For many people, the bathroom is the one sanctuary where we can escape the constant scrutiny of modern life. The Magic Mirror may soon end that privacy however, as an electronic watchdog that keeps you in touch with life beyond the smallest room.
There's no denying that Kinect is a great sensor for the hacking scene and great for casual gaming on the Xbox 360, but what is this? Is Microsoft's next big gamble for Kinect really interactive advertising?
Microsoft's banking on Kinect to maintain it's Xbox 360 growth until the next Xbox arrives, but you know what? The sensor is limited, despite all of its wonderful hacks and planned Halo Anniversary support, it's a half-baked add-on for core...
Microsoft might have went on a Kinect frenzy at E3 this year with core games like Mass Effect 3 and Forza 4 using the sensor for voice command and head-tracking respectively, but one thing Microsoft didn't announce was that the Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary remake would also have Kinect powers too.
At long last, developers will no longer need to rely on unofficial open source drivers to create sweet Kinect hacks. Microsoft's official Windows Kinect development kits are available for all to download. Minority Report's future starts now.
As great as Microsoft's Kinect is, the thing is pretty demanding. I remember watching my dad set his up; the Kinect was a ton of fun, but only after we'd pushed all of the furniture in the living room up against the walls. This is exactly the common scenario that the Nyko Zoom for Kinect is looking to address.
Racing simulation games have always had the largest and most complex driving wheel and pedal rigs, but you know what would make racing games so much better? Head-tracking. With Kinect support, the developers of Forza Motorsport 4 plan to take driving games beyond the analog stick.
Take the delicate circuitry aesthetics of C-3PO and mix it with the British wit of John Oliver (Daily Show, Community) and you might just come up with something like the amazing RoboThespian. The robot is the work of UK-based Engineered Arts, and points the way toward a very real application of real-time controlled robotics.
Hackers have been digging through that leaked early build of Windows 8 we saw last week, and it's giving more credence to earlier rumors that the next version of the OS will include Kinect style facial recognition.
Professor X's chair is real — almost. At Microsoft's recent MIX11 event, the Redmond-based giant took the wraps off its official Kinect PC SDK. With the tools, developers can program Kinect to do awesome things like this custom-built armchair that moves and reacts to your hand gestures.