Kinect http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/kinect/all en-GB Fully Charged: Samsung’s amazingly tiny portable SSD, alliance formed to set 4K standards, and Microsoft hasn’t given up on Kinect yet http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/ces-2015/fully-charged-samsung-s-amazingly-tiny-portable-ssd-alliance-formed-set-4k-standards <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Quick-hit news odds and ends from CES 2015 and the rest of the tech world </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Portable SSD T1" alt="Samsung Portable SSD T1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-portable-ssd.jpg?1420536257" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung’s portable SSD drives </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">If you&rsquo;ve had good luck with Samsung&rsquo;s internal SSDs and have been waiting and waiting for the company to deliver a portable model, well congratulations - the day has come. Rejoice! Samsung announced its Portable SSD T1 at CES this week, and it&rsquo;s as tiny as it is capable (that is, very).</p> <p class="p1">An honoree for the CES Innovation Awards, the pocket-sized device is smaller than an average business card and only weighs an ounce, but it offers either 250GB, 500GB, or a full 1TB of storage. They&rsquo;ll launch later this month at US$180 (about &pound;118), US$300 (about &pound;197), and US$600 (about &pound;393) respectively, but if you want super-fast storage that you can take anywhere, it looks like a winner.</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/news-events/press-releases/detail?cateSearchParam=&amp;searchTextParam=&amp;startYyyyParam=&amp;startMmParam=&amp;endYyyyParam=&amp;endMmParam=&amp;newsId=13881&amp;page=&amp;searchType=&amp;rdoPeriod=A">Samsung</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2015/ces-2015-what-expect-best-gadgets-and-tech/feature">CES 2015: All the latest stories from the biggest tech and gadget show on Earth</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/uXaAdVVNOYo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UHD Alliance will set 4K standards </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">As 4K Ultra HD resolution becomes more and more commonplace in devices, several of the top manufacturers and content providers want to ensure that consumers know they&rsquo;re getting a quality experience from top to bottom. As such, the UHD Alliance has been formed to set standards for all participating companies to follow.</p> <p class="p1">The Alliance includes members like Samsung, Dolby, Panasonic, Sony, Disney, Netflix, LG, and more, and along with generating standards in the months to come, the group will have some level of branding on devices and content to make the quality assurance clear to consumers.</p> <p class="p1">&ldquo;As the UHD environment continues to evolve, we are strengthening our commitment to high-quality UHD content and devices,&rdquo; said Hyunsuk Kim, president of Samsung&rsquo;s visual display business. &ldquo;The Alliance will encourage the development of high-quality UHD content while distinguishing TVs that provide the most premium UHD viewing experience.&rdquo;</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bravia/ces-2015/ces-2015-sony-reveals-absurdly-thin-android-tv-powered-bravia-4k-ultra-hd-tvs/news">CES 2015: Sony reveals absurdly thin, Android TV-powered Bravia 4K Ultra HD TVs</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony 4K Bravia" alt="Sony 4K Bravia" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-bravia-4k-hiresaudio_0.jpg?1420536257" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft still has Kinect ambitions </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">When Microsoft dropped the Kinect 2.0 sensor from the entry-level Xbox One console package, it seemed a clear sign that motion gaming would not be a big part of the company&rsquo;s future plans. But that might not be the case, according to a job listing for a team focussed on &ldquo;top-secret&rdquo; work.</p> <p class="p1">Microsoft is looking for a senior software engineer to &ldquo;prototype and build the future of premium Kinect-powered experiences,&rdquo; and says the team &ldquo;will fail, and fail fast, on some projects.&rdquo; But in the good kind of way. We&rsquo;ve love to get some quality use out of the sensor beyond yelling to change the channel, so godspeed potential senior software engineer. Hope you don&rsquo;t fail <em>too</em> much.</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="https://careers.microsoft.com/jobdetails.aspx?ss=&amp;pg=0&amp;so=&amp;rw=1&amp;jid=166642&amp;jlang=en&amp;pp=ss">Microsoft</a> via <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2015/1/5/7497123/microsoft-hiring-for-top-secret-xbox-projects">Polygon</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/e3-2014/kinect-dead-long-live-kinect/feature">Kinect is dead? Long live Kinect!</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One" alt="Xbox One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xboxone-withkinect.jpg?1420536257" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Assassin’s Creed movie coming December 2016 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">Movies based on video games are rarely worthwhile, but that doesn&rsquo;t stop us from hoping the next big adaptation will be the one to buck the trend. 20th Century Fox&rsquo;s take on <em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed</em> is certainly a major one on the horizon, set to star Michael Fassbender, and it has a new release date: 21 December 2016, more than a year after its previously planned launch.</p> <p class="p1">Additionally, Fox has another X-Men spinoff movie coming out next year - <em>Gambit</em>, starring Channing Tatum as Cajun mutant Remy LeBeau, will hit cinemas on 7 October 2016. The character made his big-screen debut in <em>X-Men Origins: Wolverine</em> thanks to actor Taylor Kitsch, but the role has apparently been recast for the standalone flick.</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2015/1/5/7497899/assassins-creed-channing-tatum-gambit-x-men">The Verge</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/assassin-s-creed-victory-set-victorian-london-leaks-ahead-expected-2015-releas">Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Victory, set in Victorian London, leaks ahead of expected 2015 release</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Assassin&#039;s Creed Unity" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-unity-01_0.jpg?1420536257" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/ces-2015/fully-charged-samsung-s-amazingly-tiny-portable-ssd-alliance-formed-set-4k-standards#comments 4K CES 2015 Film and TV Gaming Kinect Microsoft Samsung Tue, 06 Jan 2015 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1456800 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple could be bringing motion control to Apple TV http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-prepping-motion-control-apple-tv/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple has received patents relating to 3D motion tracking tech, following its acquisition of Kinect creator PrimeSense </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple could be bringing motion control to your iPhone... and your TV" alt="Apple could be bringing motion control to your iPhone... and your TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Apple_3D_Motion_Patent.jpg?1418260257" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last year, Apple bought up <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-buys-kinect-sensor-creators-primesense/news">Israeli company PrimeSense</a>, the creators of the original Kinect,&nbsp;for&nbsp;approximately US$345 million. </p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/max-langridge" title="View user profile.">Max Langridge</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kinect for Apple? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Although it&#39;s unclear exactly what Apple&#39;s planning to do with this 3D mapping system, the most likely application of the technology is in body movement and tracking, à la Microsoft Kinect.&nbsp;This could be applied to the Apple TV streaming box, allowing users to ditch the remote and control playback via hand movements.</p> <p>The gesture-controlled tech could also surface in iOS devices; in the patent document, Apple describes a number of space-saving alternative construction methods for the sensor, which could point to its use in&nbsp;devices even more compact than the Apple TV.&nbsp;</p> <p>Apple has already expressed an interest in moving into new technologies, including<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-advertises-virtual-reality-app-engineer/news"> virtual reality</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-patent-hints-interactive-mid-air-3d-images/news" target="_blank">interactive 3D images</a>. It recently advertised for a software engineer with experience of virtual reality and augmented reality technologies.</p> <p>Whatever Apple&#39;s cooking up in its labs, we&#39;ll be intrigued to see the results.&nbsp;We&#39;ll bring you the latest news as and when we hear it.