This new holographic display from Microsoft, called Vermeer, is certainly not the first "touchable" hologram that we've seen. But every other system places the holograms themselves behind glass, while with Vermeer, it's hanging out right there in the open, Princess Leia style.
If, like me, you're looking to tidy up the entertainment center and cut the amount of boxes you have wired into your TV, then this bit of news might make you smile. The next Xbox might get DVR functions, allowing you to toss TiVo aside, once and for all.
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.
At long last, the temptation to develop games for a rival mobile platform was too much for Microsoft. Kinectimals is Microsoft's first game for Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch family. Sound the alarms, Windows Phone 7 might be having a heart attack!
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.
Having a gesture-detecting peripheral for Xbox 360 and plans for a refined PC version of Kinect isn't enough for Microsoft. It wants Kinect to become the new remote control from the moment you unbox your new TV.
Last week Microsoft parked a "Bacon Cart" outside of Amazon's office with the promise of free bacon for all. It came with a message: "Wake Up and Smell the Future."
Kinect's a cool piece of kit that's received a lot of hacking love and Microsoft is pushing it as a platform for businesses next year. But Kinect works best at six to eight feet. We sit at computers that are two feet away. See the problem?
Google's not the only one who wants a slice of the pie Facebook and Twitter so prominently own, Microsoft is building its own social network called Socl. It's a social network for social searching. Do we really need this?
So, today is the original Xbox's 10-year birthday celebration. Wow, it's already been that long eh? Funny, how 10 years ago, many gamers laughed at how Microsoft was the next Sega, but here we are, 10 years later, Xbox 360 sales leading the pack, and next-gen Xbox rumors in tow.