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Star Trek Holodeck Reality

How to make a Star Trek-style Holodeck with an Oculus Rift and 3 Kinect sensors

May 14th, 2014

All proper sci-fi nerds have long dreamed of being able to take a trip in the Holodeck, a virtual reality chamber located on Star Trek’s USS Enterprise where you can simulate any time, place and situation you want to be in. Oliver Kreylos, a computer science professor and researcher at the University of California, Davis, has come the …

Kinect for Windows V2

Kinect for Windows V2 officially announced

April 2nd, 2014

Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled the second version of Kinect for Windows, as previously rumored. The device looks similar to the Kinect sensor that comes with the Xbox One, and packs a 1080p camera with a wide view. The company further demoed the imaginative ways developers are already using Kinect for Windows to come up with …

Kinect for Windows v2 Hardware

This is what the new Kinect for Windows looks like

March 28th, 2014

No, the device you see in the image above this post is not the unbundled Xbox One Kinect we’ve been requesting, but rather the second version of the Kinect for Windows hardware due out later this year. Since the Kinect that comes bundled with the Xbox One no longer uses a standard USB connector, you’ll have no …

Xbox One Worst Features Kinect

It’s official: Kinect is the Xbox One’s Achilles heel

March 14th, 2014

Kinect was supposed to be the Xbox One’s key differentiator from the PlayStation 4 but it may be doing more to drag the console down than anything else. We already knew that Kinect’s mandatory inclusion with Xbox One has been hurting potential sales growth because it’s added an extra $100 to the price. However, a …

Xbox Kinect Korean DMZ

Forget Call of Duty: Xbox’s Kinect now being used to keep world peace

February 4th, 2014

As we’ve noted in the past, Microsoft’s amazing Kinect technology has applications that go far beyond the realm of gaming, including helping stroke victims recover their motor skills. Kotaku has spotted a report in Korean publication Hankooki that details how Kinect is being used to help guard the demilitarized zone that separates North Korea and …

Microsoft Xbox One Kinect Frame Rate

Microsoft might have a solution to fix a huge Xbox One problem

January 27th, 2014

As we expected, the battle of the fanboys rages ever onward into the new generation of game consoles. Spurious claims and exaggerated anecdotes are being wielded like weapons as both sides charge through the comments sections of your favorite blogs, but underneath all of the cacophony, one fact rings true: PlayStation 4 games have more …

Stroke Recovery With Kinect

Medical researchers are finding incredible uses for Microsoft’s Kinect

January 24th, 2014

Although plenty of us are content with using the latest video game technology such as Microsoft’s Kinect to simulate flailing around in order to hit a virtual tennis ball, scientists are finding incredible uses for these devices that have already led to advances in the medical field. Microsoft Research released a video earlier this week …