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/12/09/apples-first-patent-reassignment-from-primesense-buy-hints-at-3d-mapping-on-apple-tv-iphone">Apple Insider</a> and <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/12/09/new-apple-patent-from-primesense-covers-kinect-style-3d-space-mapping/">TechCrunch</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-prepping-motion-control-apple-tv/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-prepping-motion-control-apple-tv/news#comments Apple Kinect Tue, 09 Dec 2014 15:37:18 +0000 Max Langridge 1454989 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Paul McCartney concert for Google Cardboard, a truly amazing Kinect tech demo, and free Shadow of Mordor DLC adds female lead http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-paul-mccartney-live-concert-google-cardboard-truly-amazing-kinect-tech-demo-and- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don’t start the weekend without reading our latest collection of bite-sized news morsels </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Paul McCartney concert for Google Cardboard" alt="Paul McCartney concert for Google Cardboard" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/paul-mccartney-cardboard.jpg?1416630423" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paul McCartney concert VR footage released </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;ve bothered to set up Google Cardboard - or obtained <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-volvo-s-google-cardboard-test-drive-sharp-s-736ppi-phone-display-and-all-wp8-lu">one from Volvo</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/evolve/google-io-2014/fully-charged-google-s-cardboard-vr-helmet-evolve-leads-e3-critic-awards-nomin">Google&rsquo;s I/O conference</a> this year - and have a compatible Android handset, then Jaunt has a rather cool treat for you on Google Play: VR-capable concert footage from Paul McCartney.</p> <p>You can watch Macca play &ldquo;Live and Let Die&rdquo; with a full 360-degree 3D perspective and &ldquo;immersive audio&rdquo; promised for the performance. It&rsquo;s just one song, but it&rsquo;s a free download, and phone-based VR users aren&rsquo;t exactly swimming in worthwhile content right now.</p> <p>Google Play user reviews are strongly positive thus far, so if you&rsquo;ve got the gear, don&rsquo;t miss it. And it&rsquo;s apparently coming to Oculus Rift on PC and Mac at some point, so there&rsquo;s something to look forward to on the horizon for those users, as well.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jauntvr.preview.mccartney">Google Play</a> via <a href="http://gizmodo.com/free-google-cardboard-app-lets-you-stand-on-stage-with-1661047461">Gizmodo</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-io-2014/how-google-cardboard-scratch/feature">How to make Google Cardboard from scratch</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Check out this amazing Kinect tech demo </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="295" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/112193826?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;badge=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="567"></iframe></p> <p>Microsoft more or less kicked the Kinect to the curb after <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/xbox-one-be-sold-without-kinect-june/news">unbundling it from the Xbox One</a> after the first several months of release. But while meaningful games are few and consumer enthusiasm has waned, at least some people out there are using the hardware to produce very cool sights.</p> <p>Like &ldquo;Momentum&rdquo; here, an art project from Schnellebuntebilder and Kling Klang Klong that turns the subject in view of the Kinect camera into many, many thousands of tiny cubes as he spins around. Stick through the video to catch another stunning lighting effect, but we can&rsquo;t shake how amazing the first one looks. We&rsquo;d pay a couple quid to download that on our Xbox One. Get on it, Microsoft!</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.schnellebuntebilder.de/#/fourxfour/momentum/">Schnellebuntebilder</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/11/20/kinect-particle-art/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/e3-2014/kinect-dead-long-live-kinect/feature">Kinect is dead? Long live Kinect!</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Free Shadow of Mordor DLC released </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Whether you&rsquo;ve already played the best J.R.R. Tolkien game in recent memory or have been waiting for another good reason to do so, here&rsquo;s reason to celebrate: Warner Bros. and Monolith have just released the free <em>Power of Defiance</em> DLC pack for <em>Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor</em>, which adds a female playable character.</p> <p>You can take the role of Lithariel, Queen of Nurn and daughter of Lady Marwen, in both the campaign and the newly-added challenge mode created just for her. Commandeering her in the adventure apparently doesn&rsquo;t change the narrative or cut-scenes around her, as it&rsquo;s simply a new skin for the existing character, but at least you&rsquo;ll have her throughout the rest of the experience. It&#39;s available now for the Xbox One, PS4, and PC versions of the game.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/11/20/7254929/play-middle-earth-shadow-of-mordor-as-a-woman">Polygon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/middle-earth-shadow-mordor/review">Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="672" title="Power of Defiance DLC" alt="Power of Defiance DLC" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/shadowofmordor-defiance.JPG?1416630423" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony drops Steve Jobs biopic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In a surprising move, Sony has opted not to continue development on the Steve Jobs film based on a script by Aaron Sorkin, adapted from the Walter Isaacson biography. The project - not to be confused with the rough Ashton Kutcher flick from a couple years back - has cycled through multiple intended leads and directors in recent months.</p> <p>However, this isn&rsquo;t the end. Deadline reports that Universal is about to lock down a deal to pick up where Sony left off, and that such an agreement should be completed today. Danny Boyle is set to direct, while Michael Fassbender is reportedly the latest target to portray Jobs, after actors like Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio declined.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://deadline.com/2014/11/steve-jobs-sony-pictures-turnaround-universal-1201289686/">Deadline</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-christian-bale-probably-won-t-play-steve-jobs-wwe-network-launch-delayed-and-gra">Fully Charged: Christian Bale probably won&rsquo;t play Steve Jobs, WWE Network launch delayed, and Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack hitting vinyl</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Steve Jobs" alt="Steve Jobs" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/stevejobs-upclose.jpg?1416630423" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-paul-mccartney-live-concert-google-cardboard-truly-amazing-kinect-tech-demo-and-#comments Apple Film and TV Gaming Kinect Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1453653 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft's RoomAlive project turns your entire living room into a video game http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/microsofts-roomalive-project-turns-your-entire-living-room-video-game-level/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Who doesn&#039;t want giant virtual spiders crawling around their fireplace? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="600" height="450" title="Aim for the head" alt="Microsoft&#039;s RoomAlive project turns your entire living room into an video game l" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/illumiroom2.jpg?1412644690" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Remember Microsoft&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-illumiroom-revealed-detail/news" target="_blank">Illumiroom prototype</a>? It&#39;s a projector system which extends your onscreen gaming antics beyond the TV screen, like Philips Ambilight on steroids. And now it&#39;s back, and better than ever.</p> <p>Called RoomAlive, the revamped system consists of multiple projectors and Kinect cameras connected to a control device which keeps everything in sync.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The projectors can also overlay textures on your surrounding walls, transforming your Ikea-laden living room into a rainy forest with stone-walled ruins. Walls with booby traps that shoot arrows at you which you have to avoid, Indiana Jones-style.</p> <p>Another demo shows off a controllable miniature hero which can run around your coffee tables and blast away at killer robots which emerge from your walls and floor.</p> <p>It&#39;s all clearly a long way off from infiltrating our homes - unless you&#39;ve got an insider at Microsoft and enough money for multiple projectors and Kinect cams that is- but it&#39;s still an exciting glimpse into the future of gaming where ducking for cover behind your dog will become a real possibility.