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At Google's I/O Conference this year, the company claimed that their Chromebooks would actually improve with time, as Google pushed out speed and security updates that the end-user would benefit immediately from. It's not often that you purchase a product that eventually gets better, but Microsoft is claiming that the Kinect is actually now more accurate than at launch. According to Xbox senior product manager David Dennis: "I think like we showed at E3, like Kudo [Tsunoda, creative director for Kinect] showed with Kinect Fun Labs--a lot of that tech is the advancements we've made in the accuracy, the tracking...being able to show finger tracking in the Sparkles demo he did. You saw too with... Read more...
Video game industry analyst Michael Pachter has a reputation for accurate sales forecasts and an ability to predict changes in console pricing. That said, Pachter may have gone a bridge too far with his bifurcated discussion concerning Nintendo's Wii U. While he praised the Wii U as "the most impactful reveal of the show," Pachter has declared the Wii U brand unimaginative and implied it qualified as a "worst ever." The real criticism, however, is reserved for Nintendo's hardware decisions. "We think that Wii U is arriving two years late, given that the other HD consoles already have peripherals for movement," said Pachter, reasoning that since Nintendo didn't get specific about tech specs, the... Read more...
Games, games, and a few more games. It's E3! While Nintendo has stolen the show thus far being the first of the Big 3 to introduce a new at-home game console, Microsoft's continuing the push the Xbox 360 to new heights. They're announcing a ton of new games, most of which are laced with Kinect support, in order to drum up interest in a console that's starting to show its age a bit. Of course, the Kinect has given new life to the 360; it has become something else entirely now that you can control it by waving your hands around. This year, Microsoft showcased a host of new exclusive  titles on Xbox 360, including “Gears of War 3,” “Forza Motorsport 4” and the world... Read more...
Nintendo unveiled its second-generation Wii console today, dubbed the Wii U, but said very little about the console's specifications. The company confirmed that the new system will support HD video, but devoted its press conference to discussing the Wii U's controller. Rumors that Nintendo would incorporate a touchscreen proved accurate, but the controller is more tablet-based than we expected it to be. The display is 6.2" wide and features dual analog controllers, two shoulder buttons, and a standard four-button layout to the right. One of the intriguing features of the Wii U is that titles can be transferred from the TV to the controller's display without needing to restart the game. This frees... Read more...
Here's the thing about motion controlled gaming. It's fun, in a gee-whiz sort of way, but once the newness wears off, you're left with what some (many?) gamers would consider nothing more than a gimmick. Is that the case with Microsoft's Kinect platform? It's too early to tell. Initial sales have been promising, and it certainly helped that Microsoft made sure there were no less than 17 compatible titles available when the Kinect launched, ensuring you could jump around and shake your rump to new graphics once you got tired of doing so in Dance Central or Kinect Adventures. Perhaps if Microsoft can ensure its catalog of Kinect titles keeps growing, gamers will continue to buy into the concept... Read more...
One of Google's 2011 April Fools' Day pranks was the so-called Gmail Motion feature, whereby you could control Gmail using full-body gestures. Many noted at the time that this could probably be done using Kinect, and viola: it's done. Built by the In fact, it was done by the same crew that developed a way to control World of Warcraft using Kinect, the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. The group called their earlier development FAAST, for Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit, so naturally they called this one SLOOW for Software Library Optimizing Obligatory Waving. Perhaps the best gesture is "licking a stamp" to Send an email. They said: This morning, Google introduced Gmail... Read more...
The latest snarky Kinect hack is this one, by The Technology Studio. The company took a Kinect unit and the Puffersphere, a spherical display by Pufferfish. Basically, they were able to create the Eye of Sauron, from Lord of the Rings. The eye even follows you around the room as you move. Considering that Sauron was supposed to be all-seeing, it's a cool adaptation. Watch it below.... Read more...
Well, this doesn't happen every single day. Microsoft's Kinect was just awarded a Guinness World Record for being the world's fastest consumer electronics device ever. Just let that sink in a bit. What makes this feat even wilder is just how well so many devices have sold in the past. iPods, Nintendo consoles, CD players. The list goes on and on. But the Kinect obviously grabbed the attention of the modern gamer and hasn't let go. The company has sold a total of ten million Kinect sensors worldwide, and as if that wasn't enough, they've also sold ten million standalone Kinect games worldwide. It's a big Kinect party, and you're invited to take it to 20 million. In a wave of celebration, there... Read more...
In mid-January, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that the Kinect motion-capture gaming controller would come to the PC, officially that is, "at the right time." Microsoft appears to have decided that the right time is Spring 2011. In an official blog post on Monday, Feb. 21, Microsoft said that the Kinect SDK for Windows will be available then. Microsoft's post acknowledged that the community that has arisen since the introduction of the Kinect has demonstrated the "depth of imagination possible when people have access to ground-breaking technology." It will be a non-commercial Kinect for Windows SDK, but a commercial version will be released "later." The non-commercial version will be free.... Read more...
OK, so a Roomba robotic vacuum is, by it's very nature, hands free. But what if you wanted to direct it now and then, but still, heaven-forbid, touch it? You can give it a Kinect hack interface. So it is with this demo video by "Ogutti." Is this a practical hack? Maybe not. Entertaining and cool? Yes and definitely.... Read more...
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...
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