Posts Tagged ‘Kinect for Windows’

The last four of five weeks have brought about quite a bit of news and speculation surrounding Microsoft’s Kinect motion detecting hardware. When Microsoft took to the stage during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas at the beginning of this month, they announced that the original Kinect hardware had amassed more than 18 million sales during its first year.

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Perhaps one of the most innovative, and highly received gadgets of the last few years is the Microsoft Kinect device for the Xbox 360. Functioning as a motion sensing input device, the Kinect builds on, and improves, the functionality that the Nintendo Wii brought to the gaming world. Released in November 2010, the Kinect allows users to feel as if they are a part of the game they are playing on an Xbox 360 by sensing motion and voice commands to control scenes.

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Compared with years passed, it’s been a pretty good PR year for Redmond-based Microsoft. The Windows 8 Developer Preview was released to the public a lot earlier than previous iterations, and it seems potential consumers have been impressed by the dramatically faster booting times allied to the sleek Metro-tiled interface.

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Everyone who watched 2002’s Minority Report will certainly remember how Tom Cruise used to manipulate data on screen with geekgasm-inducing gestures. While we haven’t reached the same level of a smooth, gesture-driven user-interface yet, real life is slowly but steadily reaching Hollywood levels of epicness. Microsoft released a beta version of the Kinect SDK for […]

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Kinect, developed by Microsoft, is rather amazing. Thanks to a few cameras and sensors, this Xbox add-on can accurately detect body movements in real time. Thanks to the just-released SDK, which the Redmond company unveiled today, developers will be able to code their own applications for the device connected to Windows PCs, making good for more than just games.

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Microsoft today announced a new Software Development Kit for its Kinect hardware allowing developers to bring Kinect-controlled applications to Windows.

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