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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Microsoft first revealed SmartGlass in 2012 and since then the app has evolved a lot. With the launch of Xbox One SmartGlass, users were given the ability to control lots of their console functions from their mobile devices. Recently, Microsoft even added the ability to buy games from SmartGlass apps. To promote the usage of Xbox One SmartGlass app, Microsoft is running a sweepstakes where you can win a Microsoft Surface Pro 3, an Xbox One + Kinect, an Xbox Live Gold membership for decade* and more. In addition to downloading Xbox One SmartGlass, you can increase your chance of winning by doing the following activities. i. Connect the SmartGlass App to your Xbox One: During the Promotion Period, follow the links and instructions to connect the SmartGlass App to your Xbox One console. ii. View your game progress for one (1) game: During the Promotion Period, follow the links ...

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China Telecom, the third largest mobile operator in China yesterday revealed that it has become the exclusive network operator in China to sell Microsoft’s Xbox One system. China Telecom will also sell Xbox One through all its sales channels. 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 both Microsoft and for the industry. The culture of games and entertainment is rapidly growing in China, with nearly half a billion people playing games – roughly a third of the country’s population and more than the entire population of North America. The gaming industry saw massive growth in the last year – generating more than $13 billion in 2013, an increase of 38% in the ...

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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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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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Today, Oculus announced that they are planning to acquire the Carbon Design team, one of the premier industrial design and product engineering teams in the industry. Carbon Design has designed the popular products like Xbox 360 controller, Original Kinect, Microsoft Touch mouse and more. “A few seconds with the latest Oculus prototypes and you know that virtual reality is for real this time. From a design and engineering perspective, building the products that finally deliver consumer virtual reality is one of the most interesting and challenging problem sets ever. This is an entirely open product category. With consumer VR at its inception, the physical architectures are still unknown — We’re on the cutting edge of defining how virtual reality looks, feels, and functions. We’re incredibly excited to be part of the team and we’re looking forward to helping design the future.” - Peter Bristol, Creative Director at Carbon Design Source: Oculus ...

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Microsoft this month released an updated Xbox One SDK for developers which gave developers access to more GPU bandwidth, there by enabling more performance for their games. This new SDK update is making it possible for developers to access additional GPU resources previously reserved for Kinect and system functions. Microsoft today clarified few things regarding this XDK. They confirmed that system level voice commands such as Xbox On will continue to work during games even with this new update. Xbox Wire: What features are lost if developers use the extra GPU performance? Kareem: Kinect Depth and infrared sensors which enable biometric sign-in skeletal tracking, controller pairing, etc. will no longer work for these game titles.  Developers can choose to disable Kinect depth and infrared sensing in different parts of their titles.  The full Kinect experience including skeletal tracking is automatically re-enabled when the user switches back to Home (or other applications), even while in ...

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Microsoft today announced that Kinect Sports Rivals users can now shows their national spirit by using the newly available 39 different national kits in the game. To join in the “Kinect Sports Rivals: Summer of Sport”, head to your “Kinect Sports Rivals” locker room and find 39 different national kits. You can choose the nation’s team kit of your choice and compete across all six sports, earning bonus fans for your country along the way. To earn even more fans for your nation, compete in “Kinect Sports Rivals” Challenges. You’ll also be able to participate in a challenge to win an exclusive Xbox One soccer ball. But you’ll have to hurry! This prize is only available for a limited time. This nation kit program is available only from today till July. So, hurry up! To fully experience the “Kinect Sports Rivals: Summer of Sport,” make sure to download the “Kinect ...

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Recently, we covered a key patent Microsoft filed for its eye-wear represented in the patent application as before. According to leaked Xbox documents, Microsoft is expected to reveal their AR glasses for games this year. We didn’t hear anything from Microsoft on this front from E3, so there is a possibility that the project got delayed due to some reasons. Today, WPDang reported that Microsoft’s augmented reality project is currently put on hold. According to their sources, the issue is related to patent licensing. The key patents related to Kinect sensor are limited to their current purpose and cannot be used for these glasses. Bing translated content from WPDang, But recently, the WPDang learned through their own channels, users who expect the Xbox virtual glasses may be disappointed. In current Microsoft Xbox team‘s internal plans, has canceled plans to the glasses, actually related development and without any problem, the main ...

