The Kinect, originally developed by Microsoft is a pretty amazing device. Thanks to a few cameras and sensors, the Xbox add-on can accurately detect body movements in real time. Microsoft recently unveiled an SDK, which will allow developers to code their own applications for the device connected to Windows PCs, making good for more than just games. For those of you who don’t know, the term SDK, stands for “Software Development Kit,” and it is a way for companies to provide developers with information that takes advantage of a particular technology. The Kinect SDK is currently in beta form More >
Microsoft announced several new Xbox Live features today at the E3 video game conference. The features are designed to expand the number of content options available and new ways to discover them as well. The Xbox Live service will soon make millions of new videos all available through partnerships, including one announced with YouTube. With a revamp to the Xbox Live experience, users will be able to navigate through the service and all of the new pieces of content with voice control powered by Microsoft’s Kinect and search powered by its Bing search engine.
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For many Xbox users it seems like the weekend is going to start a bit early. Hulu’s subscription-based Hulu Plus service is set to launch today, Friday April 29th, for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 platform. The best part of the launch is that it is going to be free for Xbox Live (Gold and Silver) users until May 6th. After that, everyone will have to drop their $7.99 per month to watch their favorite shows from networks such as ABC, Comedy Central, FOX, NBC, MTV, and others. Hulu’s service is even adding Kinect support, which means you’ll be able to play, pause, fast forward, or rewind whatever you More >
With the Kinect being so successful in getting controller-less gaming to the masses, it isn’t a surprise that Microsoft wants to implement a similar technology and functionality to Windows 8. According to the folks over at Windows8Italia, the current version of Windows 8 sports a new “Sensor Control Panel” which makes reference to a “Detect Human Presence” option. Coupling this with already leaked slide shows of software recognizing people ala Xbox Kinect and all of the pieces start to fall into place.
In slides previously leaked in June of 2010, Microsoft showed off plans for a PC to More >
Microsoft on Thursday rolled out an Xbox 360 update that brings Kinect support to Netflix.
Microsoft’s Larry Hyrb, also known as Major Nelson, announced on his blog that Microsoft has added Netflix support to the Xbox 360 Kinect. Using Kinect, you’ll be able to browse your Netflix queue by waving your hands or speaking out loud, which means you won’t have to go searching for your Xbox 360 controller just to watch a movie. Controls include the ability browse, play, pause, fast forward and rewind, and you can perform any of those actions using your voice or gestures.
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Microsoft has announced a new Software Development Kit for its Kinect hardware allowing developers, enthusiasts, and researchers to make use of Microsoft Kinect motion-sensing controllers on computers running Microsoft Windows 7.
The new SDK will be available in Spring, with interested developers able to sign up now via the MS Research page.
Kinect’s Windows SDK features:
“The Kinect for Windows Beta SDK will be released later this spring, as we have said previously and in today’s MIX keynote, but it will not be released May 16.”
- The latest advances in audio processing, which include More >
It’s actually a bit surprising it took someone this long, but just 24 hours after Google’s brilliant Gmail Motion April fools joke appeared, it was turned into a reality. The folks over at Engadget bring news that some clever people with presumably more free time than they have talent have managed to create a real working implementation of Gmail Motion – the April fool’s joke from Google that would presumably allow users to use their email without the need for a keyboard or mouse. You can check out the original video below:
As with all things gesture-based these days, the hardware of More >
Microsoft announced their plans to fill in some of the key gaps from the initial Windows Phone 7 release with two updates due out this year.
The more interesting of the updates is the second one–a major release–is due later this year. In his keynote address at MWC 2011 today, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer confirmed Multitasking, in depth Twitter integration, SkyDrive, Internet Explorer 9 and XBox 360 Kinect support, all coming to Windows Phone 7 this year.
As everyone expected, the Xbox Kinect has been a huge success. And of course as with any new gadget, especially with the all the potential of the Kinect, we’re seeing tons of users coming out with all types of cool innovations. The peripheral has even been used to help in surgery and help you with your work-out routine. Microsoft wasn’t too happy with the idea of people hacking their new system at first but now they seem to be quite keen on the idea, probably from all the free media coverage they’re seeing. And now Microsoft is supporting the idea, so much so that they hinted at releasing More >
Microsoft has been doing rather well in sales of its Xbox 360 console, so strong that supply is running low. Director of Programming Larry Hryb (aka Major Nelson) has come out and said that demand is high that Microsoft has literally “run out” of the consoles. With stock also being extremely tight in January and February, Major Nelson was quick to point out “that if they didn’t get first place in console sales from the NPD group with their results today, it would be due to strong sales, and not the opposite”.
According to what NPD is reporting, Microsoft Xbox 360 was the only console to see More >