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review" target="_blank">Destiny review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>[<a href="http://projection-mapping.org/roomalive-uist/" target="_blank">Microsoft</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/10/05/microsoft-roomalive-illumiroom/" target="_blank">Engadget</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ILb5ExBzHqw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/microsofts-roomalive-project-turns-your-entire-living-room-video-game-level/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/microsofts-roomalive-project-turns-your-entire-living-room-video-game-level/news#comments Gaming Kinect Microsoft Mon, 06 Oct 2014 10:22:06 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1449482 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: The absurd augmented reality hat, new Dance Central details, and BBC Sport gets Chromecast support http://www.stuff.tv/bbc/fully-charged-behold-absurd-augmented-reality-hat-new-dance-central-details-and-bbc-sport-gets-c <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our roundup of the curious, fun, and noteworthy news from around the world of tech </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HattrickWear" alt="HattrickWear" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/hattrickwear.jpg?1406010781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Behold HattrickWear, the augmented reality cap </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="319" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/98669370?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="567"></iframe></p> <p>Can&rsquo;t shell out &pound;1,000 for Google Glass, but still want the sensation of a heads-up display pumping info into your eyes? Check out HattrickWear, a soon-to-be-crowdfunded (or not) hat that claims to be an affordable and open platform for such things.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll be able to slot your phone into the long brim of the hat, and then attach a small prism that reflects part of the screen into view. The design purportedly distributes the weight evenly enough to keep your head from sinking as you wear it, and it looks&hellip; super cool&hellip; right? Honestly, it&rsquo;s difficult to tell if this is real or not, but it&rsquo;s supposedly set to launch on Kickstarter at some point.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.hattrickwear.com">HattrickWear</a> via <a href="http://www.designboom.com/technology/hattrickwear-augmented-reality-hat-07-17-2014/">DesignBoom</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/glass/you-can-now-buy-google-glass-uk/news">You can now buy Google Glass in the UK</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dance Central Spotlight out 2 September </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Microsoft might have turned its back on the Kinect when it pulled the motion-sensing device from the lower-priced Xbox One console option, but developers haven&rsquo;t (entirely) just yet. Dance Central Spotlight, the new-gen version of the original Kinect&rsquo;s most recognizable experience, will launch for US$9.99 on 2 September, developer Harmonix announced yesterday.</p> <p>The downloadable release will feature 10 built-in songs&mdash;including some of the catchiest jams of the last couple years, like Pharrell Williams&rsquo; &ldquo;Happy,&rdquo; Lorde&rsquo;s &ldquo;Royals,&rdquo; and &ldquo;Titanium&rdquo; from David Guetta and Sia&mdash;with another 50+ songs available for purchase on day one.</p> <p>If you already purchased the song on Xbox 360, it&rsquo;ll be available for free on Xbox One, which will hold true for future add-on tracks from previous entries. Each song in the game will feature eight different routines (more than ever before), plus an enhanced fitness mode promises targeted workouts.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.joystiq.com/2014/07/21/dance-central-spotlight-shines-september-2/">Joystiq</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/e3-2014/kinect-dead-long-live-kinect/feature">Kinect is Dead? Long Live Kinect!</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/KH_FG92-Oek" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BBC Sport apps updated with Chromecast support </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With the Commonwealth Games kicking off later this week, BBC has updated its BBC Sport apps for both Android and iOS with support for Google&rsquo;s Chromecast dongle. Users will now be able to stream content to a television from either version of the app, and both have been updated with customizable alerts for the games.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/21/bbc-sport-ios-android-chromecast/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bbc/fully-charged-pacific-rim-2-coming-2017-youtube-adding-60fps-playback-and-bbc-showing-commonweal">Fully Charged: Pacific Rim 2 coming in 2017, YouTube adding 60fps playback, and BBC showing Commonwealth Games in 4K</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="676" title="BBC Sport" alt="BBC Sport" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bbc-sport-app.PNG?1406010781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Media Molecule teases new PS4 project—maybe </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LittleBigPlanet creator Media Molecule isn&rsquo;t behind this fall&rsquo;s LittleBigPlanet 3&mdash;development duties have been passed off to Sumo Digital&mdash;but the Guildford studio appears to be working on <em>something</em> for PlayStation 4. Whether this video actually shows any of that isn&rsquo;t especially clear.</p> <p>&ldquo;A rendering error on our new PS4 project caused this trippy sequence of colourful nonsense that begged to be shared,&rdquo; reads the YouTube description. &ldquo;Consider it an exclusive peek at our new game if you like, it&#39;s not particularly revealing, but it is fun, that much we guarantee... mostly.&rdquo;</p> <p>Media Molecule showed off a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYY-J3ckeSI">rather curious tech demo</a> at the reveal of the PlayStation 4 in February 2013, but there&rsquo;s been no word on that becoming a full, proper game. But considering the studio&rsquo;s amazing pedigree&mdash;thanks to LBP and last year&rsquo;s Tearaway on Vita&mdash;whatever they&rsquo;re working on is worth keeping an eye out for.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_faVPTRUUg">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review">LittleBigPlanet 3: First Play preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/V_faVPTRUUg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/bbc/fully-charged-behold-absurd-augmented-reality-hat-new-dance-central-details-and-bbc-sport-gets-c#comments BBC Chromecast Gaming Kinect PlayStation 4 Xbox One Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1442885 at http://www.stuff.tv Kinect for Windows v2 now available for pre-order http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/kinect-windows-v2-now-available-pre-order/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft puts a price on the developer-friendly version of its Xbox One sensor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Kinect for Windows v2 now available for pre-order" alt="Kinect for Windows v2 now available for pre-order" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kinect-for-windows-v2-main.jpg?1404794332" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft has made its Kinect for Windows v2 sensor available for pre-order online.</p> <p>The sensor, which will be sent out from 15th July and is priced at &pound;160, is aimed primarily at Windows software developers. Working with the Kinect for Windows software development kit 2.0, they&rsquo;ll be able to create apps with voice and gesture controls for desktop and laptop computers.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Many gamers weren&rsquo;t keen on the idea of an all-seeing, all-hearing sensor sitting in their living rooms, and that&rsquo;s before you get to the issue of, well, the Kinect feeling distinctly non-integral for many games. So Microsoft has given consumers a choice to get the console sans-Kinect (it can always be added later, after all).</p> <p>With the release of the SDK and Kinect for Windows v2, perhaps developers can give the sensor the boost it seems in need of. We&rsquo;ll keep you posted on the most exciting Windows/Kinect apps that emerge in the future.</p> <p>[<a href="http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msuk/en_GB/pdp/Kinect-for-Windows-v2-Sensor-Commercial/productID.299208700">Microsoft Store</a> via <a href="http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/129744-xbox-one-kinect-coming-for-pc-on-15-july-kinect-for-windows-v2-sensor-to-cost-159">Pocket-lint</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/e3-2014/kinect-dead-long-live-kinect/feature">Kinect is dead? Long live Kinect!</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Kinect for Windows v2" alt="Kinect for Windows v2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kinect-for-windows-v2.jpg?1404794332" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/kinect-windows-v2-now-available-pre-order/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kinect Microsoft Windows 8 Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:22:32 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1441267 at http://www.stuff.tv Kinect Is Dead? Long Live Kinect! http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/e3-2014/kinect-dead-long-live-kinect/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With Kinect no longer packed in with every Xbox One, is it the end for the novel hands-free controller? No, says Andy Robertson </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Xbox One Kinect" alt="Microsoft Xbox One Kinect" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xbox-one-kinect_0.jpg?1403541378" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Kinect may have been a glimpse into a Minority Report style futuristic world of gaming, but the reality rarely lived up to the marketing.