Kinect

  • At Last, Kinect Can Size You Up For Jeans

    At Last, Kinect Can Size You Up For Jeans

    The Kinect’s powerful depth- and position-sensing sensors have been put to many a noble purpose: basic artificial vision, translating sign language, controlling humanoid robots, and real-time 3D mapping of the real world. But at last it can help you pick out a pair of jeans. You may not be aware of the alarming fact that up to 40% of clothing purchased is returned because of poor fit. Read More

  • The Kinect-A-Sketch: A Homebrew Robotic Sketcher

    This video from Waterloo Labs shows a bunch of young, excited interns building what amounts to a computer-controlled Etch-A-Sketch. The project uses an Xbox Kinect sensor to find the nearest point in space and then transmits that motion to an Arduino board which in turn controls stepper motors to turn the Etch-A-Sketch knobs. Sure you could just turn the knobs yourself, but where would the fun… Read More

  • Draw Your Way To Salvation In The Kinect-Powered Doodle Defense Game

    Draw Your Way To Salvation In The Kinect-Powered Doodle Defense Game

    I’ve played through my share of tower defense games in my day — and have gotten hopelessly addicted to a few of them — but none really approach Andy Wallace’s Doodle Defense when it comes to execution. You see, instead of dragging and dropping pre-made parts onto a field, players must defend against invaders by drawing their own towers and obstacles on a whiteboard. Read More

  • Lip Reading, 3D Desktops, And NUI: Microsoft Plans To Reinvent User Interaction

    Lip Reading, 3D Desktops, And NUI: Microsoft Plans To Reinvent User Interaction

    Deep in the skunk works of its Research and Labs divisions, secreted around the Seattle area, Microsoft is working on totally reinventing the way people interact with their computers. Very little is out in the open or in more than a prototype form, but the work is unquestionably being done. Last week it transpired that Microsoft is working on building Kinect into the bezels of laptops, and… Read More

  • Microsoft Updates Kinect Hardware For Official Windows Release

    Microsoft Updates Kinect Hardware For Official Windows Release

    We’ve known for some time that Microsoft would be bringing official Kinect support to Windows this week, but one thing they kept quiet was the fact that they’d be debuting a new version of the hardware as well. It’s not tiny, as some hoped, or built into the bezel of a laptop, as we know it will be eventually, but it does improve on the original in a few ways. Read More

  • Secret Windows 8 Weapon: Kinect Built Into Your Laptop

    Secret Windows 8 Weapon: Kinect Built Into Your Laptop

    The Windows release of Kinect is coming up in a couple days, but for most people that won’t be a major event: the Kinect they have is sitting on their TV or in a drawer, waiting to be taken out for an impromptu Dance Central 2 party. Of the 10 million Kinects out there, the only ones connected to computers are the ones being fiddled with by the various hackers and students making… Read More

  • Now You Can Control Your Galaxy Nexus By Groping A Wall

    Now You Can Control Your Galaxy Nexus By Groping A Wall

    The Galaxy Nexus’s 4.65-inch display may make it a handful for some, but a nifty new project from a developer known as DDRBoxman allows users to interact with their Galaxy Nexus on an even grander scale. With the help of a projector, a Kinect camera, and a specially tweaked Ice Cream Sandwich ROM, he was able to interact with his Nexus by touching a wall. Read More

  • Kinect Comes To Windows On February 1st

    Kinect Comes To Windows On February 1st

    We knew that Microsoft’s hit motion-control accessory for the Xbox 360, Kinect, was coming to Windows eventually. They’ve been hinting at it, people have been hacking it, and they even released an SDK a little while back. But one of the last things Ballmer said tonight at his keynote was a definite date for when Kinect would be coming to Windows: February 1st. That’s really… Read More

  • Come On, Microsoft: Siri Is Making You Look Terrible

    Come On, Microsoft: Siri Is Making You Look Terrible

    Last week, Microsoft overhauled the Xbox 360. The update brought dozens of new features, but there was one I was particularly excited about: when paired with a Kinect, the new interface was said to pack voice recognition support pretty much everywhere. As I noted in my initial Kinect review well over a year ago, the Kinect’s voice system was the one bit I found particularly disappointing. Read More

  • Fly or Die Xbox Metro UI Review

    Fly Or Die: The New Xbox “Metro” UI

    Erick isn’t much of a gamer, which is why he’s particularly suited at assessing the new Xbox 360 UI, dubbed Metro by those in the know. Aside from the obvious changes in design, the UI actually makes it easier for guys like Erick to use the Xbox to watch movies, Youtube videos, UFC fight, and other media ephemera that thus far has been lacking in the Xbox experience. Microsoft… Read More

