Review Category : kinect

Microsoft today announced the availability of Kinect for Windows SDK v1.0. Here are the changes from beta 2 release, Support for up to four Kinect sensors plugged into the same computer Significantly improved skeletal tracking, including the ability for developers to control which user is being tracked by the sensor Near Mode for the new Kinect for Windows hardware, which enables the depth camera to see objects as close as 40 centimeters in front of the device Many API updates and enhancements in the managed and unmanaged runtimes The latest Microsoft Speech components (V11) are now included as part of the SDK and runtime installer Improved “far-talk” acoustic model that increases speech recognition accuracy New and updated samples, such as Kinect Explorer, which enables developers to explore the full capabilities of the sensor and SDK, including audio beam and sound source angles, color modes, depth modes, skeletal tracking, and motor ...

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Microsoft is working to integrate Kinect into portable computers. According to The Daily, Microsoft currently even has a prototype from Asus which has Kinect sensors over the top. The Daily had a chance to check out a pair of prototypes incorporating Kinect sensors over the last few days. The devices, which at first glance appear to be Asus netbooks running Windows 8, feature an array of small sensors stretching over the top of the screen where the webcam would normally be. At the bottom of the display is a set of what appear to be LEDs. Kinect in PCs will enable tons of new scenarios right from new form of gaming to other fancy stuff such as gesture based Windows control, etc,. Read more at Daily.  ...

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According to The NPD Group, Microsoft today announced that its Xbox 360 ended 2011 as the most selling console in the U.S., outselling the second-place console by more than 2.7 million units.Xbox had a whooping 49 percent of consumer retail spending, with $6.7 billion in sales in the U.S. for the calendar year. Microsoft’s Xbox 360 sold more than 1.7 million units in December similar to that of November’s sales numbers. Hope Microsoft can keep the momentum going on ! ! Source: Microsoft Blog ...

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Microsoft today announced during its last CES keynote that it has sold over 66 million Xbox units and 18 million Kinect sensor units since its introduction. The interesting thing here to note is that, Microsoft announced sales of about 57 million at the end of last quarter. Doing the math, you will end up with a huge 10 million (approx) Xbox sold in this quarter alone. This is an incredible job by Microsoft. ...

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Microsoft today announced that the next wave of Xbox apps are now available for download. Following are the list of apps that are made available in marketplace today. · 4 on Demand (C4). United Kingdom · ABC iView (Australian Broadcasting Corp.). Australia · Dailymotion. Available in 34 countries globally** · Demand 5 (Five). United Kingdom · M6. France · MSN Video. France · UFC on Xbox LIVE (UFC). Canada, United States · VUDU (Wal-Mart). United States Source:  Major Nelson ...

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We all know the success story of Microsoft Kinect selling millions of units since its launch. But the real potential of Kinect is still to be explored. Microsoft on its part released the Kinect SDK for Windows to ramp up the development around Kinect. Yesterday, Microsoft posted a featured story showcasing how Microsoft Kinect helps doctors in hospitals to make stroke patients regain their movement. Doctors are using Kinect to help stroke patients regain movement. Surgeons are using it to access information without leaving the operating room and in the process sacrificing sterility. Healthcare workers are even using it to help with physical therapy and children with developmental disabilities or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). “Honestly, what we know about here at Microsoft is but a tiny fraction of what is actually going on,” said Bill Crounse, a medical doctor and Microsoft’s senior director of worldwide health, referring to medical ...

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Following the availability of YouTube Xbox app, Microsoft announced the availability of MSN Xbox app today. As every new Xbox app, MSN app also supports Kinect navigation support. This free app features, News Watch the latest national and international news from ITN and the Press Association; Sport reports and business. Entertainment Exclusive interviews with the latest reality stars, celeb gossip, the biggest trailers and music videos. Lifestyle Bite-sized video for Him and Her and exclusive reviews of the latest technology. Classic TV shows Our editors’ picks of the best TV you missed first time around. Enjoy a collection of classic drama, entertainment, comedy and documentaries. More details on this can be found here.  ...

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Today, Microsoft released the YouTube app for new Xbox Dashboard. The new YouTube app can be controlled by Kinect and it lets you to watch later, Subscriptions,  Playlists and Favorites. Even you can like / dislike a video in the new dashboard and can enable captions. Also description of the video can be read. More info soon. ...

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Disclaimer: This is an opinion piece, the thoughts of one person that may differ from yours. The much anticipated Xbox Live fall update is upon us and most of the early reviews conclude that the experience will be a game changer. I tried to read and watch as many videos reviews as possible and last night, I installed the update to experience first hand if the hype matched the reality. I really wanted to like it but in the end, I felt let down. I am puzzled by the rave reviews from even some of Microsoft’s most ardent critics. Its ironic how the one instance that I think they should have been bashed a little for, they got accolades instead. I’ll start with a little background. For all the technical abilities and knowledge I have acquired over the years, I never was blessed with fast thumbs or the abstract thinking ...

