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Tag: Kinect

Shape-It-Up Lets You Tweak 3D Shapes Using Simple Hand Gestures: Pottery Simulator

Shape-It-Up Lets You Tweak 3D Shapes Using Simple Hand Gestures: Pottery Simulator
The researchers behind Shape-It-Up call it a “Hand Gesture Based Creative Expression of 3D Shapes Using Intelligent Generalized Cylinders”, but it’s totally a pottery simulator. Decades from now, if – when? – Paramount Pictures decides to remake Ghost, the characters will be using Shape-It-Up while a dubstep remix of Unchained Melody plays in the background.

Microsoft Outlines Xbox One Lending, Trading and Connectivity Rules: The All-in-One Lock-in System

Microsoft Outlines Xbox One Lending, Trading and Connectivity Rules: The All-in-One Lock-in System
Before the Xbox One was announced, the Internet was inundated with rumors about how you wouldn’t be able to play used games on the console, how it was going to require an Internet connection and how its brand new Kinect is sorry, but it’s afraid it can’t let you do that Dave.

Xbox One Specs and Features Announced, Price and Release Date to Come

Xbox One Specs and Features Announced, Price and Release Date to Come
Today, Microsoft took wraps off of their shiny new gaming console, the Xbox One (formerly known as Xbox 720 or Durango.) If you can believe it, it’s been nearly eight years since the original Xbox 360 came out – the same year YouTube launched, and almost two years before the iPhone came out.

Microsoft IllumiRoom Project: Same Display, Bigger Screen

Microsoft IllumiRoom Project: Same Display, Bigger Screen
Earlier this year Microsoft introduced IllumiRoom, a prototype technology that augments TVs and other displays by projecting room-filling visuals that complement what is being shown on the screen. Microsoft Research recently released a video that explains the basics of IllumiRoom.

Xbox 720 Next-Gen “Console” to Be Worn on Wrist, Renamed XWatch

Xbox 720 Next-Gen “Console” to Be Worn on Wrist, Renamed XWatch
There’s been rampant speculation about what the new Xbox 720 (codenamed “Durango”) video game console might have in store for us later this year, and now we have some answers. As more and more companies jump on the smartwatch bandwagon, the it’s been revealed that the next-gen Xbox won’t be a console in the traditional sense at all.

Kinect Hacked with Brain Scans for Neurosurgeon Augmented Reality

Kinect Hacked with Brain Scans for Neurosurgeon Augmented Reality
The Microsoft Kinect has been hacked to do all sorts of things, and while some of the hacks are for the good of humankind, most are pretty superfluous. But the Microsoft Research Cambridge team has recently put together a Kinect demo which could provide neurosurgeons with interactive 3D visuals which could help them save lives in the operating room.

Robot Mannequin Mimics Passersby: Mirror v0.5

Robot Mannequin Mimics Passersby: Mirror v0.5
We’ve already seen how the fashion industry can make use of robotics to make life easier for shoppers. But a Japanese clothing chain called United Arrows also found a way to use robots to make things more fun for window shoppers.

Dead Space 3 Gets Voice Command Support with Kinect on Xbox 360

Dead Space 3 Gets Voice Command Support with Kinect on Xbox 360
Dead Space 3 should be one of the first big video games of 2013. This horror/sci-fi franchise has been around for several years and the third installment is expected early next year. EA and Visceral Games have announced a new feature for Xbox 360 owners who play the game.

Mechanized Steerable Stroller: Baby’s First Mech

Mechanized Steerable Stroller: Baby’s First Mech
We’ve featured a couple of cool and geeky baby strollers, but Xandon Frogget’s creation trumps them all: a stroller that can drive itself around, or let an adult or toddler steer it themselves, but still avoid obstacles.

Kinect Hack Helps Disabled Mom Send Email

Kinect Hack Helps Disabled Mom Send Email
Chad Ruble’s mom has aphasia, a condition she acquired because of a stroke that she had 12 years ago. Like many other people with aphasia, Chad’s mom has a hard time reading and writing, so she can’t use email the way the rest of us do.

Microsoft Cuts Kinect Price by 36%

Microsoft Cuts Kinect Price by 36%
If you’ve been holding out on buying yourself a Kinect for your Xbox 360 because you thought the $150 price was too much, you may want to reach for your wallet now. Microsoft has announced a price cut for the Xbox 360 Kinect of $40.

Trash Can Chases After Garbage, Renders an Office Game Obsolete

Trash Can Chases After Garbage, Renders an Office Game Obsolete
If you thought the remote-controlled trash can was neat, wait ’til you see this ingenious invention. It actually catches anything you throw in its vicinity, aim be damned. It wasn’t made in Soviet Russia though – this one’s a Japanese hack.

Ubi Interactive Uses Kinect to Turn a Wall into a Touchscreen

Ubi Interactive Uses Kinect to Turn a Wall into a Touchscreen
I bet a bunch of us have looked at the touchscreen of a smartphone or tablet before and wished it was the size of a wall for playing games or using other apps. A company called Ubi Interactive is showing off a system that uses the Microsoft Kinect to turn any surface into a touchscreen device that supports gestures.

Skyrim Getting Kinect Voice Command Support Soon

Skyrim Getting Kinect Voice Command Support Soon
It seems like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has generated more than its share of memes in the short time it has been on the market. First it was the whole “I used to be an “xxxx” too, until I took an arrow to the knee.”

Matterport Software Uses Kinect to Capture 3D Space and Objects: Holo-Instagram

Matterport Software Uses Kinect to Capture 3D Space and Objects: Holo-Instagram
People continue to brilliantly misuse Microsoft’s Kinect hardware. Invented by Matt Bell, the Matterport software lets users create 3D models of objects and spaces in just a few seconds, so instead of pictures you can save a 3D replica of your baby, your family or pretty much anything.

Kinect Star Wars’ “I’m Han Solo” Dance… I Have a Bad Feeling About This Game

Kinect Star Wars’ “I’m Han Solo” Dance… I Have a Bad Feeling About This Game
Ever since the Kinect Star Wars game’s Galactic Dance Off mode was announced, we’ve had reason to worry about this title. While I love the idea of tearing up the streets of Tatooine as the Rancor, I knew that it would be bad after I saw Slave Leia dancing and then Stormtroopers.

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