Microsoft Filed Patent for a Virtual Reality… Mat?

Microsoft might be working on a virtual reality mat to, at least in part, keep you from getting clotheslined by your coffee table yet again while ostensibly blinded by a VR headset. The company calls it a “virtual reality floor mat activity region” in the patent application it filed to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week. Read More >>

Microsoft Kinect Refuses to Die

Kinect was never for you. Yeah, you with the Xbox One that was bundled with a Kinect. That big honking spatial camera was an impressive piece of tech, but it never did you much good as a console add-on did it? Read More >>

Microsoft Discontinues the Kinect Xbox One Adaptor, Killing it Off for Good

Kinect had a lot of promise when Microsoft first released it back in 2010, but it completely failed to take off in any meaningful way. It was basically dead the second Microsoft stopped bundling it with the Xbox One,but now it's truly passed onto another realm now that Microsoft has discontinued the camera's USB adaptor. Read More >>

Xbox One Kinect Finds New Life as Educational Gaming Toy for Orangutans

Scientists have found a way to use one discarded Xbox One Kinect sensor, with a team bringing joy to a group of captive orangutans by creating them their very own "interactive digital space." Read More >>

xbox one
Kinect Gesture Control Binned from Xbox One’s New Dash

That new Xbox One dashboard thing should hit everyone's consoles this week, and there's going to be one or two more confused and angry gamers waving their arms around in clueless fury than usual -- because it removes Kinect gesture input. Read More >>

A Hacked Kinect Can Help Counter Parkinson’s Symptoms

Kinect may not have been the gaming revolution Microsoft hoped for, but at least people are finding plenty of alternative uses for its camera. The latest, developed at Brunel University London, is using it as part of a system that can help people suffering the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Read More >>

Here’s How to Play NES Classic ‘Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out’ With a Kinect Sensor

Developer Paul Decarlo has already posted ideas on how to send controller commands to a NES console using a Kinect V2 motion sensor. Now he's gone one better, posting coding instructions for those that may want to play the classic Mike Tyson's Punch-Out using Microsoft's peripheral. Read More >>

Autonomous Trollies Take All the Fun Out of Shopping

The best part of going to the supermarket isn't finding some exotic new flavour of yogurt or the free samples, it's bombing around the aisles like a rally car driver with your trolley. So why have researchers developed an autonomous human-tracking trolley that follows you as you shop? Read More >>

Leaked Images Show What Could’ve Been a Lumia 1020 Successor

When the Lumia 1020 launched last summer with its bulbous 41-megapixel camera, it was a weird looking smartphone that found favour with the photography-inclined. It's been 15 months since the 1020 was released, and we haven't seen much physical evidence that Microsoft was planning a follow-up—until now. Read More >>

The Kinect Sensor Can Track Your Hands in Real-Time With Insane Precision

It may have started out as a way to let players physically interact with their games, but the Xbox 360's Kinect sensor has since developed a life of its own. Its clever combination of cameras and sensors have been embraced by hackers and researchers who've used it in countless projects, including Microsoft's own research division who've now found a way to use only the Kinect to perfectly track and mimic a highly articulated human hand. Read More >>

What’s the Best Video Game Peripheral Ever?

Video game consoles are amazing. Ever since I cracked into my first NES 20+ years ago, they continued their steady progression of awesomeness. Yeah, there have been a few hiccups along the way (does anyone remember 3DO Interactive Multiplayer?), but overall every iteration was an improvement. Read More >>

Sold-Separately Kinect for Xbox One Coming in October

Not long ago, Microsoft took the Kinect out of some of its Xbox One bundles, dropping the price of the console to £349 and giving devs extra power to play with. If you got one of those and want to add a Kinect later, you'll be able to in October. Read More >>

Dumping Kinect Puts Xbox One Back in the Games Game

Monthly Xbox One sales have doubled in the US; a direct result of the Kinect-less bundle going on sale. It's cheaper and you don't have to make an idiot of yourself to use it. MS is tentatively back in the race. [Xbox Wire] Read More >>

virtual reality
You Can Literally Control Another Human Being With This Wild VR Setup

With the magic of virtual reality, it's easier than ever to find out what it would be like to see out of someone else's eyes, but for the full effect you have to mirror your movements. What if you could actually control the other person though? It's actually already possible. Hello, Avatar. Read More >>