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Kinect was never for you. Yeah, you with the Xbox One that was bundled with a Kinect. That big honking spatial camera was an impressive piece of tech, but it never did you much good as a console add-on did it?

It's been a rough life for the Xbox One's least appreciated accessory. At launch, people weren't happy that the Kinect was the reason why the Xbox One cost more than the PS4, despite its innovative motion-sensing abilities and handy built-in mic. That prompted Microsoft to quickly regroup and put out an Xbox One config that came without a Kinect, which in hindsight was the beginning of the end.

Video: New Zealand electronica artist Devin Abrams, under his solo project Pacific Heights, has just released a music video for his newest single Buried By The Burden. The video wasn't actually filmed with any cameras, though -- instead, the entire environment was depth-captured with an industrial laser scanner, while the song's vocalist Louis Baker's likeness was recorded in 3D space with an Xbox Kinect. The effect is really trippy, but it's also eerily beautiful at the same time.

The simple ability to stand, walk and get up and down stairs can be lost in a stroke, but -- especially in older people -- frailty, weakness, a fall or a period of illness can be enough to do the same thing. Rehabilitation hospitals often admit people who have lost their ability to move around safely for intensive training of their strength, balance and mobility.

Unfortunately, limited staff mean that this retraining is often much less intensive than it could be. A group of Australian researchers have studied a novel way to increase the amount of rehabilitation received by such patients.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.