Xbox Kinect: Microsoft’s Key To The Living Room?

first_imgRelated Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#Kinect#Microsoft#Xbox 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout So far, the market has responded. Projects like OpenKinect have spawned dozens of interesting uses of the original Kinect sensor, including virtual touchscreens and three-dimensional image tracking that works in the dark. It probably won’t be long before the Ouya has its own Kinect hack. With the addition of official support and upgraded hardware, Kinect for Windows should encourage those developers to productize their work, and attract a lot more interest from commercial developers. The $200 device provides a standard platform with a high-quality camera, skeletal tracking, face and voice recognition, and a wealth of development tools and support. Its camera alone is probably worth the cost. Kinect-ing With Physical TherapyLate in 2012, the Department of Defense expressed some interest in using the Kinect for therapy. The DoD found the Kinect particularly interesting for the ongoing treatment of remote patients, or those who wanted to maintain anonymity while undergoing care. The economics of the system make sense (the costs of just a few patient transports could easily pay for a Kinect and PC), and Microsoft is pursuing the deal aggressively.Medicine is a big market for the Kinect. Tokyo Women’s Medical University is currently using Kinects as part of its Opect project (see video here), which lets surgeons access information in a hands-free, Minority Report style that doesn’t contaminate their hands.While medical uses make better PR than an automatic Nerf gun turret, they still doesn’t get the Kinect into the average living room.For that, we’ll need an entirely new killer app. If Microsoft gets really lucky, that app might come from crowdsourcing. But the more likely source is a certain television manufacturer with a dislike for Apple and Sony. See more Kinect coverage on ReadWrite. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App cormac foster It’s official. Long after the XBox 360 is relegated to scrap heaps and Gamestop bargain bins, the Microsoft Kinect – the XBox peripheral that lets you control the action with body movements alone – will be going strong.A Mediocre Game ControllerTo tell the truth, the Kinect is a pretty ho-hum video game controller. It works with a fairly weak selection of game, given how long  it’s been on the market, largely because blockbuster games generally require the kind of pinpoint control you can get only from a joystick or control pad. Microsoft may be working on games that take better advantage of the Kinect hardware, but that’s not the point. The point is that the Kinect is a cheap, open, powerful piece of hardware with a life beyond video games. It’s been hacked in a number of ways since its inception, and with October’s launch of Kinect for Windows, Microsoft is fulfilling the promise of its SDK and throwing the company’s weight behind the effort in a big way.Microsoft Moving Beyond The XboxMicrosoft’s emphasis on the Kinect makes sense. The XbBox has been wildly successful within the high-end game market, but that covers only a fraction of total households. To earn the company’s SmartGlass system a spot in non-gamer living rooms, Microsoft needs a central piece of hardware, and an open Kinect gives it an in that Apple and Google can’t currently match. On the back-end, Microsoft is positioning the Kinect as a boon to revenue-hungry content providers, but on the demand side, it’s hoping the market will take care of things on its own. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

10 months agoBarcelona ace Messi full of praise for Puig and Miranda

first_imgBarcelona ace Messi full of praise for Puig and Mirandaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona ace Leo Messi has sung the praises of Riqui Puig and Juan Miranda.Both youngsters have seen first team action this season.Messi said, “They have been training with us for a whole and you see they are different players. “The club did well in bringing them up to train with us. They will grow more and that’s good the club are using people from the youth academy because for a while nobody came. Going back to that model is important for the academy and the club.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

25 days ago​Petit: Emery will ruin Arsenal with rotation

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Petit: Emery will ruin Arsenal with rotationby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal legend Emmanuel Petit is warning current boss Unai Emery against heavy rotation.The Gunners have to manage their resources as they battle for several competitions, including the Premier League and Europa League.As they face a tough away test against fellow top four rivals Manchester United on Monday night, Petit believes excessive rotation could create a problem at the Emirates Stadium club.Petit wrote on the Paddy Power website: “What Unai Emery wants to create is a team.A collective unit.”Not just the first 11 but the whole group. This is why he’s constantly rotating his side and including young players.”I like this idea, but it’s difficult for players to operate in a system like this.”He changes so often – but you need to be playing regularly in order to adapt like this. His demands from the players are huge.”But if they show the character they’ve shown recently, they have the potential to do something.”Belief comes with results, but results come from what you bring to the pitch. That doesn’t come easily.” last_img read more

9 days agoBrewster reveals Liverpool boss Klopp instantly rejected loan request

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Brewster reveals Liverpool boss Klopp instantly rejected loan requestby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool youngster Rhian Brewster says Jurgen Klopp immediately rejected his request to leave the club on loan.The 19-year-old has made just one appearance for the Reds this season.And Brewster revealed he asked to leave the club temporarily in the summer.”He said no straight away, so that shows that he has great faith in me and wants to push me towards the first team,” Brewster said.”Obviously it’s hard, with our front three, to get game-time because they’re all amazing players. It’s going to be difficult, but you just have to keep going and going.” last_img read more

