Kinect

  • Wreckateer: Microsoft Aims For Angry Birds With New Casual Game

    Wreckateer: Microsoft Aims For Angry Birds With New Casual Game

    We haven’t been paying much attention to new games this E3 but a new title, Wreckateer, should be interesting to casual gamers who have a passing familiarity with another title involving avians who are peeved. The game uses the Kinect interface to allow you to pull back a giant crossbow and throw rocks and bombs at ugly green trolls in castles. Using hand gestures you can move the… Read More

  • Microsoft’s SemanticMap: After Project Glass, Another Take On How To Make The World More User-Specific

    Microsoft’s SemanticMap: After Project Glass, Another Take On How To Make The World More User-Specific

    Augmented reality seems to be all the rage this week: Microsoft earlier today got in touch to give us the heads up on some technology it’s been working on — its designs for how to make a user’s experience of a location specific only to that user — one day after Google revealed more details about its own take on that idea in the form of Project Glass. Called SemanticMap… Read More

  • 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