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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  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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