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Kinect Sold 8 Million Units

Written on January 08, 2011 by Charles Bass

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"We predicted we'll sell about 5M of Kinect sensors... We beat that... We sold over 8M sensors worldwide." ---Steve Ballmer

Congratulations Kinect! Despite the issue with regards to the Windows Phone 7, Microsoft need not to feel down. Why? Their gaming console, Kinect, sold 8 million units.

Steve Ballmer boasted that Kinect surpassed their predicted sales of 3 million. “We predicted we’ll sell about 5M of Kinect sensors… We beat that… We sold over 8M sensors worldwide,” he said.

It seems that the sales is still surging up and the company reported sales of 2.5 million units in less than a month. According to Microsoft’s big boss Steve Ballmer, the company has already sold 8 million Kinects all over the world.

Additionally, the company also revealed Kinect’s newest feature. The fresh feature called Avatar Kinect lets users control their avatar via Kinect’s motion sensing camera. He also said that Netflix and Hulu Plus will soon land on Xbox 360.

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Microsoft Prepares for an “Avatar Kinect” on CES?

Written on January 05, 2011 by Charles Bass

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"The Avatars will have a separate area, much like the Nintendo's Mii Channel, that will allow for users to control them using Kinect and interact to watch content or play games." ---Glimpse Dog

Microsoft is rumored to unveil a Google TV competitor at CES. But aside from that, there are rumors spreading that a new Avatar Kinect function is said to come out for Xbox 360 at CES 2011 too.

Glimpse Dog provided some snapshots of a leaked slide from Microsoft’s CES keynote event showing off the so-called “Avatar Kinect.” It is widely believed to give the Kinect owners the ability to interact with one another using their avatars just like Sony’s Home.

Plus, the site also speculated that “the Avatars will have a separate area, much like the Nintendo’s Mii Channel, that will allow for users to control them using Kinect and interact to watch content or play games.”

Let’s see what happens. See you at CES!

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Kinect-Like Motion Controller for PCs on CES 2011

Written on January 04, 2011 by Charles Bass

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"PrimeSense, the leader in sensing and recognition technologies, and ASUS, a leading enterprise in the new digital era, announced today that PrimeSense Immersive Natural Interaction™ solutions will be embedded in WAVI Xtion, a next generation user interface device developed by ASUS to extend PC usage to the living room..."---BusinessWire

The release of a motion-sensing controller designed for PCs has been announced by PrimeSense. PrimeSense is the one who brought us the Kinect for Xbox 360. The company teamed up with Asus to create the device. The two comnies reating a dedicated online store for selling compatible apps.

According to BusinessWire: “PrimeSense, the leader in sensing and recognition technologies, and ASUS, a leading enterprise in the new digital era, announced today that PrimeSense Immersive Natural Interaction™ solutions will be embedded in WAVI Xtion, a next generation user interface device developed by ASUS to extend PC usage to the living room. WAVI Xtion is scheduled to be commercially available during Q2 2011 and released worldwide in phases.”

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iPad “Kinect-ivity”: A Touchless Dock for iPad on CES 2011

Written on December 27, 2010 by Charles Bass

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"The idea is that you use touch-less gestures to operate primary functions of a docked tablet in situations like when you have wet or greasy hands in the kitchen. In general tablets are made for being hand-held. When it is docked you are often walking or standing further away, and then using a finger on the screen involves a change of modality. Rather than bending down, leaning forward or picking it up you can use larger movements a little bit further away to do things like volume up or next song without changing modality." ---Stian Aldrin, CEO Elliptic Labs

Mobile Magazine reported that the Elliptic Labs, a Norwegian company, is set to demonstrate its new “touch-less gesture” user interface for the iPad at CES 2011 early next month. This one utilizes ultrasound to a field approximately one foot in front of and either side of a docked iPad. It would allow users to control their iPads by simply waving their hands in front of the screen. Kinect-like!

Mac Rumors had a chance to catch up with CEO of the company, Stian Aldrin, who explained that:

“The idea is that you use touch-less gestures to operate primary functions of a docked tablet in situations like when you have wet or greasy hands in the kitchen. In general tablets are made for being hand-held. When it is docked you are often walking or standing further away, and then using a finger on the screen involves a change of modality. Rather than bending down, leaning forward or picking it up you can use larger movements a little bit further away to do things like volume up or next song without changing modality.”

The project emerged with a simple concept prototype for tablets. It has just evolved into a more specific iPad docking station. Here’s a brief demo of the Kinect-like iPad in the future.

See the demo after the skip.

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