Siri and Kinect: Heralds of a coming world free of Remote Controls

The recent debut of the Apple iPhone 4S with its sexy voiced talking Assistant named Siri hearkens to a future straight out of star trek, where people can talk to computers. My article entitled Apple iPhone 4S PostMortem – Siri Voice Assistant and iMessage Rock defended the Apple iPhone 4S, pointing out it was something […]

Microsoft Kinect – fastest-selling consumer electronics device

The Guinness World Records 2011 Gamer’s Edition is reporting that the recently launched Microsoft Kinect is now the record holder for fastest-selling consumer electronics device. It’s 10 million since launch surpasses the previous record holder the Apple iPad, launched earlier in 2010. Guinness World Records said that Microsoft sold eight million devices between 4 November last year and 3 […]

Xbox 360 Kinect released today

Formerly known as “Project Natal”, Kinect is an expansion to the Xbox 360 video game console that adds a controller free gaming and entertainment. Based around a webcam-style add-on peripheral for the Xbox 360 console, it enables users to control and interact with the Xbox 360 without the need to touch a game controller through a natural user interface using gestures, spoken commands, or presented objects and images.

Kinect Sensor

The Kinect sensor is a horizontal bar connected to a small base with a motorized pivot, and is designed to be positioned lengthwise below the video display. The device features an “RGB camera, depth sensor and multi-array microphone running proprietary software”, which provides full-body 3D motion capture, facial recognition, and voice recognition capabilities. The price point for the device is $150. Read more about Xbox 360 Kinect released today

Microsoft Expands Xbox 360 with Kinect

The impressive Project Natal was revealed last year by Microsoft at the 2009 Electric Entertainment Expo. This year at E3 2010 the official name, branding and price was revealed for the first time. Kinect as it will be known is a bar that plugs into an Xbox 360 and sits atop your TV, just like the Wii’s sensor bar, and allows the player or players to interact with games using movement and speech. The price point for he device is $150.

Kinectimals, Joyride, Kinect Sports, Kinect Adventures and Dance Central are some of the games announced so far for Kinect which leans heavily to a more casual crowd but Microsoft promises that many of it’s third party arters are busy working on more hardcore titles for the system. Read more about Microsoft Expands Xbox 360 with Kinect