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Windows Gets “Kinectified” this Spring

Written on February 22, 2011 by Charles Bass

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Listen gamers! A non-commercial Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit will be out this spring. Good news, right?

This Spring, Windows gets Kinect-ed!

As it turns out, “the right time” for Microsoft to release an official non-commercial Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit is Spring time. The report was revealed during Microsoft’s “show-and-tell discussion” also known as TechForum. The company’s chief research and strategy office Craig Mundie, along with Interactive Entertainment Business president Don Mattrick, revealed their plans to release the SDK as a free download this Spring. The projects is a “collaboration” between Microsoft Research and IEB and promises to “give academic researchers and enthusiasts access to key pieces of the Kinect system — such as the audio technology, system application programming interfaces and direct control of the Kinect sensor itself.”

As quoted from the official Microsoft Blog:

“This morning, Craig and Don Mattrick, president, Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB), announced plans to release a non-commercial Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit, or SDK, this spring.”

Are you ready for some Kinect-filled Spring?

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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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Top 5 Coolest Kinect Hacks

Written on November 26, 2010 by R. Cruise

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Microsoft's intentional act of leaving the Kinect's USB port open paved the way for hackers to manipulate the device to do anything they want---from being a Jedi to shadow puppetry.

The hacking community is going crazy over Kinect. Microsoft admitted that they intentionally left the console’s USB port open. Hackers saw this as an opportunity to plug in their computers and explore more the capabilities of the device.

Maybe Microsoft was thinking that instead of putting money on research and development of Kinect, they better rely on the skills of nerds spending endless hours on their bedrooms tinkering new gadgets. This is a smart move for the company in order to uncover the next best thing in Kinect technology.

Enough of the long talks now, Gadg gathered the best and the coolest Kinect hacks made in the span of three weeks after the release of the device.

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Rounding Up your Room for the New Kinect

Written on November 19, 2010 by Charles Bass

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Playing Kinect is all about movements. Remove obstructions along the way and be ready to keep on moving with this new game console from Nintendo. Good thing here at Gadg, a to-do list is already prepared for you.

You finally got hold of the new Kinect. You excitedly went home thinking of giving it a try. Wait a minute! Remember that Kinect is far more different than the usual Xbox 360 console. The old Xbox gives you the plug and play option. But with Kinect, it is about gestures and body movements. Just like Wii and PS Move, Kinect is a motion controlled game console. Speaking about movements, using the Kinect requires players to have a wide playing field.

First things first. Where do you want to play your Kinect? You have many options: living room, the den or your bedroom. As you make your decision, get also a playing mat just in case you do not want to move around on bare floor. After deciding where to play, start rearranging furnitures that may hinder your movements.

To make things easy for you, Gadg come up with a list of the factors you should consider before you get started with playing the Kinect:

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NUI Group Member Hacks the Kinect

Written on November 08, 2010 by Adam Eve

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Yes, you read it right. The Microsoft Kinect has been hacked and cracked by the same guy from NUI Group that exploited the PlayStation Eye in 2008. This time, he has different intention for his action.

The motion-sensing depth camera, Microsoft Kinect, now do a hacker’s bidding after being cracked. The Kinect now nods its head on command and displays real-time accelerometer data on the lucky hacker’s PC. The guy responsible for this exploit is the same NUI Group member that hacked the PlayStation Eye in 2008. However, the man from NUI Group does not intend to unveil his new exploit on the Microsoft Kinect to the world. But he has big plans for the device though. The NUI Group member hopes to integrate the Kinect to his CL Studio Live — a commercial visualization suite. He already got video streams from both cameras to output to his desktop, a proof the his work progresses fast.

If you are not convinced, Gadg posted a video after the skip.

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Where’s the Kinect-ion?

Written on November 05, 2010 by R. Cruise

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Microsoft is very eager to present to the world its newest product called Kinect. It is a motion-control camera that brings a new hype in the world of gaming. See its impact to the first few people who already tried the gadget.

Microsoft is working hard to put Kinect on its pedestal. People see these efforts on they way the company handled marketing the new console. But at the end, it all depends on how the depends and consumers will welcome this device.

People from Techland spent several days to see how this new gadget will impress them. Their verdict: Kinect is a device of the future but there’s still something lacking. But there is still hope once Kinect technology is incorporated on TV, laptop and desktop computers. Kinect is still missing a superb game that will drive people to buy this technology. Microsoft’s strong commitment to Kinect may bring improvements on the games contained on its launch library.

To read a thorough review about the Kinect, click this link.

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