Eye Of Sauron Kinect Hack Is Watching You, No Really It Is

Posted on March 23, 2011

The Eye Of Sauron has been created using a Microsoft Kinect. A UK tech company called The Technology Studio have given life to The Lord of the Rings’ main boss, …

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Kinect Hacks: Dodgeball on iOS

Posted on February 21, 2011

Intrigued by Microsoft’s demo for Kinect Adventures‘ Rally Ball minigame and its Windows Phone 7 integration? The minds at Supertouch have created a mock-up of the program, which swaps out the Windows-branded smartphones for iOS devices. Check out a video demonstration of the hack below!


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Rumor: Epic Games Developing Kinect Sports: Gears of War

Posted on February 14, 2011

The rumored Gears of War Kinect game might not be a shooter.

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Ubisoft Is Looking Into Doing Kinect Adaptations Of Major Franchises

Posted on February 03, 2011
Could we soon control an assassin through the wonders of motion control?

It may still be early in its life as a gaming peripheral, but this year could be the make or break moment for the Kinect.  So far we’ve seen glimpses at brilliance with the Kinect but it’s often been in games that are mildly entertaining at best and really don’t fit the core gaming label. Microsoft will no doubt continue to push the Kinect through its first party efforts or signing exclusive deals with studios such as Grasshopper Manufacture to produce games for the motion sensing system.

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Kinect Hacker Gives Juggling Skills to Minecraft Monuments

Posted on January 23, 2011

The Kinect hacker that made himself into a bunch of Minecraft monuments has now put those monuments in motion.

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Man plays Max Payne with impressively hacked Kinect. Needs controller regardless (Kinectimals)

Posted on January 13, 2011

Two wrongs, they say, do not make a right. Sometimes however, it seems they can cancel each other out. Take, for instance, this video of a new Kinect hack from a chap named Demize2010. Using Kinect to control Max Payne, he strafes, runs, leaps in bullet-time, changes weapons and reloads, all utilising nothing more than leaning motions and (occacionally camp) hand gestures. Aiming and shooting? Those are achieved via a Wiimote. Sorry Microsoft, but we have been trying to tell you that “you are the controller” is not a complete solution.

But here you have it. Two of the hardcore’s most derided things used in harmony to play one of the hardcore’s most venerated games. Clicky on and you shall see.


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The best of the PC at CES 2011

Posted on January 11, 2011

The Consumer Electronics Show 2011 has just wrapped up, showing off hundreds of hot new gadgets to the world. CES always provides a great insight into the technology of the future, and that includes the chips, processors and controllers we can expect to be using with our PCs later this year. Below you’ll find an overview of five of the most interesting bits of new tech shown at this year’s convention.

1. Razer Hydra motion controls and Portal 2

Razer have created their own precision motion controller for the PC. It’s called the Hydra, and like the Ninendo Wii controller, it consists of two handheld controllers linked by a cable, the movements of which can be recognised by a device that sits on your desktop and projects a six foot wide electromagnetic field. The controller will come bundled with a special copy of Portal 2 that will contain an extra level pack specifically designed to make use of the Hydra’s abilities. The controller allows the player to pick up, stretch and distort special blocks to solve the game’s puzzles. Here’s Progaming’s video showing one of the new Portal 2 levels being demoed with the Hydra.


2. Intel’s Sandy Bridge processor

It wasn’t just the Razer Hydra that featured Valve’s input at this year’s CES. Valve CEO Gabe Newell gave a presentation singing the praises of Intel’s new ‘Sandy Bridge’ processor. It’s a CPU with built in graphics card capabilities. At the moment it’s not powerful enough to make graphics cards redundant, but it’s an interesting glimpse of a possible future in which integrated graphics technology outshines separate GFX components. Newell says that Portal 2 has been specifically optimised to work with the Sandy Bridge technology.

3. PrimeSense Wavi Xtion motion sensor camera

PrimeSense are the company responsible for much of the depth sensing technology in Microsoft’s motion sensing Kinect peripheral for the Xbox 360. They’ve teamed up with ASUS to create the Wavi Xtion motion sensing camera, which has been designed for use with the PC. The device is due to be released in February along with the Xtion Pro Developer Kit, which should give Kinect hackers a more powerful alternative to the Microsoft camera. The twist to the Wavi Xtion is that it comes with a pair of boxes that wirelessly stream data between your PC and your TV, letting you play games on your TV powered by the hardware in your desktop computer.

4. Razer Switchblade

One of the best gadgets to be unveiled at CES 2011 was the prototype for Razer’s Switchblade notebook. It features a multi-touch screen and an adaptive keyboard that changes depending on the game or application you’re running. The Intel Atom processor within is powerful enough to run games, but flexible enough for multimedia activities like watching films or browsing the web. Check out the video below for an overview, or the official Razer site for more information.


5. Nvidia 3D monitor

Nvidia announced a new 3D PC monitor, the Lenovo L2363d. The 23 inch screen can display 3D images at 1920 x 1080 resolution and even comes with a built in, dual lens 3D camera that can capture 3D stills and film, and even allows for 3D video chat. Unfortunately, you’ll still need the special glasses to enjoy the 3D effect, and price details are yet to be announced.

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Microsoft announces Avatar Kinect and it actually isn’t too bad

Posted on January 07, 2011
Microsoft releases their latest service for the Kinect.

