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Microsoft's Latest Quest Into Digital Worlds May One Day Help Robots See

Microsoft really wants to blur the line between the digital and real worlds. While HoloLens can stick humans in a bizarro universe filled with holograms and Minecraft blocks, a new program could eventually help robots and self-driving cars better “see” their surroundings.


The Stunning View A Computer Sees When You Dance

We’re just faceless shapes made of dots and lines and nodes to a computer. And that’s kind of awesome. This experimental project by Maria Takeuchi uses Microsoft Kinect to capture the motion data of a dancer and then rebuilds those movements into a stunning dancing body made of dots and lines and nodes.


Fitmodo Shape Up Challenge: Using Video Games To Improve Fitness

We’re at the the end of Chris and Mark’s four-week Shape Up playthrough. What have they learned over the past month? Did either of them gain any muscle or lose any weight? And who the hell are you to determine what constitutes a push-up, anyway? All will be revealed in this final chapter!


Autonomous Carts Make The Easiest Part Of Shopping Even Easier

The best part of grocery shopping isn’t finding some exotic new flavour of yoghurt or the free samples, it’s tooling around the store like a rally car driver with your shopping cart. So why have researchers developed an autonomous human-tracking cart that follows you around the store? Seems like time better spent making checkout lanes less terrible.


The Australian Shape Up Xbox One Challenge: Week Three

We’re currently in the third week of our Shape Up Xbox One Challenge and things are starting to heat up. Last night, Chris and Mark took some time out from the Quest Mode to battle each other in the game’s grueling push-up challenge. Here is the video.


Fitmodo: Can You Get Fit Playing A Console? Challenge Accepted!

The Australian Challenge: Today marks the midway point of Chris and Mark’s month-long Shape Up challenge. In today’s episode, the boys share their initial thoughts about the core game mechanics and how it “shapes up” as a fitness application.


Leaked Images Show What Could've Been A Lumia 1020 Successor

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


The Kinect Sensor Can Track Your Hands In Real-Time With Crazy Precision

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


What's The Best Video Game Peripheral Ever?

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


Standalone Kinect For Xbox One Coming In October

Not long ago, Microsoft took the Kinect out of some of its Xbox One bundles, dropping the price of the console to $499 (in Australia) and giving devs extra power to play with. If you got one of those and want to add a Kinect later, you’ll be able to in October for $169.95 (Australian RRP).


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