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The Xbox 720 and Kinect Update: Kinecting the Dots…

Has the great ship Microsoft sprung a leak, such is the number of rumors flying around and the amount of buzz being generated by the rumor mill. Is Microsoft trickle feeding the rumor mill once again?

Buzz surrounding many aspects of the 720 have appeared this week. The news that the 720 would integrate Blu-ray and Kinect 2 seemed no surprise to anyone. Two separate consoles with different price points and technologies even seems plausible but the news that Microsoft is contemplating banning second hand games comes from left field.

While news surrounding the Xbox 720 is getting the most of the attention don’t forget the Kinect for laptops, an interesting adaptation of technology. Like a jigsaw with no box we wonder what all of these jigsaw pieces add up to, what picture do they form?

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New York Times: Mirror Mirror on the Wall…

Tucked away in the basement of the New Your Times is a little known Research & Development Lab. The lab has recently demonstrated the modern interpretation of a Magic Mirror. Tell it your command and it shall be so. Like the wicked witches of the West – western united states – we can all now have a new side-kick. Using an assortment on non-contact inputs, gesture, voice, RFID the mirror integrates you entire online life into the reflection.

The Mirrors on screen interface consists of various icons and pop up windows that are operated through a mixture of motion capture, RFID and speech recognition. All sensible choices, shaving and touch screens could get messy. The interface makes most standard computer functions available at the swipe of a hand, surf the web, watch movies, listen to music all easily accessible. The internals of the mirror are all off the shelf components, Xbox Kinect motion capture, RFID reader, microphone for voice recognition but the software that brings it all together is custom, very custom. Bringing all of the parts of the Mirror together. The mirror’s designers saw more potential in there than just a computer behind a mirror screen, the Mirror is designed to integrate into the bathroom. The RFID tags let the mirror recognize an object, then give you more information, instructions on use or daily recommended doses, augmented mirror reality for everyday use.

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Kinect SDK, Developers Waving Madly…

Microsoft in February announced the release of the software developers kit – SDK – for their now ubiquitous hands free controller, the Kinect. This is the part of the Kinects software that lets clever programs use its various functions. The kit itself won’t be released till September but the release does open the Kinect up to all developers. Officially allowing anyone to build the Kinects functions into any software. Write a game and want to allow players to use the Kinect to play, use the SDK to develop that part of the game’s code.

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