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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Xbox One’s original requirement for the Kinect 2.0 sensor to always be connected and active led many gamers to raise concerns about their privacy. Microsoft eventually caved in on that requirement, but anyone upgrading to the new Xbox One now has an absolute guarantee that the Kinect 2.0 sensor won’t keep tabs on them with this new accessory from PDP that completely blocks both of its cameras.
The ability to passively track people within a given space is every retailer’s dream (and every conspiracy theorist’s nightmare). Those dreams recently took a step closer to reality with the debut of a new people-tracking system from MIT.