As expected, Microsoft is already exploring the ways to navigate Windows using Kinect gestures. Even though Kinect had a official Windows SDK for a longtime, Microsoft never showed off a way to navigate Windows using air gestures. Today, The Verge revealed that Microsoft Research is already exploring the potential use of it. In this project, you will be mounting a Kinect camera above a desk and it detects a number of gestures above and around a keyboard and mouse. Microsoft Researcher Abigail Sellen says the following, “What we don’t want here is Tom Cruise in minority report,” “What gestures are good at are being very casual, expressive. What they’re not good at is being precise. Touch is good at that, mouse pointer is good at that. We don’t need to do that with gestures.” “We’re not doing anything precise, and nothing that requires you to hold your hands up ...

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Game publishers continue to be innovate on the Xbox One and are investing in utilizing Kinect’s capabilities, which will bundled with the Xbox One.  (This is your cue to cry PS4 fanboys)  DICE’s Patrick Bach gave a preview of Battlefield 4 to Xbox Wire.  He revealed that the game is considering to using the Xbox One’s Kinect sensor for head tracking look controls (such as leaning around a corner) and also for voice commands.  The publisher will also be using SmartGlass (again no real PS4 equivalent) to allow players to view the overhead map during multiplayer matches and take advantage of the second screen. Here is part of the Q&A: What are you most excited about for developing on new generation hardware?  Developing for a new hardware generation is always exciting and inspiring for us at game makers and players. At DICE, we have prepared ourselves well for this transition ...

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Kinect SDK 1.8 for Windows now available.  It includes a number of improvements: New background removal API. This “turn-key” green screening capability makes it easy to perform background replacement dynamically in your application. This new API should prove to be practical and fun. 3D color capture capabilities with Kinect Fusion. Kinect Fusion enables your app to create 3D mesh models with a Kinect sensor. In the 1.8 Kinect for Windows SDK these capabilities have been augmented with realistic color texture mapping so that you can produce 3D models with realistic color. Since the new 3D printing capabilities in Windows 8.1 are engineered to support surface color, this new color capturing capability is particularly exciting. Improved tracking for Kinect Fusion. Updated algorithms enable more reliable camera tracking as the Kinect sensor moves while scanning a scene. The result: a better Kinect Fusion experience and better 3D models. Multi-sensor Kinect Fusion sample. ...

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In recent years, Intel was promoting perceptual computing using external camera that can be connected to laptops and desktops. At IDF, Today Kirk Skaugen from Intel announced that built-in 3D cameras will be coming to laptops and desktops some time 2nd half of 2014 and will be based on Intel’s Broadwell ships. Major OEMs like Asus and Lenovo will be shipping devices with these 3D camera built-in. “You’ll add the ability to sense your excitement, emotion, whether you are happy or smiling. The algorithms and technologies are there, but they are getting more refined, and as they get more robust, you’ll see them,” There are lot of potential behind this, for example you can track your children’s reading habit when using the laptop, etc,. via: Laptopmag ...

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Photocopier machines continue to work overtime at Sony while Microsoft unrelentlessly unveils new features on the Xbox One every week. Phil Spencer talked about one his favorite features on the Xbox One, having the ability to create a favorite channel list that migrates with you wherever you go. Spencer told us more about how the Kinect’s IR blaster will work to help streamline integration.  “Kinect sends out the commands for your TV and your media stack,” he explains.  “Right now, we’re asking users to select their provider and box.  Our goal is to get to the point where it figures it out by asking you a few questions.  That’s something we’re on for the next two years, but we’re going to get close at launch for a lot of people.” The Xbox One profile will also enable users to create a favorite channel list.  Should you log into your profile ...

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Sony has recently confirmed that their PlayStation 4 console will support Xbox-Kinect style voice recognition through their PlayStation Camera. Sony said that they will share more details on this shortly.  PS Camera is expected to support navigational voice commands to facial recognition similar to Kinect. We are yet to see all these in action from Sony.   While Microsoft has decided to bunde the new Kinect with the Xbox One for £429, Sony is going to sell the device separately for £55 to reduce the price of the £349 console.     Source: Eurogamers ...

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Our friends at Videogamer read the small print at the bottom of Microsoft’s ‘Get the Facts’ page on the Xbox website which reads: “Xbox voice commands will not be available in all markets on the product release date. Voice commands will be available at launch in US, UK, CA, FR, and DE.” Of the 13 markets where the Xbox One will be available this November, players in the following countries will have more limited access to voice commands: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Spain and New Zealand. Of course you can use the Xbox One without using the voice commands, so not need to over-react to this.  I’m sure the Kinect will receive updates over time and support the remaining countries. The Next Web Reports: As Albert Penello, Microsoft’s head of product development, told OXM earlier this week, the Xbox One is also region-free, so anyone should be able to import ...

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Patrick Wirtz, an innovation manager for The Walsh Group, spends most of his time implementing technology that will enhance Walsh’s ability to work with clients. In the construction industry, building information modeling (BIM) is a critical component of presentations to clients. BIM allows construction companies like The Walsh Group to represent the functional characteristics of a facility digitally. While this is mostly effective, Wirtz wanted something that would really “wow” his clients. He wanted a way for them to not only see the drawings, but to bring the buildings to life by allowing clients to explore the blueprints themselves Wirtz found the solution he had been seeking when he stumbled upon an article about Ubi. At Ubi Interactive, we provide the technology to transform any surface into an interactive touch screen. All the user needs is a computer running our software, a projector, and the Kinect for Windows sensor. Immediately, ...

