Review Category : kinect

Microsoft has announced their biggest sales week ever, moving 960,000 Xbox 360s in just one week, and 800,000 within 24 hours in the Black Friday sales. The 960,000 Xbox 360s were accompanied by more than 750,00 Kinect sensors, either stand-alone or bundled. Entering its 7th year of sales, Microsoft anticipates that the Xbox 360 should deliver its eleventh straight month as the number one console in the US. Based on its robust holiday portfolio and the new Xbox LIVE dashboard going live on Dec. 6th, Microsoft expects holiday momentum to continue, driving Xbox 360 to finish the year as the number one console in the U.S., a crown it lost last year to the rapidly fading Wii. Microsoft now has 75 Kinect titles and will also be bringing hard-hitting exclusives such as “Gears of War 3,” “Forza Motorsport 4” and “Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary” to the party this Christmas season. ...

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Next Generation Kinect from Microsoft will be able to read lips of the consumers and even detect emotions of the gamers, according to report from Eurogamers. Kinect 2 can track the pitch and volume of player voices and facial characteristics to measure different emotional states. Kinect 2, however, can feed the next Xbox more information, and thus a higher resolution CCD [charge-coupled device]. “It can be cabled straight through on any number of technologies that just take phenomenally high res data straight to the main processor and straight to the main RAM and ask, what do you want to do with it?” our source said. According to a Digital Foundry report on GamesIndustry.biz, the first is a “pared down machine” to be released as cheaply as possible. It is likened to a set-top box, and will act as a Kinect-themed gaming portal. The second is a “more fully-featured machine” with optical drive, ...

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Yesterday, Industrygamers did an exclusive post on how PlayStation Move is catching up on Kinect. I completely disagree with their analysis. Kinect quickly reached 8 million sold in 60 days and then hit the 10 million mark, but that was back in March. Meanwhile, Sony’s Move has been selling at a slightly steadier clip and has recently reached the 9 million mark. As IndustryGamers’ Steve Peterson points out in his special on Kinect, “The Kinect’s weakness has been the sales pattern, where 8 million devices sold in 2 months, and then in the next 10 months only 2 million more devices were sold. This has led to some concerns.” First comparing 8 month old Kinect stat with PlayStation Move’s latest stat is stupid. Also its important to know that Kinect is a single accessory when compared it to Sony’s Move which needs a sensor, and two controllers. So Sony have sold ...

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Microsoft has pretty big agenda planned for Kinect than we thought. A day before Microsoft announced that Kinect hardware specially designed for Windows PC’s is coming early next year. Now The Daily reports that, according to their sources Microsoft is planning to integrate Kinect in to next generation of TV’s. They are even in talks with manufacturers like Sony, Vizio, etc. Microsoft is planning to integrate its Kinect motion sensor into next-generation television sets, The Daily has learned. Sources familiar with the subject told The Daily that the tech giant wants to aggressively push the Kinect into as many living rooms as possible, even those without its Xbox 360 gaming systems. Microsoft is said to be in the early stages of licensing its Kinect technology to television hardware manufacturers like Vizio and Sony. If this turns out to be true, Kinect will become more and more mainstream opening up the possibilities ...

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Microsoft today announced that it will deliver the Xbox LIVE Dashboard update to consumers on Dec-6th. Last month Microsoft begun the beta testing of the new dashboard update that’s designed with Metro Design Language in mind. The revamped Dashboard also enabled improved navigation, online game storage, new kinect based experiences, etc. So, get ready folks. Its December-6th. ...

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Microsoft has partnered with Novotel, a hotel group which has close to 400 hotels and resorts in 60 countries to create a “Hotel Room of the Future”. Experience something completely new at Novotel Paris Vaugirard. Technological innovations and new experiences are all packed into this unique room that won’t last, where you can relax and rest, and be surprised too. This new hotel  “Room 3120″ concept at the Novotel Vaugirard Montparnasse in Paris contains technology from Microsoft including Kinect, Xbox, Surface, etc,. They are targetting at both business travellers and families to book this room of future with €199 a night, room for up to 2 adults and 2 children under 16. You can book the room here.   Hit the source and via links for more details and galleries, Via: istartedsomething.com Source: Australian Business Traveller  ...

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Microsoft is giving out free bacon to anyone who ask just outside the Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle. What’s the reason behind it ? Microsoft is doubling the size of its Kinect Engineering team in Redmond from 35 to 70. So it hired an ad agency Wexley School. The ad agency did this campaign, with the tagline “Wake up and Smell the Future.” by giving away free bacon strips ! ! Read more on this at the source link. Source/Image Credit: Seattle Times ...

