A team of researchers from UNC-Chapel Hill have used 3D mapping with the help of 4 Kinects to render the video. The system includes headtracking on the receiving end so that person tuning in will actually see the live video in 3D, even without wearing 3D glasses. Take a look at the video above to know more about Kinect’s potential. BTW, Microsoft is expected to launch Kinect SDK for PC’s on Monday at E3. ...

Read More →

More than 10 million Kinects have been sold, but for many people the amazing accessory is less than useful due to the space required to play it, with the controller needing quite large rooms. MagniEye from game accessory maker Newbie Gaming aims to solve that problem, for only $29.99. The accessory, currently available for pre-order on Amazon, claims the following features: Special magnifier lens brings in Kinect’s field of vision Allows the Kinect to be used in much smaller sized rooms Easy installation; no modification to your Kinect needed Silver If it works, sounds like a steal to us! Any of our readers interested in this accessory? Let us know below. Via 123Kinect.com ...

Read More →

Those Italian hackers over at Windows8italia.com have been stripping their M1 copy of Windows 8 to the bone to dig up clues to Microsoft’s next big OS. Their latest discovery is that the OS has a sensor API for detecting when humans are in front of it, suggesting that at the very least the device will accept camera input, and possible have face recognition like the Kinect has now. A slide deck  leaked earlier has already suggested Windows 8 will have the feature of allowing users to log on and switch user depending on facial recognition.  It appears this may very well be one of those experimental features that wind its way to an actual product. Via Winrumours.com ...

Read More →

Raphael Riviera has spotted this sign, which clearly points the way to an SDK for Microsoft’s 3D depth-sensing Kinect sensor. It is believed Microsoft will announce a hobbyist and research SDK release tomorrow, with a commercial SDK released later this year. Microsoft has already demoed the Kinect controlling their World Wide Telescope PC stargazing package, and has set up several Kinects on the floor of their presentation stage, likely for use tomorrow. See the system in action below. ...

Read More →

Kinected Conference from Lining (Lizzie) Yao on Vimeo. MIT Media lab always comes up with some cool projects, this is one of them. They are working on this project with one question in mind, What we can do if the screen in videoconference rooms can turn into an interactive display? Description from them,     What we can do if the screen in videoconference rooms can turn into an interactive display? With Kinect camera and sound calibration system, we can easily access the spatially calibrated depth and audio information. We introduced four features, which are "Talking to Focus", "Freezing Former Frames", "Privacy Zone" and "Spacial Augmenting Reality". By Lining Yao, Anthony DeVincenzi, Ramesh Raskar, Hiroshi Ishii from MIT Media Lab ...

Read More →

Sotouch have released the first commercial software solution that works with Kinect. Its a presentation software that uses Kinect to perform actions and interact with your content. Here is the description from them, Have you ever thought of being Tom Cruise in Minority Report? Now you can and you don’t even need gloves. It’s so easy that it takes to inexperienced users 5 minutes to fully control the software. Turn your usual presentation material, including PDFs, PowerPoints and videos, into futuristic and staggering experiences that will hypnotize your audience. The Player: So touch Air Presenter player is a very graphic and intuitive interface allowing you to manipulate your usual presentation content with natural multi-touch gestures. So touch Air Presenter player is optimized for 4:3 images and comes with a multi-presentation selector home page, a graphic slide browser as well as an integrated video player and a 3D object viewer. The ...

Read More →

Royalgame.org have released a video showing glimpse of what’s coming in Forza Motorsport 4. Its actually an internal video showing Kinect integration within this top selling racing game on Xbox platform. Microsoft have responded to this video that the leaked video is not for public viewing, as features shown in the video may or may not be part of the forthcoming game. What do you think of this game? ...

Read More →

Google’s April’s Fools Day joke was Gmail motion, a fantasy application which used body motion as Gmail shortcuts. Now the FAAST team at ICT MxR Labs have used Kinect to turn the fantasy into equally foolish reality. All of the motions, including typing text using a kind of full-body sign language works, which says volumes about the potential of Kinect, of not the reality of this particular application. Via Engadget.com ...

Read More →

Microsoft Research has posted a video demonstrating their new real time face and pose recognition software. The OneVision technology indexes an entire movie frame by frame, tagging individuals along the way, and can cope with low resolution images at a distance, ideal for something like Kinect for example. The technology also works with multiple people in the frame, and I suspect it will not be long before it finds a place in the next Xbox Kinect game. Read more about it at Technet.com here. Via TheNextWeb.com ...

Read More →

Microsoft has announced that totally 10 million kinects sold worldwide so far. More details from their press release. Press Release: Following one of the biggest launches in consumer electronics history, Kinect for Xbox 360 continued its momentum in 2011, reaching 10 million Kinect sensors sold worldwide to date. Not only were sensor sales an overwhelming success, but Kinect drove significant game sales with more than 10 million standalone Kinect games sold worldwide to date. In a nod to the recent sales success of Kinect, Guinness World Records has officially namedKinect for Xbox 360 the fastest-selling consumer electronics device, which sold an average of 133,333 units per day for a total of eight million units in its first 60 days between November 4, 2010 and January 3, 2011. The record confirmation comes just after the latest release of theGuinness World Records 2011 Gameris Edition, which features dedicated sections to Kinect. "The ...

Read More →

While Kinect has been a clear hit with more than 8 million sold, there is one demographic which has not been so enthused by the Xbox 360 accessory. Hardcore twitch games have found games like Dance Central and Kinect Sports not exactly to their taste, but Kevin Unangst, senior producer of Microsoft’s interactive entertainment business, have some good news for this core group. "There are many [hardcore games] coming," he said. "We’re not even a hundred days since we launched Kinect yet. It was very intentional with Kinect to go out and deliver blockbusters like Kinect Sports and Dance Central – games that resonated with a broader audience." "This is sort of scratching the surface of what’s happening, but we’ve got Child of Eden here today, we’ve got Twisted Pixel’s Gunstringer… and certainly you’re going to see more. Apparently what has been seen so far is just the beginning of ...

Read More →

Just few days back, we posted the news on how Microsoft ready to blow your mind in the future computers. Among many projects that Microsoft research is working on, Applied Sciences group plays an important role. They build cool prototypes on lots of projects which may show in the future. In the above video, Microsoft researcher shows the smart interactive displays that they are working on. Truly Kinect is making waves within Microsoft and outside too. Here is the description from MSR on the technologies they are explaining in the video above. Our research shows: Steerable AutoStereo 3-D Display: We use a special, flat optical lens (Wedge) behind an LCD monitor to direct a narrow beam of light into each of a viewer’s eyes. By using a Kinect head tracker, the user’s relation to the display is tracked, and thereby, the prototype is able to steer that narrow beam to ...

Read More →

At an event with press at Redmond, Microsoft showed some more details on Avatar Kinect, which was announced at CES by Steve Ballmer. Todd Bishop from TechFlash has uploaded an video of the demo which will give you an overview of what’s coming in Avatar Kinect later this year. Yesterday, Major Nelson from Microsoft teased us with the info that some new announcements will be made next week at GDC and before regarding Xbox. I guess its going to be Avatar Kinect launch! ! ! ...

Read More →