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andy-robertson" title="View user profile.">Andy Robertson</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dance Central Spotlight </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Following up arguably the best proper Xbox 360 Kinect game, Spotlight homes in on your dancing skill with all the advanced sensors that the Xbox One Kinect can bring to bear on your flailing form.</p> <p>A more streamlined experience also gets you dancing quicker &ndash;&nbsp;and at a lower price point, too. The initial download comes with 10 songs that can be augmented with your favourite tracks to create a custom &ldquo;library of dance&rdquo;. Each song now has eight routines that offer &ldquo;Strength&rdquo; and &ldquo;Cardio&rdquo; workouts (as well as challenging your co-ordination).</p> <p>The new Kinect tracks more joints, and works in more confined spaces, too. This means there should be less time fiddling with the camera and more time improving those signature dance moves ready for Friday night.<br /><em>Dance Central Spotlight will be released this September.</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/gLSJWMzHnuA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Shape Up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Shape Up is a new take on fitness from Ubisoft. Gone are the Zen gardens and androgynous trainers; in their place are extreme challenges with retro arcade visuals. You may be doing press-ups in front of your Xbox One, but on the screen you&#39;re lifting tanks, whales and ten tonne safes.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a competitive edge to the game as well. Play against a mate and you&rsquo;ll soon be sweating to beat their score. Doing well is a combination of fitness and skill as you have to pay attention to on-screen instructions to max out your performance.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s what a fitness game would be like if you combined Dance Dance Revolution, Tekken, 90&rsquo;s arcade shooters and a slightly vindictive gym trainer.&nbsp;</p> <p>This is an Xbox One only game that will make use of both the processing power of the Xbox One and greater accuracy of new Kinect &ndash; apparently not possible on 360 Kinect.<br /><em>Shape Up will be available on Xbox One in November.</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/v_Ejl0UfSfA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fru </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fru is a revolutionary game; one of the first games to seamlessly combine Kinect and Controller play.</p> <p>It uses the Xbox One Kinect camera to reveal different layers of a platform based world. Each player uses a gamepad to move a small character around the world; to get to the exit, you need to position your body in front of different platforms while moving your character with the controller.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s hard to explain but instinctive to play. With two players currently &ndash;&nbsp;and possibly more to be added, with Xbox One supporting up to 8 controllers, Fru is physical and frantic; perhaps the perfect post-pub activity. Don&rsquo;t be fooled though, this is a tough game to complete. The combination of controlled bodily movement, co-operation and co-ordination with the other player and the standard platforming running and jumping will challenge even the most proficient of gamers.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not only good to see a core game for Kinect on Xbox One but also a novel combination of controller and camera controls. It&rsquo;s the best of both worlds; unusual physical interactions with Kinect combined with the precise controls from the sticks and buttons.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/rSvGKfSnl0s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fantasia Music Evolved </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fantasia may conjure up visions of Mickey Mouse in a wizard hat&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;but this is no mere kid&#39;s game, despite the Disney licence. It&#39;s themed around Walt Disney&rsquo;s vision for the Fantasia music to combine music and visuals; lurking beneath its saccharine exterior is a hard core music action game from the team that brought us Guitar Hero, Dance Central and Rock Band.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here players use the Xbox One Kinect controller to not only conduct the music but also pull off pitch bending, air-guitar solos and all manner of high tech audio trickery. As with any music game, it&rsquo;s the songs that matter most &ndash;&nbsp;and Fantasia has things covered in that department. From Queen&rsquo;s &ldquo;Bohemian Rhapsody&rdquo; to Bowie&rsquo;s &ldquo;Ziggy Stardust&rdquo; to the White Stripes &ldquo;Seven Nation Army&rdquo; this isn&rsquo;t just for the kids. Combine all this with a fantastical world to explore and Fantasia has a lot to offer Kinect owners &ndash; on both&nbsp;Xbox One and Xbox 360.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/electronic-arts/e3-2014-biggest-video-game-news-so-far/feature" target="_blank">E3 2014 &mdash; all of the biggest news</a></strong></p> <p>Along with the Kinect-focused games above, the controller is supported in titles&nbsp;like Project Spark and Just Dance 2015. Just because Microsoft&#39;s been slow to sing the Kinect&#39;s praises this year, doesn&#39;t mean that it&#39;s forgotten its revolutionary sensor; there are still plenty of gaming reasons to own this revolutionary camera controller.</p> <p><em>Andy Robertson is a freelance gaming expert for the BBC and runs <a href="https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL02RKkMS5T4jq7ZlspQrIK2VkWwGyqmbm" target="_blank">Family Gamer TV</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/r6TIzZeth-I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/e3-2014/kinect-dead-long-live-kinect/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/e3-2014/kinect-dead-long-live-kinect/feature#comments E3 2014 Games consoles Kinect Microsoft Xbox One Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:36:19 +0000 Stephen Graves 1439916 at http://www.stuff.tv Latest Xbox One ad accidentally turning on viewers’ consoles http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/latest-xbox-one-ad-accidentally-turning-viewers-consoles/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft learns the perils of voice-activated hardware when Xbox owners complain </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One ad" alt="Xbox One ad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xboxone-aaronpaul.jpg?1402884772" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Putting a cool celebrity in a personable TV ad probably seemed like a smart move for Microsoft&rsquo;s latest Xbox One campaign, but the clip is generating unintended results for some viewers.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Granted, the segment of the Xbox-owning population that things like this happen to may not grow much larger in time. Microsoft just released a version of the Xbox One <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/xbox-one-be-sold-without-kinect-june/news">without the Kinect sensor bundled in</a>, thus shaving off a solid chunk of the entry price. This bit of news comes after this week&rsquo;s big E3 conference, where Microsoft showcased a large number of upcoming Xbox One titles.</p> <p>No word yet if Microsoft plans to recut the ad or otherwise try to minimize its impact on viewers&rsquo; consoles, but for now, the original clip is embedded above for anyone that wants to try and recreate the effect.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27827545">BBC</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/electronic-arts/e3-2014-biggest-video-game-news-so-far/feature">E3 2014 &mdash; all of the biggest news</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/pEoZbXB78NI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/latest-xbox-one-ad-accidentally-turning-viewers-consoles/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/latest-xbox-one-ad-accidentally-turning-viewers-consoles/news#comments Kinect Microsoft Xbox One Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:14:47 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1439077 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Wii and Nintendo DS online service shuttered, inside the Oculus Rift and Kinect holodeck, and the creep-thwarting expandable dress http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/fully-charged-wii-and-nintendo-ds-online-service-shuttered-inside-oculus-rift-and-kinect-powe <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don’t begin your day without catching up on the latest bits of tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mario Kart Wii" alt="Mario Kart Wii" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mariokartwii.jpg?1400567581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nintendo Wii, DS games lose online functionality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nintendo largely stopped supporting the original Wii with software once the Wii U was on the horizon, but consider this one of the last nails in the coffin: As of today, the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection for both Wii and Nintendo DS first-party games will cease to function.