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Microsoft Kinect used to teach sign language

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on December 21st, 2010

The Microsoft Kinect hacks just keep on coming and the latest one looks like it might be one of the most useful Kinect hacks yet. Researchers at Georgia Tech College of computing are working on a hack for the Kinect that can be used to teach people American sign language.

This one will help teach sign language to deaf children and has a ton of potential in other ways as well. Judging by the amount of Kinect hacks we are seeing, hackers and modders are limited only by their imagination.

Kinect gets the Swarovski treatment

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on December 15th, 2010

What could possibly be better than a tablet or smartphone covered in Swarovski crystals? Microsoft’s kinect, that’s what. At least that’s what DS Styles thinks. This Kinect will blind you before you even get to use it, then take some stills of you stumbling about.

Well, I know what Elton John is getting for Christmas. This thing matches some of his suits. If you like gaudy gadgets, this will cost you $632. You’ll be picking these cheap crystals out of your carpet for eternity as they fall out.

Kinect hack lets you recreate Big piano scene

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 14th, 2010

Folks are sure doing a lot with the Kinect. The only limit is imagination. The Keyboard Anywhere hack lets you put a piano keyboard on any flat surface and in almost any size. Great for piano lovers and great for movie reenactments.

Maybe one day soon they will put real pianos out of business as folks use a Kinect to practice their skills on a desk or make like Tom Hanks on the FAO Schwarz floor piano in the movie Big. We can’t wait to see what people do with this device next.

Kinect selling 2X as fast as the iPad

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2010

Microsoft is finally beating Apple’s sales with their Xbox Kinect motion gaming system. Not that it matters. They are different beasts altogether. The Kinect is selling like crazy in the US and Microsoft had already predicted they’d do better than the iPad. So it looks like they were right.

25 days post launch they’ve sold 2.5 million units. Apple has sold about 2 million iPads in about two months. Of course the Kinect is much cheaper than the iPad and appeals to more age groups as well.

Kinect used to control Super Mario on a PC

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on November 28th, 2010

We’ve all been waiting to see Kinect in control of a truly classic game and now you can. The same guy that recently brought us the Kinect lightsaber has a hack that lets you enjoy a game of Super Mario controlled only by your body moves.

OpenKinect was used to get the motion-sensing peripheral to communicate with his PC, while a simple NES emulator brought the game to life. Check out the video below as this guy prances around just like our favorite plumber and controls Mario’s on screen antics.

Microsoft has sold 1 million Xbox Kinects

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on November 16th, 2010

In only 10 days, Microsoft has announced that they have sold a million Xbox Kinects. That’s pretty impressive sales for such a short time. This keeps them on track to reach the 5 million sales target before 2010 even ends.

After all, people are ready to start their holiday shopping. And if they reach that goal, they will start 2011 off right. The Kinect is just $149 when purchased alone, although it does come packaged with the Xbox 360 for $299 or $399, depending on how much storage space you choose.

Kinect selling out across the country

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on November 7th, 2010

It looks like Microsoft’s Kinect is really paying off. Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and GameStop are all reporting that they are selling out of the Kinect hardware, though there are still some 360 bundles available apparently.

Many gamers aren’t drawn in by the family-friendly advertising, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the sales. It just went on sale a few days ago. It brings back memories of Wii shortages all over again. Things are looking great right now, however look at how quickly “Wii fever” dropped. Will the same thing happen here after initial shortages? Time will tell. But for now, Microsoft is loving it.

Microsoft expects to sell 5 Million Kinect units this fall

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on November 4th, 2010

Microsoft has high hopes for the Kinect. In fact, the company is expecting to sell five million Kinect motion sensors through the holiday shopping season. This new figure is quite a leap from their original expectation of three million units for the same time period.

Head of Microsoft’s entertainment unit, Don Mattrick, was quoted recently saying that Presales have exceeded expectations. Can they do it? We’ll see. The Kinect will hit more than 30,000 retail locations, with midnight events scheduled at 5,000 stores for the launch, so they have a good chance.

Kinect User Manual reveals mandatory 6 to 8 feet distance

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on October 6th, 2010

Better move that coffee table out of the way. If you have a super small living room, you better re-arrange it. If you plan on using the Kinect that is. Some pages from the upcoming Kinect’s user manual have surfaced, and it confirms what some folks have been worrying about. That you will need some spare space.

The manual suggests that players stand about six feet away from the sensor to be visible. If there are two people playing, they should stand eight feet away. It won’t be an issue for many of us, but if you have a small room it could be a problem.

Sony launches yaybuttons.com

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on September 12th, 2010

Sony’s latest marketing campaign is aimed directly at Microsoft’s motion-sensing peripheral. If you go over to www.yaybuttons.com you can interact with a two-dimensional PlayStation Move, and see some quotes from Kevin Butler, explaining Sony’s various advantages over Microsoft’s Kinect.

Sony fans will love it. Microsoft fans will hate it. The rest of us just wish they would stfu and concentrate on making good games. If you want to sell consoles and peripherals, it’s all in the games.

Xbox 360 250GB plus Kinect bundle, $399 in US, £300 in UK

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on September 8th, 2010

Microsoft has finally announced the pricing of its second Kinect bundle, which will launch along with the standalone and 4GB options on November 4 in the US and November 10 in Europe. The new package consists of the 250GB slim version of the Xbox 360, the motion tracker, a spare controller, and a copy of Kinect Adventures.

Pricing is on the high side. Kotaku is reporting $399 for the US and Microsoft confirmed £300 for the UK. You won’t have a long wait now.

Microsoft Kinect Beta Program goes live

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on August 27th, 2010

A few weeks back Microsoft was sending out invites, inviting folks to participate in the Kinect Beta Program. Well, users are reporting that they are participating in the program, and pictures have been circulating showing the Kinect-enabled dashboard update on consoles.

There’s a flatter presentation, a new mini-guide, and a revamped Avatar editor. The beta support site mentions Kinect Adventures, Kinect Sports and Kinect Joy Ride as titles they can expect to receive for testing purposes.

Microsoft Kinect for Xbox 360 launching November 10 in Europe

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on August 17th, 2010

Microsoft’s new controller-free Kinect for the Xbox 360 will be hitting the US on November 4th. But what about Europe? Well, we’ve learned that it will officially hit Europe, the Middle East, and Africa on November 10th.

Sure, that’s quite a wait, but until then you still have your hands and plenty of titles to play. And just so you are aware, we’re looking at the same 15 exclusive Kinect game titles already announced at E3. Otherwise nothing new.

China is getting a Kinect clone

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on August 12th, 2010

Technically video game consoles are banned in China, but of course you can still get one on the gray market. That means that most people won’t be able to get an Xbox 360 or the upcoming Kinect system. So a company from China is rolling out the eBox gaming console which is controller-free.

It looks like its a clone of the Kinect since it also uses a webcam-style device. We don’t know much more about it, but we do know it will come bundled with 30 or so games.

250GB Xbox Kinect bundle spotted on 4GB bundle packaging

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on August 6th, 2010

Looks like we can expect another Xbox 360 bundle soon. The bundle has not yet been announced, but a 250GB Xbox 360/Kinect bundle can be seen on Microsoft’s Australian packaging for the 4GB Xbox 360 / Kinect box.

The 250GB bundle looks similar to the 4GB bundle, with a larger capacity hard drive, a glossy finish, and it includes a headset. We aren’t sure what game comes with the bundle, but it’s most likely Kinect Adventures.