Microsoft hand research ripens Kinect for work (w/ video)

Yes, there was a certain Tom Cruise movie with gestures just like these. No, we're not going to name it. Cem Keskin, a researcher over at Microsoft Labs, demonstrated a great new evolution of the Kinect hardware, Microsoft's awesome depth-sensing, body-mapping, voice-recognizing accessory to the Xbox 360. Up until now, commercial Kinects have not been able to detect individual movements of the hands and fingers; everything above the wrist just showed up as a single dot. Open hand, closed fist, give the machine the finger, it'd have no idea. But not anymore. Technologically, more detailed sensing has been possible for awhile; the Leap Motion sensor can detect very precise and delicate motions of the fingers, as can the upcoming armband-based MYO system. Kinect is a cheap consumer product, designed for gaming and entertainment browsing, so there hasn't really been much need to give the machine significantly more precise sensors. But with the successor to the Xbox 360 coming soonish--it'll probably be announced

Microsoft hand research ripens Kinect for work (w/ video)

(Phys.org) —Beyond reading body motions, Kinect is getting a workup by researchers at Microsoft, now showing substantial control additions. Microsoft Research this week showed how Microsoft ...

Thu 7 Mar 13 from Phys.org

Video: Microsoft adds Kinect gesture support for Windows 8

Microsoft's versatile Kinect device has proven to be quite popular, and not just for gaming on the Xbox 360. read more

Thu 7 Mar 13 from TG Daily

Windows Gestures Support Headed to the Kinect

At the risk of reviving a tired comparison, we can't help but bring up the fact that we keep inching closer to Minority Report-like computing. Swiping and using gestures on physical touchscreens ...

Thu 7 Mar 13 from HotHardware

The Kinect Can Recognize Hand and Multitouch Gestures

Yes, there was a certain Tom Cruise movie with gestures just like these. No, we're not going to name it. Cem Keskin, a researcher over at Microsoft Labs, demonstrated a great new evolution ...

Wed 6 Mar 13 from Popular Science

Kinect Fusion creates 3D models from scanned objects

Three years after Microsoft first showed off Kinect's ability to scan objects, the feature is getting real — if you have the Windows sensor.

Wed 6 Mar 13 from Dvice

Microsoft's vision: What an upgraded Kinect means for consumers

Microsoft has demoed the latest upgrades to the Kinect. Grabbing, pinching, swiping – it's all a part of Microsoft's vision for the future and the Kinect is leading the way. 

Wed 6 Mar 13 from The Christian Science Monitor

Kinect Can Detect Clenched Fist

While there is obviously going to be a next generation Kinect with improved resolution and other features Microsoft Research are already hard at work implementing new software that could be ...

Wed 6 Mar 13 from iProgrammer

Kinect Fusion 3D object scanning coming in future Kinect for Windows SDK update

When we first got an early look at Kinect Fusion at Microsoft's research labs back in December 2011 it seemed like a technology that would take years to be made available as ...

Wed 6 Mar 13 from The Verge

Kinect Will Soon Replace Your Mouse With Your Hands

Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox is expected to have its Kinect heavily integrated into the system, but the company is looking past the home console market to have computers rely ...

Wed 6 Mar 13 from Ubergizmo

Kinect looks to replace your mouse with your fists

Microsoft is showing off Kinect's features at TechFest this week, allowing folks to use hand gestures to replace a mouse. [Read more]

Wed 6 Mar 13 from CNET

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