Review Category : kinect

Technet reports that the Kinect has found a use outside of simply games. Alex’s place, a Miami clinic treating children with cancer and blood disorders, is using the gadget to run interactive screens to entertain and distract children, and also help with their assessment. "As soon as they walk in, technology is embracing them," said Dr. Julio Barredo, chief of pediatric services at alex’s place in The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami Health Systems. Created by Snibbe Interactive, Character Mirror’s goal is to help reinforce patients’ mind-body connection with engaging play and entertainment, as well as to potentially reduce their fear of technology and the treatments they face. As an added benefit, nurses can observe a child’s natural range of movement during play and more easily draw out answers to key diagnostic questions. "I find the gestural interactive experiences we created for alex’s place in Miami among the ...

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It’s very difficult to track number of Black Friday deals on different websites which is cluttered with various other product deal which I’m not interested. Being in a Microsoft ecosystem, I decided to write a post about the deals which I find across the web. You can send us the deals you find through the comments section and contact us section. 1) Windows 8: Office Depot: Windows 8 Pro pack will be available for $29.99 on their terms. Actually, it will cost $49, $10 down from its regular price and a free MaxPerks Bonus Rewards which gives you an $30 credit you can shop at Office Max stores. Tiger Direct: Tiger Direct will sell Windows 8 Pro for $49. Xbox: Xbox 360 4GB bundle with Skylanders and one wireless controller for $199. Xbox 360 wireless controllers on sale for $39.96. Xbox 360 wireless headset for $25. All the above are from Walmart. Xbox 360 250GB ...

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We are pretty used to Kinect being used in motion capture of gross motions like that of limbs, but EPFL Computer Graphics and Geometry Laboratory has now also managed to extract fine facial motions from the camera data. The technology called Faceshift pulls data from the camera and uses a predictive model to match the stream with facial expressions.  The company has already released an SDK targeted at animators and game creators and the company is already awaiting the next version of the Kinect, which will allow even finer and more accurate expressions to be captured. Read more about the technology at Faceshift.com here. Via The Verge.com ...

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Coca Cola is running a great promotion in Korea, where they have a high tech vending machine rewarding good dancers with free cokes. Passers-by in shopping malls are challenged to repeat the moved of South Korea’s ultra popular boy band, 2 PM, and their success is measured by a hidden Kinect camera. The closer you come to perfection, the more likely you are to win a free Coke. The challenge seems to be drawing the crowds, if the video is anything to go by, and the machines may make their way to other locations, so look out for the beckoning dispenser in your local mall. Via Inquisitr.com ...

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Microsoft has revealed plans for an updated version of the Kinect for Windows runtime and software development kit, which includes support for Windows 8 as well as virtual-machine environments that run Windows. Arguably, the most impressive feature of the Kinect for Windows is the updated SDK, which enables colour camera settings and extended depth of the technology’s 3-D skeletal tracking capabilities to distances of greater than 4 metres, and objects as close as 40cm in front of the sensor, without any loss of accuracy or precision.  The sensor’s infrared stream is exposed in the API, therefore developers would be able to use IR when calibrating other colour cameras to the depth sensor or capturing grey-scale images in dim-lighting.  Moreover, the Kinect for Windows sensor now works when running in VM environments, available from: Microsoft, VMWare and Parallels. "Running inside of a VM will mean potentially the ability to be used ...

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Kinect for Windows team today announced that the Kinect for Windows hardware will be coming to China on Oct-6th and will be available in six additional markets later this fall: Chile, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, and Poland. Also the team is releasing Kinect for Windows SDK update with the following enhancements on Oct-6th. Enable businesses to do more with Kinect for Windows We are committed to opening up even more opportunities for the creation of new end user experiences. We’ll be adding features such as expanded sensor data access—including color camera settings and extended depth data—to continue to inspire innovative uses of the Kinect for Windows technology in new and different places. Improve developer efficiency We continue to invest in making our platform easier and more powerful for developers. That’s why we’ll be releasing more tools and samples in October, such as a new sample that demonstrates a “best ...

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Microsoft today announced a permanent price drop on Kinect sensor for Xbox. The new reduced price will be $109.99 in US. There will be also a permanently reduced price in North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific regions where Kinect is sold. On October 4, the Kinect sensor will be available for a permanently reduced price in Australia and New Zealand. Microsoft also specifically mentioned that there will be no price drops in EMEA and Japan regions. With the sales of the whole gaming industry in general is falling down, price drops of this kind should boost sales to some level. Source: Major Nelson ...

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Just like Windows Phone Marketplace has Xbox LIVE games, Windows Store in Windows 8 will have “Xbox Windows” branded games with Achievements support. Windows 8 will come with classic games such as Solitaire Collection, Minesweeper and Microsoft Mahjong that will offer up to 50 Gamerscores. Even 3rd party games like Wordament will come with “Xbox Windows” branding. Apart from Achievements support, Windows 8 will also have Xbox Smart Glass App, Xbox Avatar support, etc,. Source: Xbox 360 Achievements via: Eurogamer ...

