is the most unique, complete, and affordable way for everyone to enjoy controller-free... Read more...
Sony has bought in, and even Nintendo has bought in. There's 3D titles coming for the PS3, and there's a 3DS handheld coming soon; Nintendo even confessed to thinking about the possibilities of a future 3D home game console. So that's two of the main three game makers who are seemingly on board with 3D, surely Microsoft will follow suit soon, right? Not so fast. Just after introducing a motion sensing system that could very well become the best of the three available across Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft (the Kinect, which senses your whole body rather than just a motion controller), now the company is saying that the experience you get with that may be the only experience you get for awhile. Responding... Read more...
Microsoft is going head-on with Nintendo's Wii thanks to the newly named Kinect. It's coming in November, and it'll add a level of motion gameplay that even the Wii can't offer; users will simply stand in front of the sensor bar and make motions, which are then understood by the console and converted into game movements. But in order to best take advantage of a new sensor bar, Microsoft has revealed a new console. Yes, a new console. It's still the Xbox 360, but it's a new breed of Xbox 360. It's labeled the Xbox 360 S, and it contains a 250GB hard drive and a much smaller shell. It's coated in glossy black paint (sure to attract fingerprints), and will ship this week for $299. It's not an upgrade... Read more...
The world has known that Microsoft was bringing a motion control system to market for months and months now. We've heard it referred to as "Project Natal" for as long as we can remember, and we were assuming that the company would simply retain the name after all of this time. We should have known better. As E3 begins in California this morning, Microsoft is making that motion system official, and it will go by the name "Kinect." It's impossible to see this name and not think of the Kin, a new feature phone line recently launched by none other than Microsoft. Whether or not the two are connected remains a mystery, but it's hard to imagine that this is a pure coincidence. The company debuted Kinect... Read more...
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