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Apple Has Siri and Microsoft Has…GLaDOS? [Kinect Hack]

Apple Has Siri and Microsoft Has…GLaDOS? [Kinect Hack]
Owners of the iPhone 4S have their own virtual assistant in the form of the helpful and mostly respectful Siri. But if Corey Thomas gets his way, all PC users can have their own voice-activated virtual assistant too.

PS3 Sales Could Overtake the Xbox 360 Soon

PS3 Sales Could Overtake the Xbox 360 Soon
PS3 fans will be happy to know that PS3 sales are finally catching up to Microsoft’s XBox 360. Neither come close to Nintendo’s sales of 88.3 million Wiis, but hey, that console is for kids, so in my mind that doesn’t count.
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New Xbox 720 Console to Arrive in 2013?

New Xbox 720 Console to Arrive in 2013?
Much like any news about the Playstation 4, this is rumor territory, but there are some murmurings that we might finally see the next-generation Xbox 720 console in 2013, and not next year during E3 2012.

OmniTouch Kinect-based Wearable Projector: You Are the Touchscreen

OmniTouch Kinect-based Wearable Projector: You Are the Touchscreen
Great minds do think alike. I’m sure some of you still remember the Sixthsense wearable computer by Patti Maes and Pranav Mistry. Here’s an very similar concept device that uses different hardware to arrive at the same functionality.

Using a Touchscreen Through Your Pocket Made Possible by Microsoft PocketTouch

Using a Touchscreen Through Your Pocket Made Possible by Microsoft PocketTouch
Have you ever needed to use your phone inside you pocket? I haven’t, but I’m sure it could be useful in some situations. New technology from Microsoft Research could allow you to use a touchscreen through fabric.

Kinect Banking: Pay Your Bills Using Xbox Kinect

Kinect Banking: Pay Your Bills Using Xbox Kinect
Are you worried about the fact that your bank doesn’t allow you to handle your transactions by using gestures? (Well, there’s the one fingered gesture that we would all sometimes like to flip all of our banks.) How would you like to bank via your Xbox Kinect?

Ringtone Unlocked: Achievement Unlocked Sound Officially Released

Ringtone Unlocked: Achievement Unlocked Sound Officially Released
Here’s an instant upper for Xbox 360 gamers. Xbox director of programming Major Nelson recently released an .mp3 of the instantly recognizable Achievement Unlocked blip. Yes, it’s barely two seconds long, but that’s two seconds that many gamers work for days or even weeks to hear.

Windows 8 Blue Screen of Death Has a Sad Face

Windows 8 Blue Screen of Death Has a Sad Face
We’ve all been there. You are playing a game or doing some important work and suddenly Windows crashes and the dreaded Blue Screen of Death  (BSoD) shows up. Normally that gives you a sad face, but with Windows 8, Microsoft feels your pain and shows you a sad face of their own.

Halo 4, 5 & 6 Details: The ”Reclaimer Trilogy” Will Reclaim Your Money

Halo 4, 5 & 6 Details: The ”Reclaimer Trilogy” Will Reclaim Your Money
Now that Bungie is out and 343 Industries is in charge, things seem to be in motion for more Halo. Last week at the PAX conference, 343 Industries’ creative director, Frank O’Connor gave some interesting hints about Halo 4.

Microsoft Shows Off Patty, the Surface Testing Robot

Microsoft Shows Off Patty, the Surface Testing Robot
I have long though that it would be awesome to have my own Microsoft Surface 2.0 table in my home. What I have never really thought about was how Microsoft tests the Surface 2.0 device to be sure that it will stand up to the test of time and lots of fingers.

Kinect Turntable 3D Scanner: If It’s in the World, It’s in the Game

Kinect Turntable 3D Scanner: If It’s in the World, It’s in the Game
Yet another post brought to you by the magic powers of Kinect. Using Microsoft’s wonder device along with other cheap materials, A.J. Jeromin built a set up that can easily and quickly scan and render any object in 3D.

KinectFusion: Microsoft Makes 3D Models with Kinect

KinectFusion: Microsoft Makes 3D Models with Kinect
There have been tons of attempts to use the Kinect to create 3D images, but leave it to Microsoft themselves to come up with the most impressive 3D modeling system I’ve seen to date.

Star Wars Xbox 360 Slim: These Aren’t the Consoles You’re Looking For (Actually, They Are)

Star Wars Xbox 360 Slim: These Aren’t the Consoles You’re Looking For (Actually, They Are)
There’s a limited edition Star Wars-themed Xbox 360 coming up, that features some cool droid-inspired designs. Both Microsoft and LucasArts unveiled this console bundle for the upcoming Kinect Star Wars game yesterday at the San Diego Comic-Con.

Kinect Graffiti Won’t Get You Arrested (Unless You Start Spray-Painting Flat Screens at the Best Buy)

Kinect Graffiti Won’t Get You Arrested (Unless You Start Spray-Painting Flat Screens at the Best Buy)
The Xbox 360 Kinect has proven to be an interactive hacker’s dream device, offering plentiful opportunities to track objects, recognize forms, and capture sounds. In one of the latest Kinect hacks to hit, an artist created a system which turns the Kinect into a virtual graffiti machine.

Nyko Zoom Play Kinect Range Reduction Lens is Great for Small Rooms

Nyko Zoom Play Kinect Range Reduction Lens is Great for Small Rooms
I have a Kinect for my Xbox 360 that we bought at Christmas for the kids to play. The problem was apparent right away. To get back far enough for the Kinect to read your motions, we were right on top of the couch.

Wi-GO Kinect-Powered Shopping Cart for Disabled Follows Your Every Move

Wi-GO Kinect-Powered Shopping Cart for Disabled Follows Your Every Move
Luis de Matos of the Department of Informatics at the University of Beira Interior is working on a Kinect hack that could be commonplace within the next few years, whether the resulting product actually uses Kinect-like technology or not.
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