Microsoft today announced that they have began shipping thousands of Kinect for Windows v2 sensors to developers worldwide. Also, they have released a preview version of the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0. Microsoft was testing Kinect for Windows v2 sensor with no.of developers in private preview for months, one of them is Disney Entertainment. Disney has created a virtual reality game based on Kinect to promote their upcoming animated comedy-adventure feature film Planes 2: Fire & Rescue which is releasing in August. The game lets fans of all ages take on the role of the film’s firefighting planes, Dusty and Dipper, as they race to protect Piston Peak National Park. The Kinect-powered experience does more than just control Dusty and Dipper—it lets players virtually become Dusty and Dipper, using body gestures to control the planes. Players’ arms become wings, and as they swoop and sway, their firefighting avatars execute aerial ...

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Matt Reeves, the director of Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes movie has revealed to /Film that he directed few scenes of the movie over Skype. Not just one scene, this movie contains lots of scenes directed over Skype. In one case, the director wanted to change things that they already shot. As the actor Jason Clarke was in Rome shooting for another movie, he performed through Skype from his hotel. This is the first movie where I’ve ever directed scenes over Skype. And mo-cap enables you to do that. And actually that last shot, when I realized that that was not the right ending, I went to Weta and I said, okay, so we gotta do something different. And they’re like, well you’re gonna need a performance. So we did a thing where Andy was in London and he was at [his performance capture studio] the Imaginarium. And ...

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Microsoft Research is now exploring the area of ‘Emotional Intelligence” which could play a key factor in the future where Cortana might become the true personal assistants for people. Inspired by Spike Jonze’s slightly futuristic, boy-meets-artificial intelligence love story ‘HER’ last year, Microsoft designers came up with the question: How can human emotions inspire new interactions with technology and each other? They partnered with Motherboard, Warner Brothers Studio and design students in L.A. and NYC for a design experiment where their mission was to explore the impact of emotion on human machine interaction. You can watch the video above, giving you a glimpse of what they learned. “Her” is a love story, first and foremost. It inspired a wide community of designers in surprising ways. We hosted private screenings of the film followed by a 2-day design workshop. We asked one question: How can human emotions inspire new interactions with ...

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Microsoft today revealed more details about the Xbox Originals program in which they there are over 12 different projects are under production. We already know that Steven Spielberg is working with 343 Industries for Halo based interactive content, in addition to this, the man behind Alien and Blade Runner Ridley Scott is working a another Halo based Digital feature for Xbox. The project is expected to be released later this year along with new Halo game launch. When asked about whether Scott Free production is another Web series, like Forward Unto Dawn (a Halo live-action show from 2012), Levin said, “Similar, but higher budget. We’re biting off something a little bigger. We’ll be shooting in Ireland and Iceland. It’s not following Master Chief.” From Venture Beat, Halo embarked on a digital feature a couple of years ago. It was a risk at the time because we weren’t sure how the fans ...

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Film site “One View With A Room” has a nice series on best films never made.  Among them was the Halo movie which would have been co-produced by Peter Jackson, of Lord of the Rings/Hobbit fame, and directed by Neill Blomkmap best known for District 9.  The script was written by Alex Garland most recently known for the highly successful Dredd 3D film.   What ultimately killed the project was Microsoft’s inexperience in the movie business coupled with a greedy and controlling movie studios Fox and Universal.  Here is an excerpt: In amongst the dusty annals of the best films never made, one blockbuster lies atop the pile. Widely known and anticipated for the last 8 years, the ultimate videogame film/adaptation, and the one film that could never make the final jump to our cinema screens: Halo. So what if one of the biggest videogame franchise had made it to the big screen? ...

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