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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Microsoft today announced the availability of Avatar Kinect for Xbox 360 customers. Avatar Kinect lets you see yourself as personalized avatar on screen and lets you hangout with about 7 friends online with 24 different backdrops. Microsoft also releasing today is the new addition to the Kinect Fun labs section called Kinect sparkler, that lets players use their fingers to draw sparkling lines that whirl glowing, gold stars in front of, behind, and around 3-D photographs of themselves. Avatar Kinect will be available for free until September-6th, after that only Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers can access it. Enjoy your Kinect Experience now more than ever ! ! ! Full press release after the break. ...

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At the Cannes International Advertising Festival, Microsoft introduced its NUads, a new kind of experience for ads on Xbox LIVE. The NuAds features the following features, Social advocacy. A simple voice command such as “Xbox Tweet” gives the consumer the ability to share something about a brand with their friends. Request for information (RFI): Say “Xbox More,” and you can request additional information and/or a discount coupon to be sent directly to your email inbox. Near me: Say “Xbox Near Me” to locate a retailer near you, and receive a text message with the location. Schedule an event: “Xbox Schedule” sends you a calendar reminder about an upcoming show. Vote for your favorite: With just a wave of a hand, audiences can easily convey their preferences. For example, while watching a trailer for the Green Lantern movie, there would be a prompt asking: “which is your favorite villain?” or “Do ...

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James Pfaff, a Microsoft Intern & MVP created this simple twitter client for Kinect. James about this app, Using the new Kinect SDK as a rudimentary twitter client. It took about 4 hours to write including getting dependencies for speech recognition, and dealing with some Twitter API difficulties. Unlimited possibilities of Kinect will keep developers busy at least for few months. ...

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Today Microsoft Research released its first beta of Kinect For Windows SDK. The new SDK allows programmers to write applications that uses Kinect’s capabilities. The SDK includes programming interfaces for NUI, such as skeletal tracking, depth, camera streams audio, acoustic noise and echo cancellation. Kinect for Windows SDK Features, The Kinect for Windows SDK beta is a starter kit for applications developers that includes APIs, sample code, and drivers. This SDK enables the academic research and enthusiast communities to create rich experiences by using Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect sensor technology on computers running Windows 7. Learn more > The Kinect for Windows SDK beta includes the following: Drivers, for using Kinect sensor devices on a computer running Windows 7. Application programming interfaces (APIs) and device interfaces, together with technical documentation. Source code samples Kinect for Windows SDK – 32bit Kinect for Windows SDK – 64bit You can discuss the issues with ...

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Microsoft revealed that they will be releasing a Kinect SDK for Windows under non-commercial license back at CES. Kinect SDK is now part of Microsoft Research. Winrumors is reporting that Microsoft will release Kinect SDK for Windows this week. President of Microsoft Spain, María Garaña revealed this news when speaking at a conference in Madrid. Kinect For Windows SDK will include the following, Robust Skeletal Tracking for high-performance capabilities that   track the skeleton image of one or two persons moving within the Kinect   field of view Advanced Audio capabilities, including four-element microphone array   with sophisticated acoustic noise and echo cancellation for great   audio; beam formation to identify the current sound source and   integration with the Windows speech recognition API also included XYZ depth camera for standard color camera stream access and depth   data that indicates the distance of the object from the Kinect camera Microsoft have planned for a Channel ...

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The new concept from Razorfish allows you to try new clothes just by your gestures in front of the kinect. It even allows you to share the pictures with your Facebook and twitter friends looking for their suggestion. Truly, we are seeing the glimpse of Next Generation of shopping. Am waiting for Kinect SDK to get released to developers.. ...

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Apart from the software related news from E3, Microsoft also announced the availability of Xbox 360 Speed Wheel accessory for Xbox. Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel will go on sale later this year for US $59.99. Racers rejoice. Find the full press release after the break. Press release: Launching in early October, the Wireless Speed Wheel is completely wireless and controlled intuitively with precise steering, standard controller buttons/triggers, and haptic feedback with rumble.  The device is compatible with all racing games right out of the box*. The Wireless Speed Wheel will be available for $59.99 (U.S. ERP) and will ship to retailers worldwide beginning September 26, 2011. This device combines a fun and immersive driving experience with the biggest racing game of the year, the best rated “Forza Motorsport.” With trigger buttons for gas and brake, combined with a rumble feedback, the Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel provides intuitive standard ...

