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Posts tagged “Kinect”

RoomAlive Converts Any Room Into A Video Game

RoomAlive! That's the name of a Microsoft research project "that transforms any room into an immersive, augmented, magical gaming experience". Translated, that means it uses a combination of projectors and depth cameras to map a room and add in a bunch of augmented reality for your entertainment. As you might expect there's been a certain amount of "FINALLY MAYBE WE'RE GETTING A HOLODECK!" bandied about…

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Kinect 2.0 Coming To PC Soon, Only Costs $200

Really quick, I want a show of hands: how many of you actually bought a Kinect 1 for PC? Anyone? At all? I mean, modders and hackers defied expectations (and warranties) to come up with some cool ideas for the little-motion-controller-that-couldn't-always, but nothing about it ever screamed, "BUY MEEEEE." So now the better, beefier Kinect 2 is about to (literally) get under PC owners' skin,…

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Kinect 2.0 Will Start Watching Your Blood Next Year

So Microsoft suggested it in an exceedingly casual, nonspecific manner, so shall it be. Xbox One's infinitely more sensitive (it cries during movies and everything) Kinect is headed to PC as well, and it'll come with a new SDK in tow. One caveat, though: Microsoft really isn't expecting you to use it for gaming. Case in point: "Just as the new Kinect sensor will bring…

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Watching, Waiting: New Kinect Eventually Coming To PC

Yesterday's Xbox One reveal may have prompted long sighs and tweets of derision from everyone not also watching ESPN and drinking beer from a hat at that very moment, but one portion of it at least sounded pretty impressive. Apparently Kinect One (which is actually Kinect Two, which I guess makes the original Kinect A, Kinect Prime, Kinect Route Zero or some other confusing designation)…

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Here’s How Garry’s Mod Will Work With Kinect

I probably need to leap back into Garry's Mod. For about a year, it was one of my go-to games/game-like things. If I was feeling bored, I'd find the most elaborate ways possible to pit a single, pistol-armed human NPC against hundreds of languidly slithering legless zombies and cackle until my mental health was severely in question. Eventually, though, I squeezed all the grim carnage…

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Stare Case: Kinect PC Officially Official

"Kinect. KIN-ECT! Write this down... no, don't open the DVD drive. Close it. C-L-O-S-E it! Don't make me come over there: you've seen what I do to a mouse during games of Team Fortress 2. Yeah, I thought that would scare you. I knew you things talked to each other. Right, so I'm speaking these words into my Kinect. It's hooked up to my PC,…

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Wave Your Hands In The Air: Kinect SDK

The Kinect for Windows SDK beta is up, and a bright shiny future of PC motion tracking begins! I'm looking forward to "Slumped In A Chair, Twitching A Bit," novelty pointing games, and other exciting motion-tracking experiences you can have at your PC. Hopefully there will also be a version of that Milo thing where you can make friends with a childish Space Marine. Relatedly,…

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Garry’s Mod + Kinect = Dancing DOG

In a list of inevitable, but glorious things, someone figuring out how to get Kinect working with Garry's Mod appeared near the top. And Bit-Tech brings us wonderful news of its happening. The program allows the user to manipulate objects within Source, taking advantage of the engine's physics. Which primarily involves kicking boxes. And better still, innovator John Boiles has made a truly brilliant video…

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Inevitable Kinect SDK Claims Surface

Almost confirming what we already thought we knew, cleverly-named Windows rumours site WinRumours states that: "Microsoft is set to unveil driver support and an SDK in the coming months and will allow third-party developers to create titles that utilize the Kinect sensor when plugged into a PC. According to sources familiar with the plans, Microsoft will distribute the drivers under the “beta” tag." This follows…

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Minecraft + Kinect = Internet Glory

It's hard to see how we're going to top this story in 2011. Unless Bethesda announces that Skyrim will have always-on DRM to prevent the game causing addiction to BioShock 2, this has to be the ultimate in RPS. It's Minecraft and Kinect. Kotaku spots that Nathan Viniconis has figured out a way to take a depth image with the 360's Kinect and then have…

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Daily Kinect Hack: Become A Superhero!

Yeah, sure, Kinect hacks are this month's Minecraft creations, but get over it. Because this one's about turning into a superhero. And FIRING LASER BEAMS OUT OF YOUR EYES. Attention got. I briefly mentioned yesterday, Microsoft has stated that it has no intentions of releasing a Kinect for the PC, but the tech types behind the device are working with ASUS on something extremely similar.…

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More Kinectyhacks: World Of Wavecraft

Updated: MS deny plans to release Kinect beyond the 360 - see below. Yesterday we told you news of Kinect being used to play RUSE. Today: World Of Warcraft. With the 360 peripheral being realised far more excitingly as a piece of PC equipment, can it be long before Microsoft decides to change their uncharacteristic toleration of all this hackery into something legitimate? This latest…

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Gesture-Based: Kinect Used To Play RUSE

Well, dancing about is all very well, but the only real application we were ever going to be interested in was one involving terrain. Here's a chap from touchscreen clevertypes Evoluce who has set up Microsoft's Silent Robot Eye Of Judgment Kinect thing being to be used in playing a real-time strategy, via VG247. Seems to work. In truth, though, motion control is only really…

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Your Daily Kinect Hack: A Laser Sword

I've decided that I'm going to keep posting videos of Kinect hacks for as long as it takes Microsoft to publish a completely awesome game for their little motorised Eye of Sauron. I appreciate that this may be some time, but I've got a two litre carton of orange juice here. No danger. Today, you can watch a man wielding a sword made entirely of…

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Man Makes Open Source Kinect Drivers

Last week, open source hardware company Adafruit announced a $3,000 bounty for the first individual or group to hack Kinect, Microsoft's hands-free controller extra for the Xbox 360. Kinect contains a depth sensor, RGB camera, multi-array microphones and a motorised pivot, so it can track you around a room. Yesterday, Slashdot reported that Adafruit reported that they HAVE A WINNER! Some very "hacky" open source…

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