</p> <p>That means that top titles like Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mario Kart Wii, Animal Crossing: Let&#39;s Go to the City, and Mario Kart DS can no longer be played online. Each system&rsquo;s respective online store will still function going forward, along with video streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu Plus.</p> <p>Games from third-party publishers may or may not still feature working online connectivity, but that could change soon as well: Electronic Arts, for example, recently announced that servers for many such titles will go down at the end of June. Granted, the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection was largely a mess, thanks to cumbersome friend codes and lacking features, but it&rsquo;s always sad in this online-centric age when great games are forever diminished.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/whatsnew/detail/vyWpoM6CBIe6FjW8NIY7bvzOrgBURhzw">Nintendo</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wii-u/nintendo-wii-u-5-best-games-2013/feature">The six Nintendo Wii U games you need to play</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oculus Rift + three Kinect sensors = holodeck? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Considering all of the buzz around the Oculus Rift VR headset&rsquo;s gaming possibilities, some of the most intriguing uses to date have come from odd, out-there experiments meant more to test the capabilities of the tech than entertain. Case in point: software developer Oliver Kreylos used the headset and three first-generation Kinect sensors to transport his entire body into a simulation, making for an experience akin to Star Trek&rsquo;s holodeck.</p> <p>Skip ahead a couple of minutes in the above clip to really get a sense of what we&rsquo;re talking about. While his own visage appears rough due to the low-resolution nature of the original Kinect sensor&mdash;and the fact that three are working in tandem to stitch together a 3D model of his body&mdash;it&rsquo;s a very impressive first pass at the concept. We can&rsquo;t wait to see him replicate the effect with the Xbox One version of the Kinect.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://gizmodo.com/this-guy-created-a-holodeck-with-an-oculus-rift-and-3-k-1576272111">Gizmodo</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tech-thatll-turn-your-living-room-holodeck/feature">The tech that&#39;ll turn your living room into a holodeck already exists</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Ghgbycqb92c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sensor-equipped dress expands when others are near </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="300" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/94218378?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="534"></iframe></p> <p>For women who feel like their personal space is violated in cramped public spaces&mdash;like commuter trains and buses&mdash;then perhaps this concept for a mechanical expanding dress will satisfy. It features proximity sensors on the front and back, which trigger a plastic armature and expand the garment when someone is too near.</p> <p>The &quot;Personal Space Dress&quot; is part of a series of art projects by Kathleen McDermott, but it&rsquo;s all done using the open-source platform Arduino, and instructions are <a href="http://urbanarmor.org/portfolio/the-personal-space-dress/">available online</a>. Granted, it&rsquo;s not particularly practical, but it might be worth making one just to see the reactions from fellow commuters during the morning slog to work.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.kthartic.com">Kthartic</a> via <a href="http://home.bt.com/techgadgets/technews/the-dress-that-tells-strangers-to-back-off-video-11363903202340">BT</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft-lifts-moods-smart-bra/news">Microsoft lifts moods with smart bra</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/fully-charged-wii-and-nintendo-ds-online-service-shuttered-inside-oculus-rift-and-kinect-powe#comments Console games Kinect Nintendo Oculus Wii Tue, 20 May 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1437496 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: The Amiga 500 lives again, MIT's X-ray motion sensor and the goldilocks mug that can keep your coffee just right http://www.stuff.tv/chrome-os/fully-charged-amiga-500-lives-again-mits-x-ray-motion-sensor-and-goldilocks-mug-can-keep-y <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How to relive your youth, see through walls and keep your coffee for longer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1430" height="964" title="Fully Charged: Amiga 500" alt="Fully Charged: Amiga 500" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202013-12-12%20at%2021.48.25.png?1386926662" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-prigg" title="View user profile.">Mark Prigg</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Amiga lives! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you spent much of your youth playing Sensible Soccer or pinball, then you&#39;re probably old enough to be extremely excited by today&#39;s big news - the Amiga 500 is back, and more importantly, you can play it at work.</p> <p>Google developer Christian Stefansen has managed to get the machine&#39;s OS running inside the Chrome browser.&nbsp;</p> <p>He&#39;s put the whole thing online, complete with tech demos, although you&#39;ll have to supply your own games. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hall-fame-amiga-500/feature">Read all about what made the Amiga 500 great in our Hall of Fame feature.</a></p> <p>Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://pnacl-amiga-emulator.appspot.com/" target="_blank">Amiga 500 Emulator</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The perfect coffee cup </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&#39;ve ever burnt your mouth on hot coffee only to then let it go cold, this new smartmug could ease your pain (and your bill at Starbucks).</p> <p>The Temperfect mug stores the excess heat, releasing it back once your drink cools down - ensuring its always at the perfect temperature to drink.</p> <p>&quot;This project was born of my frustration with not being able to drink my carefully-brewed, but too hot, coffee right after I made it, and it then getting cold before I had time to enjoy it,&quot; said Dean Verhoeven, who is raising funds for the project on Kickstarter.</p> <p>&quot;I thought about this problem and had an inspiration: why not take the excess heat out of the too-hot coffee, store it in the wall of the mug, and then use it later to keep the coffee at a pleasant drinking temperature.&quot;</p> <p>The resulting mug thankfully also looks pretty cool, and could be yours for a mere $40.</p> <p>Source: <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/deandavidv/the-temperfect-mug-coffee-and-tea-at-the-perfect-t" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="640" height="339" title="Temperfect mug" alt="Temperfect mug" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/9feda4e42ac8b2fc9958ec0a158b1c6f_large.jpg?1386926662" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MIT looks through walls </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It might not look quite as cool as x-ray specs, but hide behind a wall, and MIT&#39;s 3D motion-tracking tech will still see you.</p> <p>Relying on complex analysis of a wireless network that bunches waves off your body (rather like sonar), the WiTrack doesn&rsquo;t rely on cameras or sensors.</p> <p>For tracking the elderly, it&rsquo;s perfect - and MIT also has some neat applications like letting you turn off your TV from another room just by pointing at it through a wall.</p> <p>Source: <a href="http://witrack.csail.mit.edu/" target="_blank">MIT</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/sbFZPPC7REc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3D-print your own porsche </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Porsche has put all of the plans for its Cayman online, allowing fans to print their own - albeit a pocket sized version.</p> <p>The car giant says it want to see what fans do wiht the models, and is encouraging them to customise the iconic car and upload a picture of their creation.</p> <p>&quot;Your dream can only come true if you give it a shape,&quot; the say.</p> <p>&quot;Why not with your 3D printer? We offer you the Cayman as 3D printing data.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;Create, print and colorize your personal Cayman.&quot;</p> <p>Source: <a href="http://www.psfk.com/2013/12/3d-printed-miniature-porsche.html" target="_blank">PSFK</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1aJ48gCblHQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/chrome-os/fully-charged-amiga-500-lives-again-mits-x-ray-motion-sensor-and-goldilocks-mug-can-keep-y#comments Chrome OS Google Kinect Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:25:14 +0000 Mark Prigg 1430062 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff Gadget Awards 2013: The Xbox One Kinect is your Innovation of the Year http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2013/vote-your-innovation-year-2013-stuff-gadget-awards/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We celebrate the most forward thinking gadgets and technologies of the year – you voted, and the ayes have it: the Xbox One&#039;s all-seeing eye voting is the Innovation of the Year </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One Kinect" alt="Xbox One Kinect" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kinect_1.jpg?1387288030" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Innovation is the gadget world&#39;s lifeblood, and 2013 has been a particularly gory year.