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This Fish Is Driving Its Own Motorised Aquarium

It’s always a good idea to give your pets lots of exercise and freedom. But how does that work with fish that are reliant on a tank full of water to live? That’s easy; you just strap its aquarium to an RC car and rig up a device that lets the fish steer.


This Amazing Magic Eye Music Video Hides Fun Secret Moving Images

Remember how frustrating those Magic Eye images were when you were a kid? It seemed like everyone but you could see the hidden message. Until you figured it out and rubbed it in everyone’s face that they couldn’t see it. This video by Young Rival is just like those Magic Eye pictures only it turns the whole hidden message thing into one entire music video. It’s so much fun.


Microsoft Is Building Smart Lifts That Know When You Want To Get On

Smartphones, smartwatches, smart home appliances. Why not smart lifts? That’s the question Microsoft asked — and then answered, by putting a Kinect camera in a lift, training it to recognise when people want to get on, and teaching it to open the doors automatically when needed. Smart, indeed.


Swearing At The Ref In NBA 2K14 Still Gets You A Foul

How many times have you been watching a sporting match and wanted to tell the ref exactly what you thought of them? Turns out you still can’t do that in NBA 2k14 for Xbox One, as the Kinect is always listening to you, and calls a foul when you drop profanity on the black and white stripey bloke.


MIT's New $500 Kinect-Like Camera Even Works With Translucent Objects

Microsoft’s Kinect is great, but it has its limitations. Not so MIT’s new nano-camera though, which uses similar technology but can weave the same magic with translucent objects, and even work in snow or rain.


Confirmed: Apple Bought The Company That Made The Original Kinect

Your iPhone could be getting some serious new capabilities soon, following the news that Apple has acquired the 3D-sensing technology company PrimeSense. This is the same Israeli company that built the original Microsoft Kinect sensor. But that doesn’t mean Apple’s planning an Xbox competitor anytime soon.


Xbox One Kinect Cheat Sheet: New Gestures Explained

Microsoft’s newest salvo in the console wars finally launched in the wee hours of this morning. In addition to more powerful graphics, the new machine comes bundled with a redesigned Kinect sensor that promises more functionality than ever before. This handy cheat sheet explains all the new gestures and voice commands that you need to know.


This Wireless Katana Controller Was Built By An Aussie Engineer

So sci-fi author Neal Stephenson’s CLANG has been put on ice, the promised medieval fighting game running out of cash and disappointing its many Kickstarter backers. Not a great situation, to be sure, but it did push one Australian engineer to come up with his own wireless sword-shaped controller.


Kinect-Powered Security Cams Can Tell If You're Fighting

The skeletal recognition tech behind Kinect is useful for way more than just gaming. It’s good for sign language, cheating at pool and (duh) porn. But it could help stop violence, too. Thanks to Kinect, security cams could automatically know if they’re witnessing a beat-down.


Why Xbox One’s Kinect Won’t be Hal 2.0

Look, it’s OK to be a bit paranoid about technology. If you do something bad the police can indeed pull your entire internet history from the cloud and beat you with it, but sometimes you’ve just got to go with the flow and accept that things are going to be different in the future. Learning to live with Kinect, and all the other ways we’re being “watched,” is one of those times.