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Xbox 360 and Disney-Pixar are joining together to make a new Kinect title called ‘Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure‘ . The game will launch on the 12th March, 2012 for $49.99 in the US. Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure brings five beloved Disney-Pixar films to life like never before. Team up with characters from “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Up!,” “Cars” and “Toy Story” to race against time and solve time-based challenges without ever leaving your living room. Given the popularity of Disney-Pixar characters, I’m sure this game will gain traction among kids for sure when it gets released. Thanks Michael Gillett for the tweet. ...

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Microsoft today released its Xbox LIVE app for iOS platform. The app is similar in functionality to Xbox LIVE hub in Windows Phones. This free app will allow you to say connected to the Xbox LIVE community when you are away from you console. Some of the features include: Read and send messages to friends Manage your friends list, invite new friends Read and Edit your full LIVE profile (name, bio, motto) Change your avatar features/items with the avatar closet View and compare your achievement progress with friends You can download the app here from the Apple App Store.   I think Microsoft is giving away one of its exclusive apps on Windows Phone platform. May be Microsoft has a different strategy in mind  ! ! via: Major Nelson ...

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 Today Microsoft posted a blog post highlighting some stuff that will promote Xbox LIVE Indie games in new Xbox dashboard. Rating from the game library: There is a rating button for every game where a gamer can rate your game. Indie exposure in the game marketplace carousel: Navigating into the game marketplace in the games section, You can see Kotaku’s Favorites and Contest Finalists lists, as well as Indie Game specific New Releases and Most Popular lists. Bing search: Indie games are also included in Bing search results. Recommendations:Customers viewing a piece of content can now find recommendations for related games and content that might interest them. You can find more on this here. ...

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  After the initial delay for few hours, Microsoft has announced that Xbox 360 Dashboard update is now rolling out to all the eligible customers. Some customers may experience network error message, Microsoft is aware of this and is already working to resolve it. If update goes fine for you, you can enjoy the new Metro Styled dashboard with new Kinect enabled apps like Netflix, etc,. Update:  You can force your Xbox to get this new update by going to System Settings-> Network Settings-> Wired Network->Test Xbox LIVE Connection in your Xbox. You will be prompted to update your console.  If you have problem signing it, try to log in to Xbox.com on your PC and accept new terms and conditions (EULA) , then try on your console again. Hope it works ! ! Thanks David for the tip.. ...

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 Recently Microsoft announced that it sold more than 900,000 Xbox 360 units in single week last November. According to Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter, Microsoft outsold both Nintendo Wii and Sony’s Playstation b huge numbers. November U.S. Xbox 360 sales hit 1.44 million units, representing a 5 percent gain over the same period last year. Microsoft easily outsold both the Wii and PlayStation 3, which saw unit sales reach 1.05 million and 750,000 units, respectively. The Wii’s sales were down 17 percent year over year. More than hardware sales, amount spent by U.S. consumers  on Xbox 360 games rised to $675 million which is three times the amount spent on Nintendo and about $200 million more than Sony’s PlayStation. Source: CNET   ...

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Here is a roundup of first impressions on Xbox LIVE Dashboard update (Fall 2011) from various sites/blogs, The Verge: Overall, the new UI is a refreshing and much-needed update to 2008’s New Xbox Experience, itself the first major revision after its “Blades” interface from launch. Menu navigation is much quicker, the voice search overall picked up what we were saying, and as a bonus it now has more natural language input — you can now say “play Modern Warfare 3″ as opposed to “play disc,” for example. It wasn’t flawless, of course, but it makes a stronger case for Kinect’s microphone capabilities. The “hover hand” to wave open apps is still there, and yes, it’s still painful to the point of uselessness. Hey, at least it’s fun with The Gunstringer. The Engadget:  Pros Excellent, fun voice integration Sleek, intuitive “Metro” interface Comprehensive cross-catalog search Practical social features (Beacons) Cons Voice ...

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Microsoft is rolling out the new Xbox Dashboard update along with bunch of new entertainment services coming to Xbox LIVE service. These new services would bring customized, voice-controlled experiences to Xbox 360 systems. For example, you can voice search your catalogue on Hulu Plus, swipe your hand in the air to browse through your catalogue, etc,. Following are the services coming to Xbox LIVE tomorrow, late December and early 2012. Dec. 6: • EPIX. United States • ESPN on Xbox LIVE (ESPN). United States • Hulu. Japan • Hulu Plus. United States • LOVEFiLM. United Kingdom • Netflix. Canada, United States • Premium Play by (MediaSet). Italy • Sky Go (SkyDE). Austria, Germany • Telefónica España – Movistar Imagenio. Spain • TODAY (MSNBC). United States   Later in December: • 4 on Demand (C4). United Kingdom • ABC iView (Australian Broadcasting Corp.).  Australia • AlloCiné. France (AlloCiné), Germany (Filmstarts), Spain (Sensacine), ...

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