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With Xbox One, customers can make use of the Kinect sensor to control their Xbox One console with voice. One of the basic command available for users is “Xbox On”. If an user tells “Xbox On”, Xbox One will wake up from sleep. Microsoft has recently released a new TV ad featuring Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul in which the actor will be using this command to switch on his console. The strange thing now is that Kinect sensor recognizes Aaron Paul’s “Xbox On” from TV ad as a genuine command from its owner and getting switched on by itself. Lots of users experienced this case yesterday and tweeted about it. OMG AN XBOX TV AD JUST TURNED MY XBOX ON! THE MACHINES HAVE BECOME SELF-AWARE!! SAVE YO-SELVES!!! — Leighboi (@leighboi) June 12, 2014 Read more about it below. via: Neowin ...

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At Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) today, Microsoft unveiled a spectacular lineup of games from some of the world’s best game studios. This holiday season on Xbox One, there will be games like “Halo: The Master Chief Collection,” as well as highly anticipated exclusives such as “Sunset Overdrive,” “Forza Horizon 2,” “Fable Legends” and “Dance Central Spotlight.” Microsoft just spoke about games in the whole 90 minutes event. Find the lineup of games for Xbox below, “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” (343 Industries, Microsoft Studios). “Assassin’s Creed Unity” (Ubisoft, Ubisoft). “Phantom Dust” (Microsoft Studios). “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” (Sledgehammer Games, Activision). “D4:Dark Dreams Don’t Die” (Access Games, Microsoft Studios). “Dance Central Spotlight” (Harmonix Music Systems, Microsoft Studios). “Dragon Age: Inquisition” (BioWare, Electronic Arts). “Evolve” (Turtle Rock Studios, 2K). “Fable Legends” (Lionhead Studios, Microsoft Studios). “Forza Horizon 2” (Playground Games, Turn 10 Studios, Microsoft Studios). “Forza Motorsport 5” (Turn 10 Studios, ...

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Microsoft last month announced a new Xbox One SKU that will start at $399. The only difference is that you won’t get Kinect sensor with it. This SKU will be made available in all markets where Xbox One is currently on sale. Our new Xbox One offering will continue to deliver access to the best blockbuster games like “Titanfall,” “Call of Duty: Ghosts,” “Forza Motorsport 5,” “Dead Rising 3,” and the upcoming “Watch Dogs,” “Destiny” and “Sunset Overdrive.” You will also be able to access popular entertainment apps, such as Twitch, YouTube, and Netflix, as well as watch live TV and use OneGuide. Finally, you will continue to be able to use many of the unique features of Xbox One including the ability to get game invites while you watch TV, switch between games and entertainment apps, enjoy Twitch broadcasts, and upload your favorite gaming moments. You can pre-order this ...

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Based on previous reports, we already know that Microsoft is working on a smartwatch. The smartwatch will work with iPhones, Android and Windows devices. It will continuously measure heart rate through the day and night and will offer up to two days of battery life. Today, Gearlive.com claimed that they have seen the device in person, and it was similar to Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit in appearance. The device will include heart rate monitor, accelerometer, gyroscope, GPS, and a galvanic skin response sensor all built-in. The report even claims that Microsoft might make announcement about this device at E3 tomorrow. The Motely Fool even reports that Microsoft has already announced the Smartwatch, Microsoft just announced that it is developing a smartwatch that can monitor a user’s heart rate with a battery that lasts for up to two days. The watch will be compatible with Windows Phone, Apple iOS, and Google ...

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Microsoft originally announced Kinect as Project Natal at E3 few years back. It was an add-on accessory for Xbox 360 that allowed users to enjoy motion sensing games. It went on to become a smash hit by becoming the fastest selling electronic accessory ever. Later, Microsoft released Kinect for Windows to allow community and other developers take advantage of this amazing sensor and the Kinect SDK for purposes other than gaming. With Xbox One, Microsoft announced Kinect v2 with greatly improved accuracy and speed than the first gen product. At first, it was bundled with Xbox One and later became an add-on that can be purchased later. Yesterday, Microsoft released the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor becomes available for all developers to preorder in advance of its SDK beta. What about the future? Microsoft revealed that to make Kinect work for everybody, in their natural environment, hundreds of people are working everyday to improve  it. At ...

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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). Today, 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. The pre-order offer is limited to the number of Kinect for Windows v2 sensors on hand, so pre-order them before it becomes sold out. The Kinect for Windows v2 sensor does not ship with any software. It is intended for ...

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