Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Plethora of Kinect Hacks: Part I

Kinect is fast becoming a dream machine for experimental applications, rather than the actual games it was released with (yet). Here is a slew of hacks, and they just keep coming. Microsoft has hit something big here. Its almost like you know that a UI will come for PC, but with OpenKinect and other home-brew engines, the cat is already out of the bag. It would be hard to believe that Microsoft didn't see this coming. Perhaps they will let those brave folks test the waters for them while probably secretly brewing up something of their own. I suspect one or more of these folks just might end up working for MSFT at some point, given their brief history with Project Natal Kinect.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Kinect Sees In 3D, Microsoft Sees In Green [Update]


Microsoft has hoped to pick up the motion controlled game craze right where Nintendo left off with the Wii. So far it looks like they have actually made their first craze. After just 10 days from its launch on Nov 4th, Microsoft has reported 1 million Kinects sold. Hmm, Microsoft and craze. Those are 2 words that most people don't quite imagine being in the same sentence. They seem to be taking pages from both Nintendo and Apple Corp here, delivering all the flash of a new iPad with the cutesy UI and branding of Nintendo's Wii. Although there hasn't been gameplay from a single "gamer's game" shown except maybe Child of Eden, the hardware itself seems to deliver on many levels. Its the kind of device that this site was created for. Now that it seems to be a big ticket holiday seller, I think the chances are actually good of getting some good official software from developers.

Note, the poster of that Youtube video obviously isn't a fan of Always Sunny.

Update: Microsoft has now announced that 2.5 million units have been sold in the first 25 days. Thats 100,000 a day, for those keeping count.

Back After Boring Hiatus

About-Interface is back after a not-so-short break. What did we miss? I'll try to patch in some important stories as I go.