</strong></p> <p>We&#39;ve seen tech you wear on your face, tech you wear on your wrist, tech that fills your trousers with electricity. All of it is impressive, but only one could scoop a coveted Stuff Gadget Award. And it was all down to you, dear readers.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Winner: Xbox One Kinect </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Microsoft&#39;s camera-on-steroids will be bundled with every Xbox One console, and features a whole host of improved tech. For starters you can use it even if your lounge isn&#39;t an auditorium, and it&#39;s more accurate and performs better in dim environments. It can track 25 individual joints and can even measure your heart rate. Throw in simultaneous tracking of six people, voice control and the ability to read your heart rate just by looking at you, and the possibilities are astounding.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/xbox-one-kinect-%E2%80%93-first-look-review/news">Read more here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One Kinect" alt="Xbox One Kinect" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xbox-one-kinect_1.jpg?1387288030" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Nvidia Shield </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;re not quite sure how Nvidia managed to cram Tegra 4 power and a 5in 720p touchscreen into a controller, but we&#39;re glad it did. Making mincemeat out of 3D Android and TegraZone games, it&#39;ll even hook up to a TV for a proper console experience and let you stream PC games if you&#39;ve got a supported graphics card.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia/video-review-nvidia-shield/video">Read more here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nvidia Shield" alt="Nvidia Shield" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nvidia-project-shield_1.jpg?1387288030" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Cota by Ossia </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Wireless charging systems such as Qi are far more convenient than faffing around with tiny ports when you&#39;re trying to stumble into bed at 3am. But they&#39;re not truly wireless as they rely on charging pads. Enter the Cota system by Ossia, which uses magnetic charging over the 2.4GHz spectrum to juice up your phone while it&#39;s in your pocket. Nikola Tesla would be proud.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/cota-ossia-makes-wireless-charging-easy-wi-fi/news">Read more here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Cota by Ossia" alt="Cota by Ossia" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/cota-by-ossia_0.jpg?1387288030" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: August Smart Lock </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are locks, and then there are locks. Designed by Yves Behar, this beautiful door lock (yes, it turns out that door locks can in fact be beautiful) is as clever as it is pretty. Thanks to its Bluetooth LE connectivity it can automatically unlock when it senses you&#39;re approaching, and you can even send full or time-locked keys to people, so you&#39;ll never have to run back and forth while entertaining again.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wheres-catch-future-keyless-entry/news">Read more here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="August Smart Lock" alt="August Smart Lock" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/august-smart-lock_3.jpg?1387288030" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Amazon AutoRip &amp; MatchBook </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Imagine if, suddenly, every book you&#39;d bought over the last 15 years was available to you in digital form for a couple of quid (or less). Imagine if, suddenly, all of the CDs and records you&#39;d purchased over the same period were available to stream and download at your leisure from any computer, smartphone or tablet for nothing. No need to imagine: meet MatchBook and AutoRip. Thanks, Amazon. Thamazon.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/what-lost-musical-treasures-has-amazon-autoripped-you/news">Read more here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Amazon AutoRip &amp; MatchBook" alt="Amazon AutoRip &amp; MatchBook" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-kindle-matchbook.jpg?1387288030" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Nest Protect </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The fire alarm is the single most annoying tech product in history; the Nest Protect turns it into one of the cleverest. It&#39;ll detect smoke or carbon monoxide, and if it notices something&#39;s awry it&#39;ll ask you before screaming the house down - you can let it know you&#39;ve burnt the toast simply by waving it. It lights your way at night, talks with other Protects around your home and gives you status updates wherever you are in the world.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nest-protect-how-tony-fadell-made-fire-alarm-smart-safe-and-sexy/feature">Read more here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nest Protect" alt="Nest Protect" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nest-protect_0.jpg?1387288030" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Google Project Loon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Two-thirds of the world doesn&#39;t have internet access. How to solve the problem? With high-altitude balloons travelling in the stratosphere way above the earth, of course! You connect to the high-speed balloon-based networks via an antenna affixed to your abode, which then bounce the signals about until they reach a base station back on terra firma. The concept has been proved to work during tests in New Zealand, and could bring the wonder of cat memes to the world&#39;s most remote communities. So bonkers, so brilliant - so Google.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/node/1428163">Read more here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/mcw6j-QWGMo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: PaperTab </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This concept device is a tablet-like screen made of flexible E-ink, but rather than just a touchscreen, you can interact with it by bending it. Flip a page of the book you&#39;re reading by curling the corner, for example. Could change reading as we know it: the future&#39;s definitely flexible.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/flexible-displays-are-future-%E2%80%93-papertab-head-reveals-his-vision/news">Read more here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="PaperTab" alt="PaperTab" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/papertab_2.jpg?1387288030" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Philips Ambilight + Hue Lightbulbs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Hue lightbulbs are some of the most impressive connected home gadgets available, allowing you to set the ambience in your room, turn them on and off and set &#39;light alarms&#39; all from your smartphone. But combined with a Philips Ambilight TV, they reach a new level of genius, providing &#39;surround&#39; lighting for your movie viewing by aping the on-screen colours.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/philips/ifa-2013/philips-ambilight-4k-dropbox-blimey/news" target="_blank">Read more here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Philips Ambilight + Hue Lightbulbs" alt="Philips Ambilight + Hue Lightbulbs" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/philips-ambilight-hue_0.jpg?1387288030" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2013/vote-your-innovation-year-2013-stuff-gadget-awards/feature#comments Gadget Awards 2013 Games consoles Kinect Xbox One Tue, 17 Dec 2013 13:47:13 +0000 Stephen Graves 1428646 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple buys Kinect sensor creators PrimeSense http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-buys-kinect-sensor-creators-primesense/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple snaps up the company behind the original Kinect sensor – could an Apple iTV with 3D motion control be on the way? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" title="Apple iTV" alt="Apple iTV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Apple-iTV_0_0_2_0.jpg?1385431360" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple has purchased Israeli motion sensor company <a href="http://www.primesense.com/" target="_blank">PrimeSense</a>, which developed the sensors found in the original Xbox Kinect.</p> <p>Rumours of the deal circulated <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-looking-buy-primesense-father-kinect-us345-million/news" target="_blank">last week</a>, with Apple reportedly paying up to US$345 million for the Kinect wizards.