Review Category : kinect

Microsoft recently released an update to the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 to developers. This update contains important product improvements that add up to a more stable and feature-rich product. This updated SDK lets developers get serious about finalizing your applications for commercial deployment and, later this year, for availability in the Windows Store. With the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and SDK 2.0 public preview, you get more of the precision, responsiveness, and intuitive capabilities you need to develop interactive applications that respond to movements, gestures, and voice commands. The v2 sensor and SDK deliver key features and enhancements that enable you to build applications that understand humans, objects, and their environments better, including: Improved skeletal hand and joint orientation Higher depth fidelity 1080p HD video Support for new development environments New active infrared capabilities Source: Microsoft ...

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  A new program on Xbox Fitness now features Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. This is available exclusively on Xbox One today and you can work out with Russell Wilson for free with your Xbox Live Gold membership. With this program, Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson will get you ready for any game. With this high intensity interval training program, you’ll work on Power, Agility, Strength, and Speed. The program features 40- and 20-second-long energetic bursts of drill-styled exercises to give you maximum results in minimum time. Russell and his team will motivate you to be your best and reach your peak. Russell has two unique workouts with his team, expert coaching, and crowd-rocking, whistle-blowing music. You can choose to do the workouts in any order, which have been designed to stay challenging by progressing with you as you get fitter! Microsoft is planning to add more fitness content from some of the world’s best ...

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At SIGGRAPH 2014, Microsoft Research demoed several new projects they have been working on. One of them was the controllable high-fidelity 3D facial performance transfer. For example, you can transfer your facial expressions to a dog’s face. Recent technological advances in facial capture have made it possible to acquire high-fidelity 3D facial performance data with stunningly high spatial-temporal resolution. This paper introduces a novel facial expression transfer and editing technique for high-fidelity facial performance data. The key idea of our approach is to decompose high-fidelity facial performances into high-level facial feature lines, large-scale facial deformation and fine-scale motion details and transfer them appropriately to reconstruct the retargeted facial animation in an efficient optimization framework. This project was among Microsoft Research’s contributions to SIGGRAPH 2014. Read more about it at MSR. ...

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Have you ever thought of playing your favorite game with a character that looks like you?  Wouldn’t it be great if you could create a fully animated 3D game character that was a recognizable version of yourself? Microsoft’s Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and Fuse from Mixamo is now making it possible. With no prior knowledge of 3D modelling, you can create a fully animated version of you, ready to insert into selected games and game engines. How does it work? The magic begins with the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor. You simply pose in front of the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor while its 1080p high-resolution camera captures six images of you: four of your body in static poses, and two of your face. With its enhanced depth sensing—up to three times greater than the original Kinect for Windows sensor—and its improved facial and body tracking, the v2 sensor captures your body in ...

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The developers behind popular Kickstarter project Haptix is now back with a product called Touch+. Touch+ is a successor to Haptix and costs just $75. Touch+ is a small and sleek bar that turns any surface into a multitouch controller for your PC or laptop. Touch+ contains two cameras that track the 3D positions of your fingers and allow you to use multitouch by detecting the height of your fingers. It also enables gesture shortcuts by detecting the hand gestures you make.  You can use this 3D tracking device to tap, swipe, or zoom on any surface while seeing your fingers on the screen. You can order the sensor here from Ractiv. via: Engadget ...

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Microsoft recently announced the launch of the Kinect for Windows v2 public preview and also released SDK for it. Since the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 public preview will run only on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 64-bit systems, Mac OS users won’t be able to develop Kinect based apps. However, Microsoft offers two different approaches for Mac OS users to use Kinect for Windows development. Install Windows to the Mac’s hard drive, or Install Windows to an external USB 3.0 drive. Due to the requirements for full USB 3.0 bandwidth and GPU Shader Model 5 (DirectX 11), virtualization products such as VMWare Fusion, Parallels Desktop, or Oracle VirtualBox are not supported. The first option can be done through Apple’s Bootcamp option which is available on all Mac devices. The second one is done through the new Windows To Go feature in Windows 8.1. Read the detailed step by step instructions ...

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Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia which serves about 100,000 students is a leader in digital education. Recently, they have built Jerry Falwell Library, a $50 million, state-of-the-art facility that opened to rave reviews. When you enter in to this library, you will be greeted by a huge visual display called Media Wall which measures 24 feet by 11 feet, composed of 198 interactive tiles that are controlled by three Kinect for Windows sensors. They are using this Media Wall to display animated visualizations of photos submitted, via social media, by Liberty students and staff. Since Kinect sensor can detect gestures, library visitors to use gestures to grab the photos and reveal details about what’s being depicted. In order to meet the challenge of providing interaction across the entire width of the wall, Liberty teamed up with InfoStrat, a Kinect for Windows partner located in Washington, D.C., to develop the visualizations and create a custom service that enables ...

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Last week we reported that, at Comic-Con International: San Diego happening from July 24-27, Microsoft Xbox has planned for lots of events to attend and games to play at the show. The events will offer first look of Halo: Nightfall live-action digital series, first glimpse at “Atari: Game Over,” and more. You can read more about it here. At Xbox Lounge, there will be over 85 gaming stations featuring more than 25 different Xbox One games, The Xbox Lounge is a must-visit for any gaming fan at SDCC. We’ll also be hosting tournaments, special guest appearances and signings, and photo ops with Halo, Dragon Age Inquisition and Evolve. Complimentary phone charging stations and a lounge atmosphere mean there’s something for everyone.   Also, they are giving away custom Xbox One consoles. You could win a gorgeously designed Xbox One that’ll make you the envy of your friends, just by stopping by the Lounge and ...