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Microsoft recently announced a new startup program for new ideas based on Microsoft Kinect. Microsoft is partnering with TechStars to operate the program. The program will offer an investment of $20,000, an Xbox development kit, the Windows Kinect SDK, office space, all the resources of BizSpark, technical training and support, and mentorship from entrepreneurs, investors and Microsoft executives intensely focused on making their business a success. If you are a developer or existing team/startup focused on building a business that takes advantage of the Kinect and Natural User Interface technologies, then the Kinect Accelerator is where you need to be. Through this program, Microsoft is supporting entrepreneurs, engineers and innovators like you to bring to life a wide range of business ideas that leverage the limitless possibilities Kinect enables. Following a competitive screening process, ten finalists will be chosen for this unique three month incubation program running from March to ...

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After the series of rumors about Xbox 720 codenamed ‘Loop’ that it will be announced at CES 2012, Halo series director Frank O’Connor has dismissed all the speculations that the next version of Halo will be released on Xbox 360. “Halo 4 will be on Xbox 360 and use a modified core of the Halo engine(s). Not really a singular engine since it goes through fairly radical evolutions all the time,” Xbox ‘Loop’/720 was rumored to feature six-core CPU and dual-GPU hardware setup. You can read about the hardware specs and CES 2012 launch date speculations here. After Frank’s above comment on online forums, many started speculating that “just because it’ll be on the 360 doesn’t mean it won’t be on the 720″ .. Whatever, I want to see Xbox 720 ASAP ! ! ! via: IBTimes   ...

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We all know that Xbox platform is having great momentum in both hardware and games sales but there is an another service associated with it called Xbox LIVE which provides bunch of entertainment services right from gaming to video streaming. Robin Burrowes, Head of Marketing of Xbox LIVE at Microsoft has revealed some stats about Xbox LIVE service. Microsoft is now adding a new Xbox LIVE member every 2 seconds. It now has a total of 35 million users, with an astonishing 15 million joining in the last year alone. That’s a pretty impressive number ! ! ...

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NPD Group released its monthly console market sales numbers which revealed that Xbox is continuing its lead in the console market. Its also important to note that Xbox 360 is doing this in the past 16 of 17 months. Its an incredible momentum that drives more and more sales. Holding 44 percent share of the overall current-generation console market, Xbox 360 sold 393,000 units in October, maintaining the number-one console spot in the U.S. for 2011. This marks the eighth consecutive month Xbox 360 had more than 40 percent of the current-generation console market share. · Xbox 360 unit sales grew 21 percent year over year in October, and it was the only current-generation console showing double-digit growth. · Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in October (hardware, software and accessories) reached $490 million, the most for any console in the U.S. · During the month of October, ...

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Microsoft today announced that Xbox LIVE Dashboard preview is available for all the beta testers. The new Xbox LIVE Dashboard update will bring the following new features, •    New design for integrated Kinect and controller navigation •    New Beacons to play online with friends •    Deeper Facebook integration •    New Cloud Storage for Game Saves and Xbox LIVE Profile Go to connect.microsoft.com for more details on how to register your console for beta test, etc. ...

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When we are excited about the official Kinect SDK beta release from Microsoft, a company called Evoluce which deals with large touchscreen PC’s, screens in releasing its own version of Kinect SDK. They even announced that commercial version of Kinect SDK is also coming. Press Release: Evoluce SDK for Kinect released The Evoluce SDK for Kinect and Windows 7 is now available and enables developers to create noncommercial applications with a natural user experience. The SDK uses depth sensing information like human motion tracking from devices like the Microsoft Kinect sensor and Asus Xtion Pro. Users will benefit from easy and intuitive applications in areas like events and exhibitions, education, digital signage and healthcare. The free Evoluce SDK for Kinect can be downloaded today at http://www.evoluce.com/_win-and-i/en/software/sdk-for-kinect/index.php The Evoluce SDK includes high-quality technical documentation and several samples like the demo application “Motor Sport”. This sample shows how users can navigate through ...

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Bill Gates gave a talk on power of Natural User Interfaces on his birthday at University of Washington. He said Kinect is a transformational technology and a  technical achievement. On the Gates Notes, he wrote on Kinect as the following, Kinect is much more than just a cool video game technology—it is the most advanced example of a wave of new advances that are enabling people to interact with technology in entirely new ways. One of the most important current trends in digital technology is the emergence of natural user interface, or NUI. We’ve had things like touch screen and voice recognition for a while now. But with Kinect, we are seeing the impact when people can interact with technology in the same ways that they interact with each other. via: Next at Microsoft ...

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Adding further endorsement to using the Kinect sensor to develop for Windows, Microsoft has launched their Kinect for Windows Website. The site provides a central location for tool downloads, developer resources, and documentation for the sensor, and encourages students, educators and scientists to take up the challenge of bringing projects using the sensor to life. Read more at KinectforWindows.org ...

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This week will mark the one year anniversary of Microsoft Kinect, the electronic peripheral which revolutionized the way people experience entertainment. Microsoft is celebrating this with a new website called Kinect Effect. It showcases things that are possible with Kinect and many others. Check it out. Microsoft also announced that it will release Kinect for Windows SDK commercial licence n early 2012. ...

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