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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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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Microsoft today announced a new holiday bundle for Xbox 360 Kinect sensor device. This bundle will retail for US $149 MSRP and will include a Kinect Sensor and three full Kinect Games: Fruit Ninja Kinect, The Gunstringer and Kinect Adventures. This bundle will be available for a limited time while supplies last and individual offers may vary by region. Source: Major Nelson ...

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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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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 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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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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