Alleged PATH stabber Rohinie Bisesar declared unfit to stand trial

first_imgTORONTO – A woman charged in an apparently unprovoked fatal stabbing in Toronto’s financial district was declared unfit to stand trial Tuesday, with a judge ordering her to spend two months receiving treatment at a mental health facility.Rohinie Bisesar faces one count of first-degree murder in the death of Rosemarie Junor, a 28-year-old newlywed who was stabbed at a Shoppers Drug Mart in Toronto’s popular underground PATH network of shops in December 2015.Bisesar was originally slated to stand trial in January 2018, but the Crown requested she receive a fitness assessment.That hearing began before a jury on Monday, with Bisesar claiming she hears unseen people speaking to her who control her actions. She also claimed Junor is not really dead.Forensic psychiatrist Dr. Ian Swayze testified that Bisesar has a mental illness consistent with schizophrenia and experiences delusions, auditory hallucinations, disordered thoughts and paranoia.Because of her condition, Bisesar could not effectively conduct her own defence or instruct defence counsel, Swayze told the court.Fitness requires that a person be able to instruct their lawyer, understand why they’re in court and who the major players are, including the judge and prosecutor.The jury at the fitness hearing found Bisesar unfit to stand trial after a short deliberation on Tuesday.Justice John McMahon, who was presiding over the matter, then ordered Bisesar to spend 60 days in treatment at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, a standard measure for people deemed unfit for trial, known as a “treatment order.”Bisesar will likely be given anti-psychotic and anti-anxiety medications while at CAMH, the court heard.She is scheduled to return to court on Feb. 9. At that point, a new hearing will be scheduled to determine if Bisesar’s treatment has resulted in her being fit to stand trial, her defence lawyer Robert Karrass said.“If she has become fit, we are then able to proceed towards trial,” Karrass said. “If she is not fit then we would ask for an additional treatment order or ‘keep fit’ order to make sure she is getting her treatment.”Biseasar listened quietly to McMahon as he issued her treatment order. When given an opportunity to address the court, she said she wanted staff at CAMH to examine her face for “implants” which she said could be affecting her behaviour.Bisesar also asked to fire Karrass and represent herself — a request she made numerous times throughout the fitness hearing.McMahon responded that someone found unfit is not legally allowed to represent themselves.“These folks (on the jury) decided, rightly or wrongly, that you are not fit right now to proceed to trial,” McMahon said. “Once you’re fit we can have a bunch of discussions about whether you’d like to have a (self-represented) trial.”Bisesar will be transferred to CAMH as soon as space opens up there, likely within the next two weeks, McMahon said. Until then she will remain at a jail in Milton, Ont.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Seth Rogen (Todd Williamson/JanuaryImages/Shutterstock) BILLY EICHNER, SETH ROGEN RECALL MEETING BEYONCÉ FOR THE FIRST TIME AT ‘THE LION KING’ PREMIEREBilly Eichner and Seth Rogen may co-star in the new “The Lion King” with Beyoncé, but they didn’t meet Queen Bey until the world premiere of the movie earlier this month in Hollywood.“She was really lovely,” Eichner told me when he and Rogen sat down for this week’s episode of “The Big Ticket,” Variety and iHeart’s movie podcast. “We happened to be backstage together. Seth and I were the first ones backstage waiting to go and then Beyoncé was the next person. Seth and I were just in the corner not knowing what to do or say. She came right up to us, introduced herself and gave us all hugs.” READ MORE SETH ROGEN & BILLY EICHNER ON ‘THE LION KING’ AND FAVORITE DISNEYLAND RIDESWith director Jon Favreau’s The Lion King now playing in theaters, I recently sat down with Seth Rogen (Pumbaa) and Billy Eichner (Timon) for an exclusive interview. During the brief but fun interview, they talked about why being able to record together helped their performances, if Disney gave them free annual passports as a thank you for being in the film, what’s their favorite rides at Disneyland, and more. READ MORE SETH ROGEN TAKES A JAB AT ‘GAME OF THRONES” EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: ‘I’M WILLING TO SHOW MY FACE’The stars of “Game Of Thrones” tried to put the series finale controversy behind them during a panel on Friday at Comic-Con, but Seth Rogen just brought it up again.Seth Rogen, producer of “Preacher”, and the show’s stars Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Julie Ann Emery and Mark Harelik took the stage at Hall H to talk about the final season of their comic book adaptation, the moderator asked Rogen if “Preacher” or “Game Of Thrones” would have a better ending. READ MORE Twitter Facebook SETH ROGEN & BILLY EICHNER INTERVIEW: THE LION KINGThe Lion King’s dynamic duo of Timon (Billy Eichner) and Pumbaa (Seth Rogen) stole the show for many captivated viewers this week. With updated jokes and improvised riffs that will soon become brand-new classics, they took Hakuna Matata to the next level. The established comedians shared a little about their recording experience with Screen Rant, as well as divulging which scene had them the most worried. READ MORE Advertisementlast_img read more

Federal governments conduct far from irreproachable says Canadian Human Rights Tribunal