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  Microsoft has managed the pull another 180 with a requirement change related to Kinect and Xbox One. Xbox One console will be able to function without Kinect sensor plugged in. Xbox One Chief Platform Architect Marc Whitten revealed this during a Q&A at IGN. Whitten said that “like online, the console will still function if Kinect isn’t plugged in, although you won’t be able to use any feature or experience that explicitly used the sensor.” For privacy conscious consumers, Whitten revealed that you can turn the sensor off in the Xbox One’s system settings. “When in this mode, the sensor is not collecting any information,” Whitten said, adding that it’s still in use for IR blasting in this configuration. He added that “entering into a required Kinect experience” with the sensor off will prompt you to enable it before proceeding. Source: IGN ...

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We have seen many Kinect implementations in the past other than gaming. In most of those cases, results were impressive. Developers were able to take advantage of great Kinect hardware and SDK to realize their thoughts. In the above video, Dassault Systemes made use of Kinect for Windows to create a great visual scene. Watch the video above. The Parisian contemporary ballet Mr. & Mrs. Dream includes Kinect sensors placed above the stage to follow the performers movements and create a stunning visual effect. Not only does it make the stage environment portable, it delivers a totally new art form. via: Next at Microsoft ...

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Speaking at San Diego Comic Con event, various Microsoft executives discussed about Xbox One and its capabilities in a panel moderated by Major Nelson. Here are some info they discussed at the panel. Xbox One will be able to detect who is holding the controller automatically. More impressively, the controllers automatically recognize who is holding the controller through the camera. When the controller is passed from player to player, the games automatically load individual controller profiles for that player. Now passing controllers around during a game won’t require you to back out to the options menu and change look inversion. Xbox One’s video recording feature automatically records and stores locally the last five minutes of every game you play. You can simply say “Xbox record” and it saves out the last 30 seconds of gameplay for uploading and sharing. Next gen Kinect can scan player’s faces to use it in ...

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Microsoft Kinect is creating quite a revolution in the field of Natural User Interface. The low cost 3D depth camera like Kinect opens up infinite possibilities in our computing world. Sign language is the primary language for many deaf and hard-of-hearing people, but currently it is not possible for these people to interact with computers using their native language. Microsoft Research Asia has developed a system using Kinect which can detect sign languages used by these people and it works well. Here are some info on the project, Kinect, with its ability to provide depth information and color data simultaneously, makes it easier to track hand and body actions more accurately—and quickly. In this project—which is being shown during the DemoFest portion of Faculty Summit 2013, which brings more than 400 academic researchers to Microsoft headquarters to share insight into impactful research—the hand tracking leads to a process of 3-D motion-trajectory ...

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Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Xbox (and possible replacement for Mattrick?) confirmed that the Kinect on the Xbox One will be able to scan QR codes, including pre-paid Xbox Live Cards.  Hopefully the days of punching in 25 digit codes are a thing of the past. To my reddit friends — yup — this works! http://t.co/QHnOPZqib1 — Marc Whitten (@notwen) July 1, 2013 Source: Twitter ...

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Microsoft has addressed controversy regarding the Kinect always listening to what is being said in the room.   You are in control of what Kinect can see and hear: By design, you will determine how responsive and personalized your Xbox One is to you and your family during setup. The system will navigate you through key privacy options, like automatic or manual sign in, privacy settings, and clear notifications about how data is used. When Xbox One is on and you’re simply having a conversation in your living room, your conversation is not being recorded or uploaded.   You are in control of when Kinect sensing is On, Off or Paused: If you don’t want the Kinect sensor on while playing games or enjoying your entertainment, you can pause Kinect. To turn off your Xbox One, just say “Xbox Off.” When the system is off, it’s only listening for the ...

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Ars Technica recently sat down with General Manager of Redmond Game Studios and Platforms Matt Booty to ask some questions about the Xbox One and cloud computing.   Booty  what “latency-insensitive computation” support from the cloud for the Xbox One means exactly. “Things that I would call latency-sensitive would be reactions to animations in a shooter, reactions to hits and shots in a racing game, reactions to collisions,” Booty said. “Those things you need to have happen immediately and on frame and in sync with your controller. There are some things in a video game world, though, that don’t necessarily need to be updated every frame or don’t change that much in reaction to what’s going on. One example of that might be lighting,” he continued. “Let’s say you’re looking at a forest scene and you need to calculate the light coming through the trees, or you’re going through a battlefield ...

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Microsoft today announced that next generation Kinect for Windows is coming next year. The new Kinect is capable for recording 1080p videos with advanced CMOS sensors that can record color images upto 30fps. A new Kinect for Windows sensor and software development kit (SDK) are coming next year followed by the release of Kinect sensor with Xbox One later this year. Some of the key capabilities of the new Kinect sensor include: Higher fidelity The new sensor includes a high-definition (HD) color camera as well as a new noise-isolating multi-microphone array that filters ambient sounds to recognize natural speaking voices even in crowded rooms. Also included is Microsoft’s proprietary Time-of-Flight technology, which measures the time it takes individual photons to rebound off an object or person to create unprecedented accuracy and precision.   Expanded field of view The expanded field of view accommodates a multitude of differently sized rooms, minimizing ...

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