Now that all the talk about the Ouya has dampened (or has it?), we can turn our attention back to the next Xbox. Piecing what scraps of info have slipped onto the Internet, the next Xbox could be in your home in 18 months with a Kinect 2 bundled with every unit.
It's been ages since we've seen a half-decent Kinect hack. These days, the hacks that excite are few and far between. The V Motion Project brings back the Kinect's hacking cred with a motion-based synthesizer that lets you create interactive music with striking visuals in real-time with your body movements.
In this week's edition of Healthy Tech, we look at the world's first compostable toothbrush, Samsung launches S Health for tracking blood pressure and blood glucose levels from your phone and Microsoft launches Kinect PlayFit.
Microsoft had an awesome idea: imagine if your Kinect could tell how you were feeling by analyzing your body language, or even the expression on your face. Then Microsoft took it to the inevitable, shrug-worthy conclusion: using this innovation as a better way to serve you ads.
NBA Baller Beats is not a basketball sim. Technically, it's not even a sports game; it's a rhythm-based game that wants to convince you to dribble a basketball to different beats. Think, Guitar Hero, but replace the shredders with a real basketball, dribbling moves and Kinect. Strange, right? Yeah, we know, but it's also kind of cool.
Aside from casual time-wasters such as Fruit Ninja and dancing around in Dance Central and Just Dance, there isn't much on Kinect that's fun to play. On a platform that's catering mostly to kids, the titles targeting the "core gamers" we've heard so much about this E3 tend to fall flat. Exhibit A: Kinect Star Wars. Lucky for us all, I found The Avengers: Battle For Earth at E3, a game I believe could be the Kinect game to own this year.
Microsoft's Kinect sensor is one way to give all kinds of amazing capabilities to hardware platforms (like robots) easily and for cheap. Another industry that could benefit from a big injection of "easily" and "for cheap" is commercial spaceflight, and an upcoming test of Kinect-enabled satellites could help make it happen.
The era in which we all get to have our own remote-controlled giant robots just got a little closer thanks to a new development from a few clever engineers in Japan looking to bring anime fantasy into reality.
The reason 3D sucks is that it's usually not 3D. It's 2D, plus a token smidge of depth. True 3D is something that you can walk entirely around and seamlessly view from all sides, which is what you'll find in this life-sized telepod that can project an entire person straight into your living room.
Bethesda made quite a splash last week by announcing that Skyrim would get a Kinect patch for voice controlled commands and dragon shouts.