Nearly a decade ago, Microsoft Kinect to enable motion-controlled gaming on its Xbox 360 video game control that despite being quite a piece of tech, it was met with lukewarm reception. However, the lack of success was not because it wasn’t useful. In fact, it is a powerful device as researchers and tinkerers around the world had found some interesting practical use of the device and it includes enable browsing the Internet with swimming motion, controlling a robot, and enable a quadcopter to fly autonomously – just to name a few. Continue reading Microsoft Gave Kinect Some New Tech, Turns It Into a Cloud-powered Device
you heard about powered skateboards? they are awesome, but there’s one thing that still stands between you and the board, and that’s the required remote that controls the forward speed and stopping action. remote wired or not, can pose some inconvenience, like what if the remote falls out of your hand? not pretty, we must say. however, the second-generation Board of Awesomeness, a gesture control skateboard, developed by Chaotic Moon Studios for Toyota is designed to overcome this by giving you gesture control over the skateboard. based on Chaotic Moon’s first BOA (no relation to the ferocious reptile, btw), this second iteration features a more powerful 800 watt electric motor, matched up to a 36V power supply for motion, while a “Phidget” interface module, Microsoft Kinect, a custom software and a Windows tablet sees to the gesture input. Continue reading Board of Awesomeness – Gesture Control Skateboard
fancy turning any surface, walls included, into a touchscreen? well, here’s the good news: it is not science friction anymore. with the ‘right equipment’, Ubi Interactive’s software can make your fantasy becomes a reality now. there are three (or four, if you don’t already have a Windows 8-loaded PC) things you need to realize this dream: a projector, a Kinect, and of course, the software from Ubi Interactive. once setup, you can then project whatever content onto a wall or table and do what you do best with any touchscreen device, meaning executing actions and gestures like tapping icons to launch apps, swiping and pinch-to-zoom. sounds like awesome? we would say it is, if you are not too anal about resolution cos’ as we all know, projector is hardly the go-to device for eye-watering images and top of that, you have to bear with the inevitable shadow that will be cast on the surface of projection. Continue reading Kinect Ubi Software Touchscreen
(credit: Microsoft) Xbox 360 Limited Edition Kinect Star Wars Bundle | US$449.99 | www.xbox.com
just last week, we had a sneak on the Xbox 360 Star Wars gaming console and amid the excitement, it was finally unveiled at the recent Comic-Con 2011. you probably have heard about it but we are bringing you more official images and plus a short clip about this awesome Xbox 360 in R2-D2 guise. dubbed the Xbox 360 Limited Edition Kinect Star Wars Bundle, it comes fitted with 320-GB hard drive – the biggest storage to be offered by Microsoft to date and bundled with Kinect Star Wars game. Continue reading Xbox 360 Kinect Star Wars officially unveiled, priced
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in this episode of Inside Xbox, it features a Kinect enabled head-tracking system for the upcoming Forza 4 title. check out the short video after break. as demoed, the head-tracking looks promising and it will definitely enhanced the in-game driving experience. so what other titles can possibly benefit from this head-tracking feature? beats me. we shall wait it out and see what developers have in mind and i think we should be see some game using the head-tracking feature in this coming E3. seriously, at this instance, i can’t think of anything besides driving game that can make use of this feature or perhaps, for saving of penalty kick in some soccer game? we shall see. Continue reading upcoming Forza 4 will include Kinect enabled head-tracking
(image credit: screenshot from Kinect Self-Awareness Hack video)
it will be quite a while before our computer is capable of thinking for itself independently (and in the process, threatening our survival) but this short video, entitled Kinect Self-Awareness Hack is a humorous take on what could be possible. probably not now, but sometime in the future. the story goes that James Tiller created a perfect Artificial Intelligence for the Kinect, after which everything went the wrong way. Anyways, hit the jump and check out the video. Continue reading Funny Video: Kinect Self-Awareness Hack
(credit: screenshot from ICT MxR Lab’s video)
we had a good laugh at Google’s GMAIL Motion. it turns out that the folks over at the University of Southern California did actually make it work. so is it for real this time round? check out the video after jump and judge for yourself. these dudes from the Institute of Creative Technologies or ICT has made Google’s joke a reality with the use of Microsoft Kinect, employing the same (fantasy, i say) gestures as Google has suggested in their April Fools’ Day video. while i enjoy this video, i still have doubt if this is even real.
somehow the acronyms FAAST (Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Tookit) and SLOOW (Software Library Optimizing Obligatory Waving), does make me feel that this is yet another joke. however, the video also quantify that “this application is pretty ridiculous. however, the software powering it is real.” i still don’t know what to make out of this video. so, is it real or not? in anyway, if you are still not aware of the Google’s joke, you might want to check it out HERE.
(image credit: Microsoft CZ) Swarovski studded Kinect | about €899.00 | www.xbox.cz
there are nothing in common between Australia pop diva Kylie Minogue and Microsoft Kinect, until now. so is Kylie going to do a Kinect dance on her tour? nope! as part of her tour “Aphrodite Les Folies”, Kylie will making 35 appearances in 15 European countries, including Czech Republic. the stop over at Czech Republic was unlike any other concert, as Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect will spiced up this particular event with fifteen Xbox 360 and Kinect gaming stands. in this stop, fans had the opportunity to dance to the tune of Kylie’s hit “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” featured in the video game ‘Kinect Dance Central’. Continue reading game of luxury: Swarovski crystals studded Kinect
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kinetic must be the favorite among hackers. i mean its motion sensing technology has huge potential (other than gaming…) and this one is called the SwimBrowser which is a natural interaction web browser made for the 2011 PrimeSense/OpenNI developer challenge. its a weird name but it does garner attention after all. in anyway, user browses the net by motion similar to swimming strokes, hence the name SwimBrowser – swimming googles is optional. Continue reading kinect-hack: swim the web instead of surfing the web
(image credit: Meka Robotics) Meka M1 Mobile Manipulator | about US$340,000.00 | mekabot.com
developed by Meka Robotics, a specialist in development of robotic systems for researchers, the M1 Mobile Manipulator embodies mobility, dexterity and what Meka termed, complaint force-control which basically, means the the Meka Bot won’t accidentally crush your hand during a handshake. unlike most robot out there, M1 doesn’t have lower limbs, instead it uses simple motorized wheel base for mobility. this will means stairs and undulating floor are out of bound for our dear M1 but at least, you know it won’t lose balance and topple over.
along with a host of other sensors, the M1 rides on the existing Microsoft Kinect as part of its sensor system to give it both video and 3D depth perception which closely imitates human vision. though i put a price on the above, but this isn’t going to be a robot for everyone. the price tag for a M1 Mobile Manipulator is a cool $340,000 for a user-customizable design and it’s up for acquisition for institutions who are keen using it as a base for their own developments. it will be interesting see how the rest is going to expand the M1 capability and perhaps, we would be seeing a real world ‘Sonny’ in near future.
check out the short clip of the M1 in action after the break.