Microsoft's IllumiRoom takes gaming visuals outside the box and onto the living room
. Basically projection mapping for your living room, based on a 3D scan using Kinect, Microsoft Research's IllumiRoom
lets you show either all of a game's environment, or only certain parts, projected on your living room walls.
Korean robot prepares salad
... very slowly. It also is (apparently) capable of loading a dishwasher, although there's no video of that.
Merge your body with the powers of a Kinect controller to become Ultra Seven
Dancing with Han Solo
is a real thing that exists.
The amazing, disturbing things your gaming console can learn about you.
Consider the Kinect, the Microsoft console that sold 8 million units in its first 60 days of release. This inexpensive, book-sized panel has the ability to create a realistic, virtual likeness of the player. In doing so, it creates a delightful interface to play games—instead of hitting a button to kick a ball, you kick your foot and the digital character on screen mimics your movements. How does the Kinect produce this dazzling immersive experience? By capturing every move you make.
Ever since open source drivers
were written for the Microsoft Kinect
), we've seen countless innovative uses of the hardware from puppet shows
to air guitar
to realtime 3d data capture
. The most profound and far reaching hack so far, however, is no doubt the ability to import giant 3d statues
. More info on the project can be found here
. (via reddit
When the Xbox Kinect
) was released a month ago, it promised a new era of controller-less gaming. The system is certainly selling well
heading into the holidays, but reviews so far are mixed. The minor injuries
are expected, but with some less than impressive
early game releases, some think that the system is only partially living up to its pre-release hype
. But what happens when open source software fanatics get their hands on this new technology? [more inside]
Microsoft Kinect (née Project Natal
) is sure to be a monster hit this season, and no surprise: Microsoft hopes to disthrone Nintendo's Wii and are supporting the platform with a $500 million marketing budget
, larger than the marketing budget for the launch of the original Xbox.
However, privacy experts are raising concerns over recent comments made by Xbox CFO Dennis Durkin
at at an investors' conference:
“We can cater which content we present to you based on who you are,” Durkin said. “How many people are in the room when an ad is shown? How many people are in the room when a game is being played? When you add this sort of device to a living room, there’s a bunch of business opportunities that come with that.”
One example given was that the Kinect could identify sports jersey worn by players and deliver ads specific to their team. The Kinect platform works with its array of video- and infrared cameras, 3D depth sensors, and stereo microphones, all attached to a motorized platform
which can follow players' movements. [more inside]