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Microsoft Kinect hardware

VR-bonkers Microsoft yanks plug out of Kinect

Microsoft has ended production of Kinect, its motion-tracking games controller. The Redmond giant confirmed today the gadget, originally pitched as an add-on for the Xbox 360 console and later bundled with the Xbox One, will no longer be manufactured, bringing an end to the sometimes wobbly player-sensing platform. The Windows …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Oct 2017
Microsoft Kinect

Microsoft wants LAMP for wireless mobe charger

Microsoft Research has put forward the idea of charging mobile phones with a beam of light. Explained in a paper titled AutoCharge: Automatically Charge Smartphones Using a Light Beam (PDF), the idea is to use a Kinect motion sensor to spot a phone, then focus a lamp on it to bathe phones in light and charge them wirelessly. …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jan 2015

Microsoft delays Xbox One launch... Big Trouble in Big China?

Microsoft pushed back the release of its Xbox One console in China to the end of 2014 on Sunday, without explaining why the launch of its product in the People's Republic had been delayed. The Indian launch is expected to take place tonight. GeekWire reported that Redmond needed "a bit more time to deliver the best experiences …
Team Register, 21 Sep 2014
Kinect for Windows

Microsoft throws Kinect under a bus, slashes Xbox One to $399

On June 9, Microsoft will sell a cut-price Xbox One for $399 – without the Kinect voice and gesture controller. "We've heard from people that they just like to play games with a controller in their hand and what we wanted to do was make sure that for those people there's a version of Xbox that really meets the exact needs that …
Iain Thomson, 13 May 2014
WiTrack

Through-wall tracking of humans using Wi-Fi: Now more accurate, low power

Video The MIT boffins that earlier this year demonstrated the ability to “see through walls” using Wi-Fi has now unveiled a more accurate version, WiTrack, that can locate a person in three dimensions, within 10-20 cm, through walls and obstructions. Unlike the earlier Wi-Vi project, the new work by Dina Katabi, Fadel Adib and their …
Kinect

Microsoft's new partner will TOUCH IT DOWN UNDER

Microsoft and the University of Melbourne have announced they'll spend the next three years working on natural user interface (NUI) technologies at the new “Microsoft Centre for Social Natural User Interface Research”. The $AUD8m facility is touted as “a focal point for researchers to undertake ground breaking research on the …
Microsoft Xbox Kinect

Confirmed: Apple gives nod to gobblement of Kinect-maker PrimeSense

Apple has reportedly confirmed its interest Israeli company PrimeSense, which helped to develop Microsoft's Kinect motion sensor, by buying it. The FT reports, as does AllThingsD, that Cupertino has written a cheque for about $350m-$360m to get its fruity fingers on the company. Apple's not saying why it decided to acquire …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Nov 2013
bath_tub

Japanese boffins make a splash with bath-based touchscreen

Boffins in Japan have managed to eliminate one of the few remaining downtime havens in our always-on 21st century lives, by inventing a touch-screen display for the bath. Developed by researchers at the University of Electro-Communications’ Koike Lab, the AquaTop uses a Kinect to detect movement and user interaction with an …

Xbox One launch date REVEALED - and it's on the 360's birthday

Xbox buffs can get their mitts on Microsoft’s new console, the One, on 22 November - eight years on from the Xbox 360’s arrival in the US. The console went into “full production” this week, Microsoft claimed today. It will hit the streets in 13 countries to begin with, including the US, UK, Canada and Australia. The initial …
Tony Smith, 4 Sep 2013
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Xbox 180: Microsoft scraps mandatory Kinect policy

In the wake of the NSA spying revelations, Microsoft has said gamers will no longer need to have an all-seeing, always-online eye and ear attached to their Xbox. Another day brings another reversal in Microsoft's summer of U-turns, and this time its the backtracking of Kinect being attached all the time. Microsoft's Xbox Live …
Jack Clark, 13 Aug 2013

MS, Chinese boffins team up on Kinect-powered sign language recog

Microsoft researchers are working with Chinese boffins to tap the XBox 360 Kinect motion sensor's body-tracking capabilities to provide sign language recognition capabilities for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Members of the Microsoft Research Asia team have produced a new paper (PDF, 2 pages, abstract) - Sign Language …
Phil Muncaster, 25 Jul 2013
Leap Motion Controller

Leap Motion Controller: Hands up for PC air gestures. That's the spirit

Review Can such a small, silver and black gadget deliver all it promises? Talk to the device’s creator, Leap Motion, and it’s clear that plenty is indeed being pledged. The tiny box - at 79 x 30 x 10mm, it’s barely bigger than a disposable lighter - is called the Controller and it will help “break down the barriers between humans and …
Tony Smith, 23 Jul 2013

YES, Xbox One DOES need internet, DOES restrict game trading

Microsoft has finally confirmed that Xbox fans' worst fears are at least partially true: Although the new Xbox One gaming console won't need an always-on internet connection, that connection had better be on pretty often or you can forget about gaming. And don't assume you'll be able to sell or trade your old games, either. " …

Microsoft unveils even more tempting Kinect offering: Open source

First it was developer tools, then Kinect for the PC, now Microsoft's given hackers a shot at the Kinect code under an open-source license. Specifically, Redmond has now released samples of the Kinect code under an Apache license to serve as a template for hackers building apps for the hands-free motion controller that's been …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Mar 2013
The Register breaking news

Speaking in Tech: Like Kinect - only a THOUSAND times better

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week is our year-end podcast spectacular... Your hosts Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela review the year in tech and chuck in some predictions for next year. They also have a chat with very special guests Brad O’Neill, CEO of TechValidate Software, and Peter …
Team Register, 19 Dec 2012

Only Kinect: Microsoft boffins build Minority Report-style tools

In the two years since Microsoft launched Kinect, there’s been huge interest among enthusiasts in adapting the hands-free controller to new settings beyond gaming. Techies and geeks of open- and closed-source shades have hacked the hardware, used the tools or adapted Kinect to steer computerised, wheeled armchairs. Among …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Nov 2012
The Register breaking news

Windows 8: A soaraway Kinect? Or is it Red Ink Friday for Microsoft?

Can Windows 8 and Windows RT slabs bring the Kinect effect to Microsoft? That’s the question as US shoppers and retailers begin a four-week shopping frenzy in the run up to Christmas. It was just over two years ago Microsoft launched its hands-free game controller Kinect for the Xbox to wild and unexpected success. This was …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Nov 2012
Xbox Live on Windows Phone

Windows 8: Never mind Office, it's for GAMING

Open ... and Shut Despite threats to its software hegemony from Apple and others, Microsoft's stranglehold on enterprise IT has been its saving grace. Yet this advantage has started to fade as Apple and Android increasingly invade the enterprise through smartphone adoption, with IT departments scrambling to devise security policies that plug the …
Matt Asay, 18 Sep 2012

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