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Microsoft to sell standalone Xbox One Kinect sensor for $150 this October

Four months after it began selling the Xbox One without a Kinect sensor in June, Microsoft will now offer up a way for customers to purchase the motion-tracking device separately. The company announced today that a standalone Kinect will be available starting Oct. 7 for $149.99 — that’s $50 cheaper than the Kinect for Windows. The Kinect for Xbox… Read More

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Jintronix raises more cash from Madrona to help patients rehab with Microsoft’s Kinect

Microsoft’s Kinect sensor isn’t just for playing games — it’s also being used to help physical therapy patients recover from injuries in more efficient ways than ever. One company making this possible is Jintronix, a Seattle-based startup that is set to raise a $1.2 million round led by Madrona Venture Group. The company, which moved its… Read More

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Microsoft starts selling $399 Xbox One without Kinect sensor

Just as Microsoft is set to make announcements at the big E3 video game conference, the company today has begun selling a cheaper version of its Xbox One console. Previously announced in May, Microsoft is now offering a $399 Xbox One — $100 cheaper than normal — that comes without the Kinect sensor, its trademark accessory that… Read More

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Xbox One $100 price cut already generating more demand for console

At least in some stores, Microsoft’s decision to offer a cheaper version of the Xbox One is producing strong demand. Last week, Microsoft announced that starting June 9 it will sell a standalone Xbox One, without the Kinect, at $100 cheaper than the current Xbox One price ($499). As GameSpot notes here, that cut has resulted in more interest in Microsoft’s… Read More

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Microsoft selling Xbox One without Kinect for $399

Microsoft has announced that it will be selling a standalone Xbox One that will cost about $100 less than the current bundle. The gaming and entertainment console will cost $399 starting on June 9 in all geographies, and will ship without Kinect, its trademark accessory that enables you to do motion and voice controls. It’s available now for… Read More

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Microsoft to debut new Kinect for Windows this summer

Just a few days after showing off photos of the new Kinect for Windows, Microsoft announced at its Build conference that the motion-tracking device will hit shelves sometime this summer. The Redmond software giant previously said that the Kinect for Windows v2 would be arriving in 2014, but hadn’t specified a time. Microsoft notes that… Read More

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Report: Apple buys PrimeSense, the maker of the original Kinect sensor

After countless rumors pointing to an acquisition, Apple has finally pulled the trigger and bought PrimeSense. According to a report by AllThingsD, Apple purchased the Israel-based manufacturer of 3D sensing products for around $360 million. Neither company has discussed the terms of the deal. If PrimeSense’s name sounds familiar, that’s because it made the sensor… Read More

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Video demo: Putting Xbox One voice commands to the test

“Xbox, Watch TV.” “Xbox, Go to Forza Motorsport 5.” “Xbox, Mute.” These are just a few of the phrases you can say in your living room that Microsoft’s newest console will recognize. With the Xbox One, Microsoft is making a big bet on voice commands — significantly expanding the vocabulary of words recognized by the… Read More

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Kinect-controlled water fountains? Student contest focuses on fluid interfaces

Next stop, the Bellagio? Computer-controlled water fountains are giving an unusual twist to an annual student contest that explores new ways of interacting with computer hardware. Check out the video above for some of the examples from organizers, showing what’s possible — including using Microsoft Kinect to “shape” a water show in real time using… Read More

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This app uses Kinect technology to prevent you from running into things while texting

Good news for smartphone addicts who just can’t keep their eyes off the iPhone: There’s an app in development designed to alert you of oncoming traffic. Juan Hincapié-Ramos, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Manitoba’s, is working on early-stage development of an app called CrashAlert that uses a depth-sensing camera to alert you of oncoming… Read More

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Next-gen Kinect coming to Windows in 2014

Among the array of new features unveiled at Microsoft’s Xbox One revealing on Tuesday were the upgrades to the new Kinect sensor. Today Microsoft announced that same improvements to the motion-tracking system for Xbox will be coming to the next-generation Kinect for Windows and will arrive on shelves at some point next year. Microsoft wouldn’t disclose… Read More

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The next Xbox: What to expect from Microsoft’s new console

Well, we’re almost there. In less than 24 hours, the tech world will be listening and watching in anticipation as Microsoft officially unveils the next generation of the Xbox. The console market has been struggling, but Microsoft — which has led in the U.S. in console sales for 28 consecutive months — is aiming to shake things up… Read More

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How this startup went from Microsoft’s Kinect Accelerator to creating a kickass iOS app

If you haven’t heard of Freak’n Genius, well, the past week at the company will tell you everything you need to know. The Seattle-based startup just debuted a extremely funny mobile app called YAKiT, which lets you manipulate the mouths of your family, friends, cats, dogs, celebrities and really, just about anything. To help promote and market… Read More