The Kinect Sensor Can Track Your Hands in Real-Time With Crazy Precision

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… » 10/06/14 4:03pm 10/06/14 4:03pm

The Oculus Rift Just Took a Big Step Towards Not Looking So Damn Goofy

Oculus VR is now owned by Facebook, but that won't keep them from slurping up some companies of their own. And most recently, Oculus VR has agreed to snap up the Carbon Design Group, the designers behind the wonderful Xbox 360 controller and the original Kinect. Someday soon, it might not look quite so silly. » 6/24/14 3:49pm 6/24/14 3:49pm

Some Guy Created a Holodeck with an Oculus Rift and 3 Kinects

With no shortage of ingenuity, 3D video expert Oliver Kreylos managed to transplant his entire body into a virtual reality environment using three Microsoft Kinects and an Oculus Rift. It's a little fuzzy, but it's easy to recognize what he's really done. He's created a Holodeck—or something close to it. » 5/14/14 12:00pm 5/14/14 12:00pm

Microsoft Just Won't Stop Making the Xbox One Worse

The Xbox One is a fine machine—great even—but it's nothing compared to what it was supposed to be. Reluctant backtrack after reluctant backtrack has left us a box that does a shadow of what it might have done. And with a new Kinect-free Xbox One bundle, Microsoft is fully burying those dreams and all but spitting on… » 5/13/14 2:10pm 5/13/14 2:10pm

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… » 1/31/14 8:06pm 1/31/14 8:06pm

Microsoft's Building Smart Elevators That Know When You Want to Get On

Smartphones, smartwatches, smart home appliances. Why not smart elevators? That's the question Microsoft asked—and then answered, by putting a Kinect camera in an elevator, training it to recognize when people want to get on, and teaching it to open the doors automatically when needed. Smart, indeed. » 1/22/14 6:40pm 1/22/14 6:40pm

A Handy List of All the Ways to Shout and Wave at Xbox One

One of the coolest/creepiest features of the Xbox One is its ability to obey your spoken and flailed commands. But which speaks and flails will it understand, and which will be met with a blank Kinect stare? Don't spend all Thanksgiving weekend trying to figure it out; just consult this handy chart from Microsoft's… » 11/26/13 2:49pm 11/26/13 2:49pm

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. » 11/25/13 10:42am 11/25/13 10:42am