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5 Things You Didn`t Know About Microsoft`s Kinect
Here a review from wired magazine about Microsoft`s Kinect.
Its Smarter Than You Think
Despite its tiny footprint, the Kinect is loaded with sensors. To track players in real time it employs an RGB camera, an infrared camera, five microphones and a motorized subsystem. All these systems communicate with the Xbox through either a dedicated port (for the new Xbox 360 S), or a dongle for older models.
It Recognizes Your Identity and Tracks Your Skeleton
What makes the Kinect different from other motion-tracking systems like the Wii and the Playstation Move is how it scans its players. Unlike other motion-sensing consoles, the Kinects array of sensors maps the room, its characteristics, and its inhabitants. It rules out stationary objects, determining whats a flesh-and-blood gamer and whats a potted plant. And because the software knows the gist of a human form (head, shoulders, various joints), it can effectively distinguish between different people.
The Software Has Been Tweaked, Too
Along with the hardware, Microsoft has rolled out some major software updates. The Kinect dashboard serves as the hub for configuring, exploring and interacting with Kinect-ready content. Though its a little barren today, Microsoft says we can expect to see a number of apps leveraging Kinect in the near future. Hellooo, voice-activated Netflix app.
There Are Decent Games, Just Not Many
Kinect is launching with a modest selection of 12 games. Though Kinect Sports and Dance Central were office favorites, the selection of hard-core titles is practically nil. Developers like Lionhead Studios are integrating Kinect capabilities into existing titles like Fable 3, so we expect more in the future.
Its Not All Perfect: There Are Limitations
In our tests, Kinect straddles a line between delight and disappointment. In the tight confines of the Gadget Lab (roughly 7 feet deep), Kinect Sports had trouble seeing our feet during the soccer minigame. However, when we moved our setup to the Wired kitchen, we gained more space (and motion-capturing reliability), but lost voice-recognition accuracy because of the atmospheric din.
In my personal opinion, i own a Wii and Kinetic is far way better. Even though the price is a lot higher but with the kinetic and Xbox, you have the two systems, its like having a Wii and a PS3. The Wii games are a lot more limited in graphic and availability! So i prefer kinetic. And you?
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