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All posts tagged "Kinect"

  • Forget Xbox, Microsoft wants Kinect in our phones

    Touch, voice, type, and gestures. Those are some of the ways we can interact with our phones these days. According to several sources, Microsoft is working on a new flagship codenamed McLaren. Not only will this mysterious Windows Phone carry a massive camera like the Lumia 1020, it also has 3D Touch which would allow you to operate apps using motion gestures. While the 3D Touch features are still hidden in Microsoft’s basement, leaked sources suggest that we can expect it to be similar to Leap Motion‘s technology and even Microsoft’s Kinect. This would mean you’d be able to...

  • No more mouse: Microsoft Research invents Leap-like gesture keyboard

    Microsoft Research’s intuitive designers have developed an augmented reality mechanical keyboard – or more concisely, a keyboard with touch and gesture ability. The “Type-Hover-Swipe” project integrates “a low-resolution matrix of infrared (IR) proximity sensors” dotted among a set of a standard qwerty keys. Not only does this keyboard allow the user to type (or what you’d traditionally expect from a keyboard), it also gives the user the power of gesture and touch commands, much like Microsoft Surface 2’s interface or the Xbox Kinect system. By gently caressing the keyboard or waving a hand above it, the user can change between text...

  • WiTrack smacks down Kinect with ‘through wall’ motion detection, insane accuracy

    Kinect right, best motion-tracking tool ever made, yes? Wrong, because MIT may have cracked the motion-tracking tool thanks to WiTrack, a “through wall” 3D tracker that uses body radio reflections. The video made us stroke our chins with envy, hoping that MIT implements this new tech into our gadgets, soon. Watch this: So if you care about motion-tracking at all, WiTrack – name pending until Nintendo jumps down their throats – should open your eyes to some new possibilities. A tracker that monitors our movements through walls though, isn’t that kind of invasive? Well no, as WiTrack uses no camera...

  • Here’s what the Xbox One’s new Kinect is capable of

    The Xbox One’s all-seeing eye isn’t just there for shits and giggles. While many gamers are familiar with the basic “Xbox turn on” or “Xbox turn off” commands, the new Kinect is much more capable and can recognize a host of various inputs not so well-known. Microsoft recently released a “cheat sheet” including examples of different voice prompts and gesture inputs. Why Microsoft didn’t simply include this in the Xbox One’s manual, remains a mystery to us all. Xbox One was officially launched last week with hope of wooing the tech industry with its innovative, next-gen features. One of its...

  • New Xbox One ad touts dashboard UI, impressive Kinect voice commands

    “Xbox, on.” The new Microsoft ad of the Xbox One shows us the console’s dashboard in action as well as very impressive response time via voice commands and switching between various forms of media entertainment. In the video, the guy logs in as Archie Earnest and scrolls, “voicing” through the Windows Live Tiles-style dashboard of his Xbox One with incredible ease. Earnest opens up Pacific Rim, shares the trailer on social media and Snap searches for something on Bing using a side screen while watching TV. He does most of this, if not everything, via voice command. Opening up the Activity...

  • Xbox Fitness lets Kinect monitor your pulse, muscles and energy

    Not into pumping iron in your living room? Maybe this upcoming app will make you reconsider. Xbox Fitness is an app for the Xbox One that wants to get you off your coach. It brings out most of what the Xbox One has to offer as a next-gen home entertainment system. Some of these features include muscle mapping, heart rate monitoring and an energy meter– all done through Kinect. Through Xbox Fitness, the Xbox One will introduce celebrity fitness trainers using a subscription-based platform. It’s an online service that will feature a library of fitness videos for all shapes and...

  • Microsoft Siri clone ‘Cortana’ coming to Xbox, PC and mobile

    It was revealed earlier last  week that Microsoft’s Siri-like digital assistant will be named “Cortana” after the blue holographic assistant from the Xbox flagship first-person shooter Halo. This personal assistant will be available on all Windows devices including mobile, PC and Xbox and is suspected of being a strong competitor in the field of digital assistance. WPCentral revealed this in a leak that indicated that Windows 8.1 will feature a new Notification Center, multi-tile select and more interesting design features to come with Microsoft’s updated operating system. Some of ZDNet’s sources seem to suggest that this technology will be able to...

  • PS4 will have Kinect-like voice recognition capabilities, confirms Sony

    A new day, a new next-gen console feature. It’s now been confirmed that PlayStation 4 will feature “Kinect-like voice capabilities” through its Eye camera peripheral. In conversation with Polygon today, a Sony spokesperson confirmed that the PlayStation Camera “allows for voice recognition and we will look forward to sharing more details in the lead up to the launch of PlayStation 4 on November 29″. What other “details” Sony’s referring to we don’t know. Playroom is a mode that lets you play around with quirky experimental features using the DualShock 4 and Eye camera. In the video presentation there’s also...

  • Ubi — the Kinect app that turns any surface into a touchscreen

    That’s right. Given the right equipment and Ubi Interactive‘s software, we can (and eventually will) play Angry Birds on our living room walls or go all-out Da Vinci or Banksy by making murals we can swipe away. With this touch-interactive projection software now available, we can use our Kinect to do all this and more. Pumping beats aside, the video shows how easily you could impress your colleagues during a presentation. If a dull click-button wasn’t enough for a boardroom meeting, you can now slide through your slideshow as it’s projected onto the table. Which it would be. With the projection...

  • Reversal of fortune: Xbox One doesn’t need Kinect to function, says Microsoft

    The Xbox One needed the new Kinect to work. Without it, the Xbox One would not work. Simple as that. In an unsurprising about-turn, Kinect can now be turned off, unplugged from the console and everything will still work as it should. In Marc Whitten’s words, “the console will still function if Kinect isn’t plugged in, although you won’t be able to use any feature or experience that explicitly uses the sensor.” Whitten, Microsoft’s VP of Xbox Live was interviewed by IGN and, as part of a Reddit-style Ask me Anything session, he dropped the details on the new Kinect-less...