Kinect might be a paradise for hackers to fiddle with, but Kinect games — especially the recent Kinect Star Wars — have been either lackluster or mostly skewed towards the casual/kiddie end because of the sensor's limitations. Kinect 2.0 could track more than just your body skeleton.
It's long been every geek's dream to become a Jedi Knight and wield a lightsaber and manipulate the power of the Force to take down armies of evil-doers. A Star Wars experience that lets you literally wield a lightsaber with a clenched fist or summon up the Force by lifting up your palm has never been done before. LucasArts' Kinect Star Wars (henceforth dubbed KSW) is not your typical story-driven Star Wars game. It's not as expansive as Bioware's seminal Knights of the Old Republic or its massively multiplayer successor, Star Wars: The Old Republic or as insidious as The Force Unleashed series. It's a Kinect game, and as one, it's limited to the hardware of Kinect's sometimes-but-not-always responsive skeletal tracking. Motion gaming seemed the perfect answer to tackling the challenge of making lightsaber dueling feel more precise than any Star Wars game has ever been before, but sadly we'll have to wait a bit longer. Read on to find out why KSW falls short on being the ultimate Star Wars video game.
Welcome to the future of trying on jeans: instead of stepping into a dressing room with a pair you think will fit, you'll instead enter the fitting room of tomorrow, equipped with a ring of eight Kinect sensors. They'll see your body from every angle and, after mapping your contours in mere seconds, knows exactly what pair of pants will fit you best.
The desktop metaphor is dead. Long live the post-PC is all we ever hear these days. What we don't see very often is how computer desktops can be improved with 3D depth. Watch this demo of a transparent OLED display paired with a Kinect sensor and tell me this isn't making you lust for a Minority Report future.
Microsoft has just demoed a Kinect-enabled prototype shopping cart designed to take the guesswork out of your trip to the grocery store. All of the guesswork. In fact, all you are required to do is upload a shopping list and place items in the cart.
A new Kinect is here, sorta. Microsoft is now selling a slightly tweaked (but way more accurate) Kinect sensor for Windows PCs that could revolutionize entire industries, in the same way the iPad has transformed entire industries.
With a sea of Ultrabooks coming out soon and Windows 8 on track for a release by the end of the year, it's time PC makers start differentiating themselves. Tobii's eye-tracking tech is really cool, and word on the block is that Asus is working to integrate Kinect sensors directly into laptops.
For as long as people have been envisioning the house of the future, it almost always features control initiated with the briefest of gestures. Now, in the name of conserving energy that vision could come true with a solar house designed to use an Xbox Kinect to switch off energy consuming devices with simple movements.
Kinect is expected to branch out into small business and banking in 2012. Now the gaming system's sensors could be adapted as a next generation weight measurement system onboard the International Space Station. It would relay data via 3D modeling, and require less space than the current equipment.
New Windows-optimized Kinect hardware is coming in 2012, but another disturbance in the Force says that a super accurate Kinect 2 will be bundled with all future Xboxes.