Review Category : kinect

Microsoft revealed that it would sell a commercial version of a Kinect for Windows SDK to businesses from early in 2012 in an interview to FT.  Dennis Durkin, Xbox chief financial officer said that, “Once you bring down that price point, all of a sudden it opens up a bunch of new developer opportunities,” he said. As well as academic interest, Microsoft has been working on a pilot programme with more than 200 companies for use of the Kinect across 25 industries, from healthcare to education, advertising and the automotive industry. “It’s likely that many ‘killer apps’ will be developed within their respective fields,”. Kinect developer community is very active and already there are numerous commercial application available for sale without Microsoft’s permission. So the release of official SDK will further ignite Kinect development. via: Financial Times ...

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It has been a long time coming, but it seems Microsoft will soon offer voice control for the Xbox 360 in Australia, if this invitation being sent out the the media there is anything to go by.. Microsoft Australia invites you to experience entertainment. Join us as we share Microsoft’s vision for entertainment featuring natural user interfaces and the first eve Australian media preview of voice control on Kinect for xbox 360. Guests can get hands on with Microsoft’s entertainment products, including soon to be released Xbox 360 games and applications across television, pc and phones. At the event guests will receive a gift enabling them to experience the promise of voice control. Microsoft had earlier said they would enable this service by the end of the year, and appears to be delivering right on time, just before the lucrative holiday season. Read more at Techau.tv Thanks Dawookie for the ...

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Microsoft first showed us the concept of NuAds at Cannes Ad festival followed by the AdWeek conference. Now a famous ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi is planning to bring NuAds in action for consumers this Spring. What are NuAds ?? Advertisements that are supported by Kinect sensor along with Xbox 360 that allows you to interact with the ad. For example, Using voice commands, gamers will be able to send messages about an ad to a social networking site like Twitter by saying “Xbox Tweet.” Advertisers who want to send more information about a product or promotion associated with a campaign can prompt Xbox users to say “Xbox More,” For advertising tied to events like television shows, advertisers can prompt a user to say “Xbox Schedule” and the system will send a text message reminder to the user’s mobile phone. Similarly, advertisers can prompt users to say “Xbox Near Me” ...

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Xbox is partnering with Sesame Workshop and National Geographic for producing the next generation of television content which is interactive, live-action, Downloadable, linear episodes run like a normal television show. This new type of content allows children to play games with familiar characters and don virtual costumes that mold to their bodies and play around with the show’s environment. Microsoft is also working on a project called "Project Columbia,” which is a series of such children books. You can watch the video below to know more about this.   Read more on this project at Fast Company. ...

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ETRONIKA, a Lithuania based software company showed its work using Microsoft Kinect. Its software, a banking app and personal financial management app that can be accessed through gestures alone. Users can stand infront of their displays and wave their hands to select options and do more. Watch the video above and press release below for more details. Our future looks extremely cool ! ! !   Press Release: ETRONIKA Shows off Kinect Banking App ETRONIKA trot out future vision about internet banking by exhibiting personal finance management carried out at home, standing in front of TV screen, accomplishing bill payment or money transfer with hand gestures at international exhibition CTIA Enterprise & Applications 2011 which takes place in San Diego, also know as capital of Silicon Valley, USA. CTIA Enterprise & Applications – reflects the evolution of the industry and growing use of mobile technology in business, gather alongside 250 ...

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As analysts predicted earlier, Xbox 360 took the No. 1 console spot in the U.S. for the month September. This is not the first time for Xbox 360, they have done it for 15 of the past 16 months. Xbox is now holding 42% of the current generation gaming console product. The total retails spend rose to $534 million to leave its competitors in dust.  Holding 42 percent share of the overall current-generation console market, Xbox 360 sold 438,000 units in September, maintaining the number-one console spot in the U.S. for 2011. This marks the seventh consecutive month Xbox 360 has had more than 40 percent of the current-generation console market share. Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in September (hardware, software and accessories) reached $534 million, the most for any console in the U.S. and two times larger than the nearest competitor. During the month of September, Xbox ...

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  Microsoft announced the availability of Xbox LIVE Fall update preview program today. Major Nelson blogged about the details on the update and how they made the preview program signup process simpler. You no longer have to enter your Xbox details, its just a simple signup process. Once rolled out the update preview will have, •    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 You can signup for the preview here and find more details about it here.   ...

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Today Microsoft announced the acquisition of Twisted Pixel, the creative minds behind several Xbox LIVE Arcade games. This studio has developed games such as Xbox LIVE Arcade’s “Splosion Man” and Kinect for Xbox 360’s “The Gunstringer” and now as part of Microsoft Studios, they will continue to develop  game and entertainment offerings on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 platform. Press Release: Microsoft Studios Acquires Indie Game Developer Twisted Pixel Acclaimed studio behind Xbox LIVE Arcade’s “Splosion Man” and Kinect for Xbox 360’s “The Gunstringer” to incubate new game and entertainment experiences for Microsoft Studios.  As a step in continuing to deliver Microsoft Studios’ innovative game and entertainment offerings, Microsoft has announced the acquisition of Austin, Texas-based game developer Twisted Pixel, the creative minds behind Xbox LIVE Arcade titles such as “Splosion Man” and the recent Kinect for Xbox 360 title, “The Gunstringer.” From its beginnings in 2006 as independent studio developing award-winning Xbox ...