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Xbox Fitness is one of the main advantage of buying Microsoft’s Xbox One console over Sony PS4. Today, Microsoft announced that Gatorade Sports Performance, a new training program from Gatorade will be available exclusively through Xbox Fitness which will offer athletes actual workouts from the pros. First up in the program is Football Training Camp. Workout alongside JJ Watt, defensive end for the Houston Texans, as he takes you through his football workout routines to improve your performance on the field. Training with JJ will help boost your stamina, agility, strength and ability to recover with workouts designed to focus on each specific attribute. Best of all, you can train with JJ for free on Xbox Fitness starting tomorrow, July 18. The Gatorade Sports Performance training program offers a resource to supplement organized practices and games. The workouts can be completed in the convenience of your own home, at any ...

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In May, Microsoft announced a new Xbox One SKU at a lower price point that will start at $399. The only difference is that you won’t get Kinect sensor with it. This SKU was made available in all markets where Xbox One is currently on sale. Xbox Marketing Director Harvey Eagle recently said during a talk attended by TrustedReviews that they are seeing increasing sales momentum for Xbox One in the past weeks. Today, Microsoft confirmed the same by officially announcing that over the past month, they have seen a strong spike in interest in Xbox One console options, including the new $399 offering. In fact, since the new $399 Xbox One on June 9th, sales of Xbox One more than double in the US, compared to sales in May, and solid growth in Xbox 360 sales. We’re excited to welcome so many fans to Xbox this summer and we can’t wait for them ...

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Microsoft today announced that they have began shipping thousands of Kinect for Windows v2 sensors to developers worldwide. Also, they have released a preview version of the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0. Microsoft was testing Kinect for Windows v2 sensor with no.of developers in private preview for months, one of them is Disney Entertainment. Disney has created a virtual reality game based on Kinect to promote their upcoming animated comedy-adventure feature film Planes 2: Fire & Rescue which is releasing in August. The game lets fans of all ages take on the role of the film’s firefighting planes, Dusty and Dipper, as they race to protect Piston Peak National Park. The Kinect-powered experience does more than just control Dusty and Dipper—it lets players virtually become Dusty and Dipper, using body gestures to control the planes. Players’ arms become wings, and as they swoop and sway, their firefighting avatars execute aerial ...

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Last year, Microsoft started delivering the Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview kits to thousands of participants.  The Developer Preview included a pre-release Kinect for Windows v2 sensor, access to the new generation Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK), as well as ongoing updates and access to private program forums. Microsoft also announced that participants will also receive a Kinect for Windows v2 sensor when they become available next summer (northern hemisphere). Last month, Microsoft announced that Kinect for Windows v2 sensors are available for pre-order. The Kinect for Windows v2 sensor gives developers more of the precision, responsiveness, and intuitive capabilities they need to develop interactive voice and gesture-based applications. Today, they have began shipping thousands of Kinect for Windows v2 sensors to developers worldwide. Also, they have released a preview version of the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0. The new sensor’s key features include: Improved skeletal tracking: ...

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Last year, Microsoft announced that all Xbox One retail units can be used as dev kits in the future so that anyone can become a Xbox developer. During ID@Xbox program launch, Microsoft said, “As part of our vision for enabling everyone with an Xbox One to be a creator, we absolutely intend to enable people to develop games using their retail kits. Right now, though, you still need a development kit! We provide two kits to everyone in the registered developer program. Additional kits, if needed, can be purchased.” Again during the console launch, then Xbox VP Marc Whitten explained to Engadget as the following, “It’s more of a timeframe thing. The vision of how the service and the console work together, how your console can be a dev kit, is a core part of the vision. It’s how we built a ton of the architecture. But moving from a ...

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Last year, Microsoft started delivering the Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview kits to thousands of participants.  The Developer Preview included a pre-release Kinect for Windows v2 sensor, access to the new generation Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK), as well as ongoing updates and access to private program forums. Microsoft also announced that participants will also receive a Kinect for Windows v2 sensor when they become available next summer (northern hemisphere). Last month, Microsoft announced that Kinect for Windows v2 sensors are available for pre-order. The Kinect for Windows v2 sensor gives developers more of the precision, responsiveness, and intuitive capabilities they need to develop interactive voice and gesture-based applications. Now, Microsoft Store listing reveals that Kinect for Windows sensor will ship on July 15th. The Kinect for Windows v2 sensor gives developers more of the precision, responsiveness, and intuitive capabilities they need to develop interactive voice- and ...

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The Kinect for Windows team recently conducted a hackathon in partnership with NUI Central. The hackathon went on for 27-hours and the participants were focused on developing applications and experiences using the upcoming Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and SDK 2.0. The event had around 100 participants from around the world. Kinect for Windows team revealed that developers have shown tremendous interest in the experimental near-field firmware that turns the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor into a near-field device that can be used at close range (from 10cm to 1m). Find out the top three teams from the hackathon below, First place: lightspeed. Their application, called K4B, used a Kinect for Windows v2 sensor to scan large ceiling spaces in order to map HVAC and electrical details so that renovators can get accurate, detailed as-built measurements. Second place: adabiits. Their application, Thing T. Thing, included a robotic hand that waves ...

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Back in April, Microsoft announced that they are launching Xbox One in China in September. Thanks to the partnership with BesTV, Xbox One will also be the first system of its kind to launch in China. Launching Xbox One in China is a significant milestone for both Microsoft and for the industry. Today, Chinese online electronics site Zol.com posted an image showing that Xbox One will cost around 4500 RMB in China. 4999 RMB is about $800! Yes, China will have to pay more the console even though it was manufactured locally due to their taxing structure. Kotaku claims that this is just the expect price of the unit, Zol and the rest of Chinese media are citing one webpage, a webpage that Kotaku’s been unable to access, as the source of the 4999 RMB price point. Looking at the screen capture, the 4999 RMB price tag might just be the ...

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