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Microsoft is now allowing users to sign up for 2012 Xbox LIVE Update Public Beta. As part of this program, 2012 Xbox LIVE update will be pushed out to your console that will include E3 announced dashboard features including: Internet Explorer on Xbox Recommendations Pins to customize your Xbox dashboard More details here. ...

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Microsoft has sent information on the venue for its today’s mystery event to the press. The event will be held at Milk Studios, Hollywood. This is the first time in the recent past that Microsoft has created so much hype and interest among the press. People have no clue about what Microsoft is going to announce. The wild guesses ranges from Yammer deal to Xbox Surface tablet. We are approximately 6 hours away from the start of the event. Are you excited ?? Image Credit: Yelp ...

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LOS ANGELES — June 4, 2012 — At the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) today, Microsoft Corp. and NIKE Inc. ushered in a new era of home fitness, unveiling “Nike+ Kinect Training” only on Kinect for Xbox 360. Featuring Nike trainers who work with some of the company’s top athletes, “Nike+ Kinect Training” is a custom training program rooted in elite Nike fitness and specifically designed to help athletes of all levels reach their potential in the comfort of their own homes. Whatever your fitness goal, “Nike+ Kinect Training” will give you the tools to get you there. Through the magic of Kinect, the personal trainers within the experience can see how your body moves, assess your physical strengths and athleticism, identify areas for improvement, and create a personalized workout plan to help you achieve your personal best. With real-time feedback to make sure positions and movements are correct, the “Nike+ ...

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At E3 today, Microsoft announced NBA, NHL and ESPN sports content coming to Xbox LIVE service in Xbox 360. • NBA Game Time with NBA.com League Pass Broadband (U.S.) and NBA League Pass (outside of the U.S.). Fans who subscribe to NBA.com League Pass Broadband will have access to hundreds of out of market live games (blackout restrictions apply in the U.S. and some international markets), plus highlights from around the league and up to the minute stats of your favorite players. •  NHL GameCenter LIVE™ (Worldwide except Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden). Hockey fans will be able to enjoy every moment of the live action as it happens on the ice, with live games (out-of-market and blackout restrictions apply), more in-game interactivity, and replays and highlights on demand any time. •  ESPN (U.S.). Later this year fans will enjoy 24/7 live programming through WatchESPN from ESPN Networks – ESPN, ESPN ...

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The long awaited Amazon Video app for Xbox 360 is now available for download. All videos you’ve purchased or have currently rented from Amazon are now available on your Xbox 360.  If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can also stream the entire Prime Instant Video library on your Xbox 360. Amazon Prime: Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers who are also Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to over 17,000 Prime Instant Videos at no additional cost. Learn about the benefits of an Amazon Prime Membership Your Video Library: Anything you buy from Amazon Instant Video will be available in Your Video Library on your Xbox 360.  Just visit the Amazon Instant Video store online, and shop from a library of over 120,000 movies and TV episodes. Your Watchlist: From your Xbox or from the web, you can organize your viewing with Your Watchlist. Add any title to Your Watchlist, and enjoy when you’re ...

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As announced few months before, Microsoft today released its Kinect for Windows SDK v1.5. The new SDK version features many new items such as Skeletal Tracking, Face tracking, Seated Skeletal tracking and other improvements that will allow developers to create apps on Kinect more accurately and easily. Changes since v1, The Kinect for Windows v1.5 SDK, driver, and runtime are 100% compatible with Kinect for Windows v1.0 application binaries. As of this release, the SDK has been divided into a core SDK and a developer toolkit. These are two separate installs. Kinect Studio is a new tool which allows you to record and playback Kinect data to aid in development. For example: A developer writing a Kinect for Windows application for use in a shopping center, can record clips of users in the target environment and then replay those clips at a later time for development and test purposes. Skeletal ...

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The reports about Microsoft offering Xbox 360 under contract seems to be true. You can now buy a Xbox 360 4GB console with Kinect for just $99 under two year contract. The contract for two year would require you to pay $14.99 for Xbox LIVE gold subscription. This is a great deal for a family looking for an entertainment hub. The offer so far appears to be only at Microsoft brick and mortar stores, but you can expect them soon via other stores as well. Find it here from Microsoft Store website.  ...

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As Comcast promised us few weeks ago that its Xfinity customers with an Xbox 360 would have access to HBO Go this week, it delivered on its promise. You can now find HBO Go app in Video apps marketplace on Xbox 360 and enjoy your Hollywood Box Office Content. Its always good to see more and more content coming to Xbox 360 turning it into an entertainment hub. Source: Microsoft ...

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