Kinect

  • 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

  • PrimeSense Positioning Itself For Integration With Next-Gen TVs

    PrimeSense Positioning Itself For Integration With Next-Gen TVs

    The great smartening of the idiot box continues. It was several years ago that we started seeing the first internet-connected TVs, and since then TV makers have been adding more and more slightly useful features, generally one or two per generation — it wouldn’t do to put them all out at once, of course. And while much functionality is still left to the set-top box, media player… Read More

  • Video: Free-Moving Kinect Used To Map Room And Objects In Detailed 3D

    Video: Free-Moving Kinect Used To Map Room And Objects In Detailed 3D

    We’ve seen hacks for the Kinect from the very start, and even some that suggested one like this might be possible: a Kinect being moved around like a camera, recording the depth of everything it sees and building up a full-3D map of the room and every object in it. They call it KinectFusion, and it’s really quite fascinating to watch. The position of the camera is constantly tracked… Read More

  • Kinetic Space Framework Allows PCs To Read Dance Moves, Sign Language

    Kinetic Space Framework Allows PCs To Read Dance Moves, Sign Language

    The Kinetic Space project uses almost any type of 3D spatial scanner – including the Xbox Kinect – to register and read gestures. How does it work? Well, first you register your body and then record a set of gestures. The system can read those gestures and trigger events based on the speed and repetition of the gestures. The best part is the granularity: you can even scan hand… Read More

  • Microsoft Unveils The Kinect Star Wars Bundle, Trademark Droid Beeps Included

    Microsoft Unveils The Kinect Star Wars Bundle, Trademark Droid Beeps Included

    And I am C-3PO, human-cyborg relations. And this is my counterpart R2D2. We’ve clearly been pimped out by Master George again. It was probably R2’s fault. That malfunctioning little twirp. I told him not to sell out and let us be turned into cheap gaming accessories, but he’s faulty, malfunctioning. Kept babbling on about his mission.¬†We seem to be made to suffer. It’s… Read More

  • Will Asus’s Kinect Clone End Up Like Its Wii Clone?

    Will Asus’s Kinect Clone End Up Like Its Wii Clone?

    Asus has been working with Kinect co-creator PrimeSense to put together a PC-based version of Microsoft’s hit depth-detecting game controller. The thought, I presume, was that PC gamers and hackers would like a native device and an open platform for gesture-based game and OS controls. Their creation has been around for a bit, but we haven’t heard much regarding it, perhaps because… Read More

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