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-buys-kinect-sensor-creators-primesense/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-buys-kinect-sensor-creators-primesense/news#comments Apple iTV Kinect Mon, 25 Nov 2013 11:26:22 +0000 Stephen Graves 1429403 at http://www.stuff.tv High tech hot air: 10 technologies that failed to set the world on fire http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/high-tech-hot-air-tech-failed-set-world-fire/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The &#039;world-changing&#039; products that roundly failed to change the world </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="High tech hot air: the tech that failed to set the world on fire" alt="High tech hot air: the tech that failed to set the world on fire" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/segway.jpg?1381309850" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The world of tech can get a little overheated sometimes.</p> <p>Manufacturers try to persuade us that they've made paradigm-shifting, world-changing, life-enhancing boxes of sheer awesomeness, but more often than not the products are nothing of the sort - and woe betide the early adopters who pay top dollar for them. Tech is littered with devices that promised amazing things and simply didn't deliver. Here are some of our favourite fails.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/garymarshall" title="View user profile.">Gary_Marshall</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3D TV </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Having persuaded everyone to buy HDTVs, the electronics industry didn't want us to wait the usual nine or ten years before upgrading again. Their solution? 3D. Our response? Mainly "meh": most 3D-capable TVs are watched in 2D. 3D is very clever, but the lack of decent content and the mandatory glasses put many people off. The electronics industry is now turning its attention to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ifa-2013/4k-ifa-2013-all-highlights/news">4K and really hoping we'll like that instead</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="3D TV" alt="3D TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/panasonic-3d-tv.jpg?1381309850" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft Kinect </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In 2009, Microsoft announced Project Natal: "we are removing the last barrier to gaming - the controller". It was proper sci-fi stuff offering voice recognition, body sensing and real immersion. Pity the reality didn't match up: Natal became Kinect, the box on our TV that ignores our commands, won't let us select on-screen buttons and boots us out of games whenever the dog wanders past.</p> <p>When <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/video-review-leap-motion-exciting-glimpse-hands-free-future/video">Leap Motion</a> promised Kinect-style gesture control for fingertip control of our computers we got excited all over again, but so far, we're still on the keyboard and mouse. Motion tech will improve – here's hoping the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/xbox-one-kinect-%E2%80%93-first-look-review/news">Xbox One's version of Kinect </a>delivers on its promises – but it's not there yet.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2659882498001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2659882498001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Kinect" alt="Kinect" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kinect-xbox-360-picture-0.jpg?1381309850" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nintendo Wii U </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nintendo's latest console was certainly different - its controller has a great big screen in the middle - but as our Tom Parsons <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nintendo-wii-u/review">reported</a>, it wasn't for everyone: the launch titles were geared towards local multiplayer, not solo play, it was quite expensive, and the Xbox One and PS4 were looming on the horizon. Our advice was to hang on, and most people did: sales have been terrible, and that's before the next-gen consoles hit the shops. It looks like that U stands for "unwanted".</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nintendo Wii U" alt="Nintendo Wii U" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nintendo-wii-u-main-moved.jpg?1381309850" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> WAP </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"Surf the BT Cellnet", the advertisements urged, showing a sci-fi Silver Surfer whooshing around the internet's tubes. The ads were for WAP, a precursor to today's mobile browsing, and it was absolutely awful. Do you remember Teletext? Imagine that in black and white, running at a fraction of the speed, on a screen so small you could only see a few words at a time. Even WAP's inventors <a href="http://www.wired.com/gadgets/wireless/news/2002/04/51516?currentPage=all">admitted that it was crap</a>. Still, there was always 3G to look forward to...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/sdSSsuSssg0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3G </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The UK's first 3G mobile phone network went live in March 2003, promising effortless videoconferencing and high quality live streaming of football matches. Ten years on and we'd be happy with a decent data connection in city centres and phone calls that didn't get dropped forty-two times in the space of three minutes. We weren't the only ones taken in by 3G's promises. The networks were too, spending so much on their radio licenses that they faced financial ruin. Still, there's always 4G to look forward to...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/StumAi9y6J4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft Surface RT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Microsoft did almost everything right with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-windows-rt/review">Surface RT</a>. It teased and hinted for months, building anticipation. It held marketing events that revealed just enough, but not too much. It designed a beautiful piece of hardware. It just forgot to give it a sensible price and a good operating system with lots of apps. Surface RT has lost Microsoft a fortune - $900m in the last financial quarter alone - but it's staying in the tablet business. Here's hoping <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-ushers-surface-2-and-surface-pro-2/news">version 2</a> is a lot better.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface RT" alt="Microsoft Surface RT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Microsoft-Surface-RT.jpg?1381309850" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Voice recognition </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"Send Dave a message: I'll be there at two. I have big news." "Okay, here's your message: Dave, screw you! Your wife is a goose!" It's much better than it used to be - if you compare recent Android or Apple phones' voice recognition with the PC-based dictation systems of the 1990s the difference is dramatic - but it's still not quite as good as we hoped.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iOS 7 Siri" alt="iOS 7 Siri" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios7-siri_2.jpg?1381309850" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google TV </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In 2010, Google asked a question: "what if we helped people experience the best of TV and the best of the web in one seamless experience?" It's a very good question, but the first generation of Google TV wasn't the answer. Everything that was wrong with Google TV was summed up in one bit of kit, the remote control Sony seriously thought people would want to use (pictured): we've seen spaceships with fewer controls. Google's refined the idea since and the new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review">Chromecast</a> is rather nifty, but the first generation of Google TV was a flop.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Google TV control" alt="Sony Google TV control" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-google-tv-controller.jpg?1381309850" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Internet fridges </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We've been hearing about internet fridges since the late 1990s, when Frigidaire announced a fridge with an internet connection and a barcode reader to scan your shopping and Electrolux hyped the Screenfridge. We've seen new internet fridges at pretty much every consumer electronics show ever since. There's just one problem: internet fridges are a terrible idea that doesn't make any sense. As humorist Dave Barry <a href="http://www.deseretnews.com/article/605154899/Smart-appliances-are-a-bad-buy-for-half-wits.html?pg=all">put it in 2005</a>: "I frankly wonder whether the appliance manufacturers, with all due respect, have been smoking crack."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Screenfridge" alt="Screenfridge" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/screenfridge.jpg?1381309850" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Segway </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you think there's a lot of marketing bollocks around an iPhone launch, you should have seen the stuff around the Segway: the then-secret device known as "it" and "ginger" would "be to the car what the car was to the horse and buggy". Cities would be built around it. Transport would be revolutionised. Humanity would be transformed. We were all very excited... until we discovered that "it" was a scooter. A clever scooter, yes, but still a scooter. Segway's chief executive died when he drove one off a cliff.