Last night Microsoft held their CES conference and unlike Sony’s offering, which once again was dry and a bit boring, some game related goods were shown off. After revealing that Xbox 360 owners would be able to use Netflix and Hulu via Kinect (yay at that I guess), the company finally revealed their latest endeavor: Avatar Kinect.

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Kinect Hacks: Real-time (fake) X-ray

Posted on January 04, 2011

X-ray glasses are so 2010. We present for your consideration this Kinect hack from Technical University of Munich researchers, led by one Tobias Blum, who have created a “magic mirror” that lets you see your own skeleton.

Okay, so it’s not actually your skeleton, but data from some anonymous patient’s CT scan, being mapped to your movements to create the spine-tingling effect. Still, make no bones about it: this is one of the more impressive Kinect hacks we’ve seen to date.

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Life + Kinect

Posted on January 02, 2011
This is what the future holds.

I cannot speak for everyone on the subject, but when I fell in love with video games and later on started writing about them, I never once thought something such as Kinect would ever be made.

Before I go any further in my opinionated banter, I will forcefully ensure that you are aware that neither ShogunGamer nor myself get any sort of pay from Xbox or Microsoft. In addition, this is strickly my opinion and my response to the “elitest” and “single-track” gamers.

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Kinect Hacks: First-person slipping

Posted on December 23, 2010

Full-body mapping isn’t new to Kinect — not even hacking it to control the MikuMikuDance is new. But this isn’t the apparent innovation put on display by a Kinect tinkerer known as “Nao_u.” The adventurous programmer combines Microsoft’s camera sensor with a pair of Vuzix VR920 LCD glasses, allowing a player to see through Miku’s eyes (projected in the VR920 head-mounted display), while controlling her in-game actions with body movements registered by Kinect. It’s total first-person VR — J-pop style — with a $400 add-on!

Feeling confident in his new body, Nao_u steps out onto a precariously placed i-beam (just where did that come from?). High above the sim city, he takes his first, wobbly steps. You can see where this is going (after the break) …

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Does Kinect Work If You Are GWAR?

Posted on December 21, 2010

GWAR has been touring the world for 25 years, leaving concertgoers with clothing soaked in blood and other bodily fluids (fake, of course). They murder monsters onstage, sacrifice celebrities and politicians, and encourage their fans to beat the holy hell out of each other. That’s all well and good, but what really concerned me as a gaming journalist was whether or not they’d ever be able to experience Kinect for Xbox 360. Considering that they are alien creatures that are constantly adorned with spikes, gladiator gear, and codpieces made out of alien sea creatures (yes, that’s what that thing is), I wasn’t sure if Kinect’s technology would be able to sense them. There was only one way to find out, so I invited them to our office.

To the horror of pretty much everyone else that works at Game Informer, lead singer Oderus Urungus and bassist Beefcake the Mighty wasted no time in accepting my invitation. In an effort to answer my question, I placed them in front of Kinect to see if they could enjoy a game of Dance Central like the rest of us.

Check out the video below to see the Kinect test as well as an impromptu office tour/invasion.

Thanks to David Schulte from CTV for his help shooting this video. Our video pro Ben Hanson was out of town and Dave stepped up to help make this happen.

WARNING: This is GWAR we’re talking about. They are offensive, rude, immature, and pretty *** gross. You’ve been warned. Not intended for viewers under the age of 18.

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Kinect Learns To Drive. Seriously, It's Driving

Posted on December 11, 2010

A team at the University of Bundeswehr in Munich has taught Microsoft’s Kinect sensor how to drive RC cars. Do we have to worry about it cruising around the city trying to pick up chicks now?

Using software from DARPA, Michael Schweitzer and Michael Himmelsbach from the University of Bundeswehr hooked a Kinect unit up to a remote controlled car and set it loose in their workshop. Check out the video below. Then lock you doors. Who knows what kind of mischief Kinect is going to get up to now that it’s mobile.

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New Robot Uses Kinect for Peepers

Posted on November 18, 2010

The list of uses for Kinect, other than petting a adorable baby tiger or getting your groove on, just got a little bit longer.

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Star Wars Kinect Game Due Out Holiday 2011

Posted on November 11, 2010

Kudo Tsunoda, creative director for Kinect at Microsoft, has revealed to the BBC (via 1UP) that the Star Wars Kinect game, shown at E3 2010, will be released in Holiday 2011.

Tsunoda told BBC, “We have a Kinect Star Wars game coming out for next holiday [Christmas 2011].” He continued, “I think you could just easily imagine being a Jedi and using Kinect to make you feel you’re part of a Star Wars experience, building yourself up into a Jedi.”

The title was shown to press at E3 2010 at the

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Reviews: Kinect and Launch Titles

Posted on November 10, 2010

Susan Arendt and The Escapist Staff give you a look at some of the launch titles for Kinnect.

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Review: Kinect and Launch Titles

Posted on November 10, 2010

Kinect is nifty tech with great potential, but few launch games really take advantage of it.

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Culture Club: Kinect is here, now what?

Posted on November 08, 2010

The few GamePro staffers (and one Destructoid editor) brave enough to play Kinect at length offer their thoughts on the future of Microsoft’s newest device.

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Kinect launch round-up (Kinect Sports)

Posted on November 07, 2010

Kinect is finally here, and Microsoft has made damn sure every last one of us knows about it. From the mega-launch in New York City to ads just about everywhere, Kinect shall not be ignored. But how is it actually faring amongst our oh-so-humble review crew members? Find everything you need to know here in our handy-dandy round-up.

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