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Microsoft’s Kinect won two prestigious awards at T3 Awards 2011. Gadget of the Year and Gaming Gadget of the Year. They won gadget of the year award by competing with Apple iPad 2, Amazon Kindle ,Nintendo 3DS , Motorola Atrix, Samsung Galaxy S II, Apple iPhone 4, Virgin Media Tivo,  HTC Incredible S and Sony PlayStation Move . Also they won gaming gadget of the year against Sony and Nintendo. Gadget of the Year: This is it. The big one. Big like a supernova, a nuclear war, or Digby the Biggest Dog in the World. The Kinect is the fastest-selling consumer durable (not just gadget) of all time. It’s taken motion-controlled gaming and turbocharged it, putting you in the game like never before. With full-body tracking, facial and voice recognition, it’ll soon allow you to control everything in your digital world by waving, talking or gurning. In short, it’s not only an ...

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According to Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter, Xbox outsold both Sony and Nintendo in September sales of both hardware and software. He estimated that Microsoft sold 360,000 Xbox 360 units in the U.S. last month while Sony sold 260,000 PS3 units and Nintendo sold 190,000 Wii units. A similar case goes for the software numbers too. According to the estimates Xbox 360 software sales hit $306 million last month, easily eclipsing the PlayStation 3′s $165 million in sales. Nintendo Wii sales were falling low at $85 million during the month. So this is an another winning month for Xbox 360. Source: Cnet ...

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Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio is a set of tools that allows developers to control and simulate robots. It offers variety of tools to do so and it even supports Microsoft Kinect. Trevor from Microsoft blogged on this cool work his team member did with RDS. Watch the video above to know how he uses the telepresence robot. One of the Robotics Team members has a hobby — working on his telepresence robot that runs with RDS. He uses it to entertain his dog at home during the day while he is at work. (Watch the video and you will see how). But the dog is just an excuse for some serious robotics engineering. He also uses the robot to chat with his wife and young son, who is used to the robot roaming around the house during the day while daddy is at work. For this family, telepresence is just another ...

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Today Microsoft Research is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. Since its inception from 1991, MSR centers across world have contributed technology to numerous products from Microsoft. Microsoft Research was also the backbone of various disruptive technologies such as Kinect, Surface, etc. Peter Lee, MD of Microsoft Research Lab at Redmond on Microsoft Research, “My view is that Microsoft Research, as illustrious and as successful as it’s been—and it’s been hyper-successful; the recruiting power is massive, the quality of the researchers and the engineers here is unparalleled, and their work finds its way into products such as Windows, Office, Bing, and Xbox—even with all of that, it has only now grown up. The best and most important ideas are still to come. “That’s not so surprising. If you look at some of the great industrial research labs, like Bell Labs, as successful as they were from the start, it wasn’t until the third decade that really ...

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In a now mostly deleted web page, Bruce Kyle, ISV Architect Evangelist for Microsoft Corporation notes that Windows 8 will support “7” to 70” screens” and “Multiple Monitors & projectors “ The specific mention of 70 inch screens and projectors, and the rapid removal of the post suggests to me there may be something special for projectors in Windows 8, the most obvious being native Kinect integration in the OS, allowing the OS to be controlled from a distance hands-free. See the original post below, and the redacted one here. View the BUILD Windows Conference keynotes. Links to the streamed keynotes will be posted to http://www.buildwindows.com/ shortly before the event. The future of computing is here and On September 13th at //build/ in Anaheim, CA we will be taking a look at what the future holds as we discuss the details of Windows 8. Windows 8 represents the reimagining of ...

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  Its hard to believe there was a time when Microsoft was seen as a failing upstart in the game console arena, and a few years ago, when the Wii was dominant, it was even harder to believe Microsoft would the best selling console for 14 out of the last 15 months. The latest NPD figures for console sales in the US however goes to underline just how dominant Microsoft has become in that gaming arena, with the company having 40% of the market for the last 6 months, hitting 43% in August 2011, selling 308 thousand consoles. The Playstation 3 only sold 218 thousand, despite a $50 price cut, and even the Nintendo 3DS, despite its own massive price cut, at 235 thousand failed to outsell the Microsoft console. The full sales numbers are below. Xbox 360: 308K Nintendo 3DS: 235K PlayStation 3: 218K (-3.5%) Wii: 190K (-22.2%) Nintendo ...

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In the latest edition of Health Tech today, Jim Karkanias, Senior director for applied research technology in Microsoft’s Health Solutions Group is discussing the future of health care industry enabled by Kinect with Bill Crounse, MD Senior Director, Worldwide Health , Microsoft. He says that there is a paradigm shift in how we interact with computers and that is going to help both consumers and doctors in multiple ways. More about it here. ...

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The New York Times Co.’s R&D Lab has shown off its concept of the “magic mirror” which uses Microsoft’s Kinect motion-sensing technology to read physical cues from its user, using voice recognition technology to detect verbal cues and uses the the Times’ powerful APIs to serve up information on-demand The mirror can can be used to browse Times headlines, or watch Times videos, while you’re brushing your teeth. You can use it to schedule events on your personal calendar, or to shop online, or to exchange messages — from the classic “buy milk” on up — with other members of your household. The idea is just a concept at present, but like Microsoft’s Surface table is an extension of a natural user interface to non-traditional situations. Read more at Niemanlabs here. Via Neowin.net. ...

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