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Kinect

Microsoft reportedly plans to bring Kinect to Windows Phone 8

April 11th, 2012

Microsoft’s motion- and voice-based Kinect controller for the Xbox 360 video game console and Windows PCs is coming to Windows Phone 8, VR-Zone reported this week. The software giant is currently working on integrating the Kinect Natural User Interface with its upcoming mobile platform refresh. Microsoft is reportedly dedicating a number of resources to the project and hoping …

Flutter app brings Kinect-like gesture controls to iTunes, Spotify [video]

March 30th, 2012

Microsoft’s wildly popular Kinect controller for the Xbox 360 brought motion-based controls to the masses when it launched in late 2010. While similar technology will be built into a variety of consumer electronics moving forward — especially HDTVs — Mac users now have access to a free app that will add gesture controls to their …

Kinect for Windows now available for $249

February 1st, 2012

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, Steve Ballmer announced Microsoft would ship the Kinect for Windows on February 1st. The company has delivered on its promise and on Wednesday, version 1.0 of the Kinect for Windows SDK and runtime were made available for download. The software giant’s distribution partners across the globe have also begun …

Microsoft and Asus may be working on Kinect-enabled Windows 8 laptops

January 27th, 2012

Asus is reportedly working on Windows 8 laptops that are equipped with Microsoft’s Kinect technology. The Daily recently reported that it was able to “check out” two different prototype laptops that “appeared” to be made by Asus. The Kinect sensor was built into the area where a notebook’s camera would typically reside, and The Daily also …

Microsoft gets head start on rumored ‘iTV’ with voice controlled TV for Xbox

December 5th, 2011

“A revolution is happening in the living room,” Microsoft proclaimed late Sunday as it unveiled a new update to its Xbox 360 software that enables Kinect-based voice controls for a variety of multimedia content. Repeatedly emphasizing voice controls as rumors of a Siri-enabled HDTV product from Apple that may launch this summer heat up, Microsoft …

Xbox sees biggest ever sales week thanks to hot holiday weekend

November 29th, 2011

Microsoft announced on Tuesday that last week marked the Xbox 360’s best ever week of sales. The company sold more than 960,000 Xbox 360 consoles and more than 750,000 Kinect controllers last week. Microsoft also confirmed that more than 800,000 of the consoles it sold last week were purchased on Black Friday alone. “We have seen …

Microsoft Kinect 2 may monitor emotions, read lips

November 28th, 2011

Today you can use your Kinect to control a movie or play games using voice and gestures, but the device may soon be able to detect emotions and read lips as well. Reportedly, the next generation Kinect, presumably dubbed the Kinect 2, will be able to monitor a user’s mood by combining facial expressions with …

Microsoft Kinect-enabled TVs could go head-to-head with Apple’s rumored HDTV

November 24th, 2011

Microsoft’s Kinect motion and voice control system, currently available for the Xbox 360 and soon for Windows PCs, may soon be built into televisions. Microsoft is working on deals to license Kinect to TV makers Sony and Vizio, The Daily reported, noting that such technology could allow couch surfers to control their TVs with motion and voice. …

Microsoft’s Kinect development kit now supports Windows 8

November 4th, 2011

Microsoft released its Kinect for Windows SDK Beta 2 on Friday that adds support for Windows 8, among other changes. According to ZDNET, Microsoft has two Kinect development kits. One software development kit for commercial usage will be available early next year. The second kit, released on Friday, is targeted at enthusiasts running Windows 7 …