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal government has been accused of knowingly withholding key pieces of information from parties involved in an ongoing Canadian Human Rights Tribunal looking into whether Canada discriminates against First Nations children.In a ruling released Wednesday from the tribunal panel, Canada has until the end of August to provide tens of thousands of documents relevant to the case that they’ve been withholding.The documents were discovered after Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, one of the complainants in the case, submitted an access to information request to the department of Aboriginal Affairs.The tribunal is hearing a case brought on by the FNCFCS and the Assembly of First Nations. Both accuse Canada of spending less on First Nations child welfare than what provincial governments spend for non-First Nations children.What seemed to trouble the tribunal panel was that the government concealed the relevant documents from the parties involved and for how long.“The respondent (Canada), knew of the existence of a number of these documents, prejudicial to its case and highly relevant in the summer of 2012 and yet failed to disclose them,” the ruling states.Download (PDF, Unknown)According to the ruling, the parties involved, including the Canadian Human Rights Commission, the AFN and the Chiefs of Ontario, had three opportunities, Oct. 31, 2012, Dec. 28, 2012 and Feb. 25, 2013, to disclose information that could be used to examine witnesses who were called to testify.Canada submitted its first two sets of records by October and its third at the end of December. In a conference call with all parties in early February, Canada confirmed that, for its part, it would be able to abide by the Feb. 25, 2013 deadline.But all that came crashing down in May 2013 as the tribunal was underway. The hearings start again July 15.The discovery of the large amount of documents came after Blackstock became curious about the lack of information being disclosed by Justice Canada at the hearing. In the fall of 2012, Blackstock filed an access to information request to Aboriginal Affairs.In April 2013, she received a compact disc containing thousands of records dealing with First Nations child welfare agencies across the country and information regarding some of the witnesses who had already testified at the tribunal. When Blackstock cross-referenced the information to what the government had disclosed, she found that the information was no where to be found. The information included an audit of the Mi’kmaq Family Services in Nova Scotia and the Gixen Family services in British Columbia.When the hearings started again in May, Blackstock and her lawyer brought up the issue.“This is a surprise to us that there is a large volume of documents yet to be disclosed,” FNCFCS lawyer Paul Champ told the tribunal. “We always believed there would be ongoing disclosure because the case is ongoing and new audits come up then fine, but it appears from the letter from counsel (Justice Canada) that basically there’s a large number of documents dating back to 2010 that have not yet been disclosed.”It was then Canada acknowledged that there were approximately 50,000 documents that may be relevant to the tribunals work and that it would take considerable effort to get those documents ready for the parties involved.The feds said at the hearing that it was going beyond what its understanding of disclosure was for this case.“The Attorney General takes disclosure very seriously,” said Justice Canada lawyer Jonathan Tarlton at the hearing. “I understand that before this hearing was reconvened, it was anticipated that disclosure would go back to 2009 and as Mr. Champs’ letter states, we’ve gone to 2010.”None of the parties could recollect such an agreement.The federal government knew it had a mountain of paperwork to go through. Every regional office was being tapped for documents from coast to coast to coast.In 2008, it hired Public History Inc. to sift through the records and prepare a package for Aboriginal Affairs and Justice Canada to approve. But it was while one of PHI’s staff was testifying at the tribunal that the parties learned of the scope of the search and that Canada was not even close to meeting its deadline.According to Pia Newell Santiago, co-president of PHI, Canada was told in October of 2012 that because of the high number of records, it was at risk of missing its March 2013 deadline.The company suggested that Canada hire a second company to assist. Canadian Development Consultants Inc. was hired in March 2013, three days after Canada lost its last federal court ruling trying to kill the tribunal hearings. CDCI informed Canada that its projected completion date was the end of September 2013. According to the tribunal, Canada also hired a third company, but has yet to provide details, including the name or the nature of its work for the government.This testimony wasn’t lost on the tribunal panel. In its ruling it chastises Canada for failing to reveal this information.“The respondent attended the hearing dates in in April 2013 knowing full well that its disclosure requirement was incomplete. Furthermore, it had just entered into a contract with CDCI to assist in completing its disclosure requirement and had been informed by the company that it would take until the end of September 2013, at the earliest, to complete. The respondent withheld this information from the parties and the tribunal,” the tribunal said.No one from Aboriginal Affairs was available to comment.The tribunal sent the parties off together to try and work out an agreement of when the records would be disclosed. Canada stated that it could roll out the release between September and December 2013, or after the tribunal had wrapped up its work. A number of meetings followed and the parties could not agree so they asked the tribunal to rule.The tribunal panel was asked by the Caring Society to set a final date of mid-June where all the documents held by the government of Canada would be disclosed. Canada on the other hand, said that given the vast amount of records to be sorted and approved, asked for an adjournment until the fall.In Wednesday’s ruling, the panel met each party halfway.The panel ordered Canada to fully disclose the records by August 31, 2013.And added:“We note that the respondent’s conduct here is far from irreproachable…had the respondent communicated the challenges it faced in obtaining these large amount of disclosure, the tribunal, with the parties, could have worked together to find a solution. The respondent has denied this opportunity to everyone and forced the tribunal, to put it bluntly, into a mode of damage control.”The hearing will now go into [email protected]last_img read more