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Xbox 360 Gives TV a New Voice — Yours With Kinect and Bing on Xbox, you say it, Xbox finds it. LOS ANGELES — June 6, 2011 — What if you could find your favorite games, music, movies and TV shows, just with the sound of your voice? What if you could ask your TV to find “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” and it did — instantly? What if you wanted to listen to Coldplay and all you had to do was tell your TV and it responded by playing the Coldplay songs you love? Only on Xbox 360 is your entertainment together in one place — and now you will be able to find it with your voice.   Microsoft Corp. today kicked off the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) by solving the challenge of finding the entertainment you want, quickly and easily. The solution: voice search with Bing ...

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Xbox 360 World Premieres Biggest Blockbuster Games and Entertainment Major publishers unveil Kinect support, including Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy series of games, Electronic Arts’ “Mass Effect 3,” “Madden NFL,” “Tiger Woods PGA TOUR” and “FIFA”; UFC comes to Xbox 360. LOS ANGELES — June 6, 2011 — Today, on the eve of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Microsoft Corp. premiered a spectacular lineup of new games, demonstrating that Xbox 360 continues to deliver the biggest hits and blockbuster experiences — bar none. This year, Microsoft showcased a host of new groundbreaking exclusive titles on Xbox 360, including “Gears of War 3,” “Forza Motorsport 4” and the world premiere trailer for “Halo 4.” In addition, Microsoft debuted the next installment of the famed “Fable” franchise with “Fable: The Journey,” a game imagined from the ground up for Kinect on Xbox 360 by famed developer Peter Molyneux. Fans were also treated to a ...

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Kinect Fun Labs will be part of the Kinect Hub in Xbox 360 Dashboard. Winrumors reports that Kinect Fun Labs will available later today. Kinect Fun labs will have the following gadgets, Build a buddy – scan in any object and play with it in any way Googly eyes – scan in an object and then be that object Kinect me – make an avatar that looks like you Bobble head – create a bobble head from your avatar Kinect sparklers – lets you use finger tracking to create photos with sparklers Video showing Kinect Fun labs, Video Courtesy: Tom Warren ...

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“The news millions of Halo fans have waited for: Halo 4 is on the way. But that’s not all…” reads the Xbox.com E3 page. Don’t expect it to stay up for long. Kinect Star Wars Feel the Force like never before as Kinect brings you into the Star Wars universe “The news millions of Halo fans have waited for: Halo 4 is on the way” Dance Central 2 New songs and new moves in the sequel to the best-selling Kinect dance game Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary The epic game that launched a universe, remastered for a new generation Kinect Sports Season 2 Kinect puts you in the game for baseball, golf, skiing, tennis, and more Apart from the games, there are new features coming to Xbox LIVE as well such new Voice capabilities. Kinect Fun Labs with Build a Buddy, Googly Eyes, Kinect Me, Bobblehead and Kinect Sparklers. Stay tuned ...

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Microsoft is set to reveal Star Wars Kinect along with other new games at E3 later today. Star Wars Kinect game trailer is now available for our viewing pleasure. Take a look at it above. Impressive right? Here is the game description from Pop Watch, Kinect Star Wars will include a variety of modes set in various corners of the vast Star Wars universe established by the two trilogies. In the “Jedi Destiny” mode — which will be showcased at E3 — you play one of several new characters in a story that begins shortly after the events of Star Wars: Episode One — The Phantom Menace and concludes against the backdrop of Chancellor Palpatine’s rise to power on Star Wars: Episode Three — Revenge of the Sith. However, the story will take players into environments glimpsed or referenced in the original trilogy (episodes four through six), including Bespin, the ...

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Microsoft is hyping their E3 announcement on the 6th of June, and are promising to reveal the future of Kinect and Xbox 360 there. The event is widely expected to demo the first serious games using the Kinect camera, including head tracking during racing sims, and will be streamed live to the Xbox 360, via Gametrailers.com and Spike TV. Microsoft has recently been touting the success of the Xbox 360, noting that the company has sold 55 million Xbox 360s and have 35 million Xbox Live subscribers, and are the only console with sales which are actually accelerating. The event will be broadcast at 9:30 ET and 12:30 PT. Thanks Farokh for the tip. ...

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