08/22/2011, When Microsoft announced that gaming would be a big part of Windows Phone, people wondered about how Xbox Live on the mobile operating system would interact with their Xbox 360 consoles. Well, today at GameFest, the company gave a demonstration about how they would go about bridging the two platforms with its upcoming game for kids – Kinectimals. Through the use of QR codes, gamers could transfer their animals between […]
08/12/2011, Microsoft has recently shown off the details of a project that’s been dubbed “Kinect Fusion”. While it isn’t exactly new, reporters that saw it earlier this year weren’t allowed to record videos or take photographs at the event. However after the SIGGRAPH computer graphics conference this week, Microsoft finally released a video to show us what KinectFusion is all about – and it sure is amazing.
08/09/2011, Fans of Half-brick studio’s addictive fruit-slashing game, Fruit Ninja, will be glad to know that the game is finally available for download on their Xbox 360 consoles. Starting this week, Kinect owners will be able to use hand motions to chop up pineapples, oranges (and hopefully not bombs) without making a mess in their living rooms.
08/09/2011, Are you a fan of horse riding, but don’t have enough space in your house to keep or horse, or you don’t have the money to buy one? Well, like almost every hobby, there’s a digital version of it available and this one is coming soon to a PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360 near you. Called Champion Jockey, this video game will bring horse racing to the comfort of […]
08/03/2011, Developers who want to build Kinect applications under Windows can now download the latest Kinect for Windows SDK (Beta) from Microsoft. The update gives developers access to a new set of data that includes raw sensor data, which open the door to innovation at a very fundamental level, as developers could bypass/replace some of the Kinect logic provided by Microsoft. Microsoft has also added APIs to query data/results from Kinect’s […]
08/03/2011, We’ve reported before on how the Xbox Kinect was used in the health care industry and now it looks like thanks to a hacked Kinect, it has managed to find its way to an archaeological survey in Jordan which will be conducted by students from the University of California, San Diego.
08/02/2011, The day is fast approaching when you no longer need a traditional video game controller to get your game session going, thanks to Nintendo who paved the way with the Wii and its innovative motion sensing controls, and Microsoft did follow Nintendo’s footsteps a few years later with the Kinect – where the Kinect is able to detect your entire body, using it as a controller instead. Well, the latest […]
07/25/2011, The long-awaited Avatar Kinect that was introduced at CES earlier this year is now available to all Xbox LIVE users starting today. In case you forgot about it or you haven’t been paying much attention, Avatar Kinect is a new Xbox LIVE Gadget that brings your avatar to life. Avatar Kinect uses the Kinect to capture your facial expressions and voice so when you smile, nod or speak, your avatar […]
07/21/2011, What do Motorola and Microsoft have in common? Not much at the moment, but come this fall, both companies will have Droid-themed products up for sale. Droid-themed, you say? To be more specific, we’re talking about the droids from Star Wars – and to be even more precise, we’re talking about everyone’s favorite robot: R2D2.
07/14/2011, A while back we had reported that Microsoft saw a future where the Kinect could be used within the healthcare industry, and it looks like that future has arrived. It seems that the doctors at Sunnybrook Health Services Center in Canada have started to use the Kinect within the confines of the operating room.
07/08/2011, Star Wars fans, are you ready for this? It seems that there have been some whisperings that Microsoft may be prepping a limited edition R2-D2 themed Xbox 360 console for release either towards the end of this year or in 2012. We highly doubt that it won’t look anything like the photo above, which was a custom made model.
07/07/2011, Remember the Nyko Zoom Kinect Lens we wrote about last month; the Kinect add-on accessory that allowed users to enjoy the Kinect in a smaller than usual room? Well, it looks like Microsoft isn’t too pleased about the Zoom despite the device receiving a positive response from the critics. When asked by Computer and Video Games about its approval or endorsement of the device, a Microsoft spokesperson had this to […]
07/07/2011, Usually when it comes to driving games, using a steering wheel controller is generally more preferred than using a gamepad, as we’re guessing it feels more “realistic” and offers up better control. If that is true, then how do you gamers out there feel about this mod that uses the Xbox Kinect to simulate you holding a steering wheel?
06/29/2011, We knew something felt different at E3 when we bopped around swinging our arms and legs in various Kinect game demos, but we couldn’t quite pinpoint it. Sure enough, Microsoft’s Xbox senior product manager David Dennis has let it be known that Microsoft’s implemented better accuracy improvements to the Kinect since its launch via software updates. Kinect Fun Labs is one example where more accurate motion tracking is important. Dennis […]