Xbox 360 Kinect http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/xbox-360-kinect/all en-GB KinectiChord turns two Kinects into the most visually amazing DJ console ever http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/kinectichord-turns-two-kinects-most-visually-amazing-dj-console-ever/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Who needs turntables when you have Kinects? </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="KinectiChord" alt="KinectiChord" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kinectichord-03.jpg?1373532975" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The creative chaps at digital agency Razorfish have created everything from <a href="http://emergingexperiences.com/2009/05/davinci-microsoft-surface-physics-illustrator/">physics puzzlers for the Microsoft Surface table</a> to London's <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/audi-launches-worlds-first-kinect-powered-car-dealership-london/news">Kinect-powered Audi City car showroom</a>.&nbsp;</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-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Interactive surfaces </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 is one of the things that just came out of our labs," says Razorfish group creative director Luke Hamilton. "We're on the advisory council for the Kinect for Windows team, so we get advanced versions of things. So we've been playing with some of the new software to do better tracking. "We're experimenting with the theory of 'anything that can be a pixel will be a pixel in the future.' As surfaces become interactive, what can we do with them?"</p> <p>The KinectiChord uses a twin-Kinect setup. One of the cameras faces the audience, monitoring who's standing in front of it – "We can do things like measure gender and age if we want – maybe we'll change the music out as a result of the kind of audience that's in front of it," says Hamilton. Walk closer to the screen, and it'll start tweaking the visuals to grab your interest – and fire up the second Kinect, which is trained on the KinectiChord's flexible screen. It's used to measure where you're pressing on the screen, and the force with which you're pushing – "That's used to affect audio tracks, volume, panning, EQ, so that you can play with the music."</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/a3AWvNfNQjU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </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="1200" height="900" title="KinectiChord" alt="KinectiChord" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kinectichord-02.jpg?1373532975" /> </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"> Next-gen 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>"It's still in the beta phase," notes Hamilton. "We have a lot of plans for it; you're actually going to be able to DJ on this in the future." And one of those plans is to take advantage of the Xbox One's next-gen Kinect sensor. "The KinectiChord is using the old hardware, and we can't do really precise interactions with it, it's more big gesture pushing," says Hamilton. "In the future you'll be able to just push a finger through and we'll be able to detect it – that's how high the resolution is on the depth measurement."</p> <p>Okay, we might not all have the room to set up a pair of Kinect sensors and a flexible screen in our homes – but Razorfish's beat is in retail and advertising. So expect to see the KinectiChord gracing a shop window near you soon – hot on the heels of Alan Sugar's Minority Report-style Amscreen ad hoardings.&nbsp;</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="KinectiChord" alt="KinectiChord" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kinectichord-01.jpg?1373532975" /> </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="1200" height="900" title="KinectiChord" alt="KinectiChord" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kinectichord-04.jpg?1373532975" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="KinectiChord" alt="KinectiChord" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kinectichord-05.jpg?1373532975" /> </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/microsoft/kinectichord-turns-two-kinects-most-visually-amazing-dj-console-ever/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/kinectichord-turns-two-kinects-most-visually-amazing-dj-console-ever/news#comments Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect Wed, 10 Jul 2013 16:39:32 +0000 Stephen Graves 1424791 at http://www.stuff.tv Project Natal – Microsoft says all room sizes will be able to join in the fun http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/project-natal-%E2%80%93%C2%A0microsoft-says-all-room-sizes-will-be-able-join-fun/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gamers with small living rooms can breathe a sigh of relief – Microsoft has confirmed Project Natal will not discriminate against spatially-challenged </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="356" height="236" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/149110777mn_1.jpg?1364406492" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Gamers with small living rooms can breathe a sigh of relief – Microsoft has confirmed Project Natal will not discriminate against spatially-challenged rooms.</p> <p><a href="http://stuff.tv/News/Microsoft-Xbox-Project-Natal-will-UK-homes-be-big-enough/14262/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>We told you a few days ago that Microsoft had reportedly told a group of journalists that players would need an area of at least 4 metres between their TV and sofa for it to work.</p> <p>Considering an average UK room is less that 4 x 4m in dimension, that was a bit of a worry for us British gamers.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/computers-and-consoles/stuff/project-natal-%E2%80%93%C2%A0microsoft-says-all-room-sizes-will-be-able-join-fun </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/project-natal-%E2%80%93%C2%A0microsoft-says-all-room-sizes-will-be-able-join-fun/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/project-natal-%E2%80%93%C2%A0microsoft-says-all-room-sizes-will-be-able-join-fun/news#comments Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect Thu, 25 Mar 2010 05:00:00 +0000 admin 14280 at http://www.stuff.tv