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Segway" alt="Segway" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/segway.jpg?1381309850" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> High-tech hot air </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech that failed to set the world on fire </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Kinect Leap Motion Lists Microsoft Surface RT Wii U Wed, 02 Oct 2013 17:09:13 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1427380 at http://www.stuff.tv Kinect lets you look your Skype caller in the eye http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/kinect-lets-you-look-your-skype-caller-eye/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Software prototype remaps and rotates your face to simulate a more natural conversation </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Gaze recognition" alt="Gaze recognition" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gaze-recognition-main.jpg?1377736187" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the problems with Skype video calls is that you and your counterpart are rarely looking each other in the eye, because you’re gazing at their on-screen image rather than directly into your webcam. It’s all a bit jarring.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Coming to normal webcams soon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>“We want to make video conference calls as similar as possible to a real meeting,” says Claudia Kuster, a doctoral student working on the prototype. “Mutual gaze awareness is a critical aspect of human communication. Our goal is to perform gaze correction without damaging the integrity of the image while completely preserving the facial expression of the person.”</p> <p>The results are a touch creepy, but decidedly effective, and the idea is to use the prototype to bring a solution to home video-callers: Kuster and her colleagues are in the process of building a Skype plug-in, which will eventually be available as a free download.</p> <p>[<a href="http://graphics.ethz.ch/publications/papers/paperKus12.php">graphics.ethz.ch</a> via <a href="http://phys.org/news/2013-08-skype-eye-contact-video.html">Phys.org</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Gaze recognition" alt="Gaze recognition" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gaze-recognition.jpg?1377736187" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/kinect-lets-you-look-your-skype-caller-eye/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kinect Microsoft Tue, 27 Aug 2013 17:30:28 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1425897 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft tells Stuff why the Kinect isn't an evil telescreen http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/microsoft-tells-stuff-why-kinect-isnt-evil-telescreen/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Why you should rip off those tinfoil hats and enjoy Microsoft&#039;s next-gen super-cam </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Debunking the conspiracy – Microsoft tells us why the Kinect isn&#039;t an evil telescreen" alt="Debunking the conspiracy – Microsoft tells us why the Kinect isn&#039;t evil" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-xbox-one-kinect-01_1.jpg?1377201519" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft's <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one-%E2%80%93-first-look-review/news" target="_blank">Xbox One</a>&nbsp;presentation at&nbsp;E3 was greeted by an angry mob of gamers wielding pitchforks and torches – raging at the console's mandatory <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/xbox-one-kinect-%E2%80%93-first-look-review/news" target="_blank">Kinect </a>and internet connectivity.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> So how will the Kinect work with the Xbox One? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Stuff spoke to Leo del Castillo, Xbox's General Manager of Console Development, who went into more detail on how exactly Kinect will function with the Xbox One.</p> <p>First things first – the Xbox One will function as normal if Kinect isn’t plugged in, though it's "still designed to work best" with it connected. Castillo stated that the Xbox team knows that "there may be times you don’t want Kinect to respond to you", so they've provided gamers with several control options.</p> <p>The first of these is standby mode. Simply saying “Kinect Off” puts the Kinect to sleep, where it will only respond to two simple words – “Kinect On”, and nothing else.</p> <p>You can also choose to fully turn Kinect off within your system settings. Once you do this, Kinect will not respond to voice commands at all, and you’ll need to turn Kinect back on manually in the system settings to use it again.</p> <p>And then of course there's the recently revealed option which is disconnecting the Kinect altogether. If you try to play a Kinect game with it disconnected, you'll be prompted to plug in or adjust your Kinect settings accordingly.</p> <p>Ultimately, Castillo believes that "the new Kinect will let you experience entirely new magic moments making your gaming and entertainment better". It's clear that the Xbox team wants gamers to use the Kinect to unlock the full potential of the Xbox One. But at least you now have plenty of options if you're not too keen.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" title="Debunking the conspiracy – Microsoft tells us why the Kinect isn&#039;t an evil telescreen" alt="Debunking the conspiracy – Microsoft tells us why the Kinect isn&#039;t evil" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kinect-2-close-up.jpg?1377201519" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Win-Win </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So there you have it. The NSA, CIA, MI6 and little green men will find it quite difficult to spy on your riveting living room debates about your kill:death ratio, at least through Kinect anyway.</p> <p>Ultimately, these changes should keep most developers and gamers happy. Uncomfortable gamers can choose to leave it unplugged entirely if they wish, but developers still have plenty of motivation to make use of all Kinect has to offer, as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/heres-what-youll-get-your-xbox-one-release-day/news" target="_blank">each and every Xbox One console will still come bundled with one</a>.</p> <p>This is a very good thing too, because the Kinect sensor is packed to the rafters with impressive tech and has great potential for gaming innovation.</p> <p>It's got a 1080p wide-angle camera for starters, with an IR sensor that gives it impressive night vision for dimly-lit gaming sessions. Its wider field of view also means that you can stand much closer than the previous generation Kinect, which had problems in tiny living rooms.</p> <p>Not only can it detect up to six people at once, but it can track individual Xbox One controllers from person to person, meaning it automatically shuffles split-screen windows if you change where you're sitting.</p> <p>Couple that with heart-rate detection, facial and voice recognition, the ability to track 25 individual joints (including thumbs) and the speed and weight of your movements, and you've got a powerful piece of kit with potential we can't wait to see be unleashed.</p> <p>Help pass the time till the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/xbox-one-stretch-your-bank-balance-november/news" target="_blank">Xbox One and Kinect's November release</a> by checking out <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/heres-what-youll-get-your-xbox-one-release-day/news" target="_blank">what you'll be getting with your Xbox One on release day</a>, as well as our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one-vs-sony-ps4-depth/feature" target="_self">Xbox One vs PS4 guide</a> for all you need to know about the next generation of gaming.</p> <p>There's also an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/xbox-one-vs-ps4-controller-showdown/feature" target="_blank">Xbox One vs PS4 controller comparison</a> to gauge which controller's right for your eager hands and an in-depth look into <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/sony-ps4-vs-xbox-one-4k-war-begins/feature" target="_blank">the future of 4K on both next-gen consoles.</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Debunking the conspiracy – Microsoft tells us why the Kinect isn&#039;t a an evil telescreen" alt="Debunking the conspiracy – Microsoft tells us why the Kinect isn&#039;t a an evil tel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-xbox-one-kinect-02_0_0.jpg?1377201519" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="500" height="375" title="Debunking the conspiracy – Microsoft tells us why the Kinect isn&#039;t a an evil telescreen" alt="Debunking the conspiracy – Microsoft tells us why the Kinect isn&#039;t evil" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kinect-2-2_0.jpg?1377201519" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/microsoft-tells-stuff-why-kinect-isnt-evil-telescreen/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/microsoft-tells-stuff-why-kinect-isnt-evil-telescreen/feature#comments Games consoles Kinect Microsoft Xbox One Wed, 14 Aug 2013 11:43:25 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1425539 at http://www.stuff.tv