  • ChaLearn Challenges You To Teach A Kinect Instant Gesture Recognition

    ChaLearn Challenges You To Teach A Kinect Instant Gesture Recognition

    There’s seemingly no end to the clever things that people can do with a little know-how and a Kinect camera, and now it seems like the machine learning enthusiasts at ChaLearn want to use the Xbox accessory to change the way computers deal with gesture controls. In short, they’re challenging the world’s data tinkerers to develop a learning system that allows a Kinect to… Read More

  • Shopper Tracker’s Kinect Hack Is Like Google Analytics For Retail Store Shelves

    Shopper Tracker’s Kinect Hack Is Like Google Analytics For Retail Store Shelves

    Brick and mortar store owners can now get access to the same kind of analytics available to website admins. Shopper Tracker is a new product from Argentinian developer Agile Route built off of Microsoft Kinect. It analyzes customer movements to provide traffic flow analysis and heat maps indicating which shelves are attracting shoppers and which products they touch or take. This can be tied… Read More

  • New Kinect For Windows Adds Motion Control To The Common PC

    Folks who want to connect their Kinect to their PCs can now use specially-designed hardware to add real-time, 3D tracking to programs, games, and research projects. Using the Kintect SDK hackers can add the Kinect to nearly any hardware. Improvements include a new “Near Mode” that allows for objects at about 50 centimeters away from the sensor to register in 3D space, the first step… Read More

  • SmartPal VII: A Humanoid That Can Be Remote-Controlled Via Kinect (Video)

    SmartPal VII: A Humanoid That Can Be Remote-Controlled Via Kinect (Video)

    We’ve shown you many Kinect-based hacks and applications over the past months, and here is a new one from Japan: major robot maker Yaskawa has developed a humanoid that can be remote-controlled using a Kinect interface. Dubbed SmartPal VII, the telepresence robot can be used to communicate with other people over a distance or even help them cleaning up rooms, for example (by controlling… Read More

  • Microsoft And TechStars Launch Kinect Accelerator For New Kinect-Based Startups

    Microsoft And TechStars Launch Kinect Accelerator For New Kinect-Based Startups

    The Kinect has proved fertile ground for hackers and innovators all over the world, from individuals to student teams to established researchers. But as yet there haven’t been many commercial applications. Microsoft and TechStars are hoping to turn the creativity and momentum associated with the Kinect into some functioning startups. Applications are being taken through January 25th… Read More

  • More Mind-Blowing Real-World Kinect Interaction From Microsoft Research

    More Mind-Blowing Real-World Kinect Interaction From Microsoft Research

    Have you had your share of augmented reality this month? Between CMU’s OmniTouch, Microsoft’s HoloDesk, and Metaio’s updated AR app, you could be forgiven. But trust me, you’ll want to watch this video of Microsoft Research prototypes using pico projectors and Kinect cameras. The ability to quickly build and track a 3D model of the environment (as we and Bill Gates… Read More

  • Kinect SDK Launches In Early 2012 (We Peer At Past Hacks)

    Fresh on the heels of its envisioned future video, Microsoft has posted an inspiring portrayal of the Kinect to YouTube. The video outlines the somewhat unexpected uses of Kinect in its one-year history, including educational and medical applications, which is likely meant to boost awareness ahead of the commercial launch of the Kinect SDK. Developers have been hacking Kinect and creating… Read More

  • A Child’s-Eye View Of Microsoft’s Kinect For Kids

    A Child’s-Eye View Of Microsoft’s Kinect For Kids

    I took my six-year-old son Kasper to Microsoft’s Kinect For Kids event yesterday in hopes of better understanding Microsoft’s efforts at grabbing the younger demographic. While he’s already an avid weekend gamer, I wondered if Microsoft’s latest immersive play solutions would stir him in anyway. I discovered two things: that the Kinect for Kids initiative, as evidenced… Read More

  • Build-A-Bear Releases Kinect-Capable Teddies

    Build-A-Bear Releases Kinect-Capable Teddies

    Microsoft and Build-A-Bear (a store where children can taxidermy the flayed corpses of teddy bears killed in the wild) are working together to create Kinectimals Now With Bears, a Kinect-connected game for the 360. Read More

  • Video: Kinect-Controlled Gigapixel Image Exploration

    Video: Kinect-Controlled Gigapixel Image Exploration

    Obligatory Minority Report reference. There, it’s out of the way, and we can enjoy this interesting video without worrying about when the allusion is going to drop. The University of Lincoln in the UK is hosting an interactive exhibition in which users can navigate a number of gigapixel photos by using over-sized gestures tracked by a Kinect. Meanwhile, your experience is enhanced by… Read More