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Kinect Gesture Tech Coming To TVs and HTPCs

PrimeSense will put (most) of its voodoo into other machines.

Microsoft didn't lock up all the tech behind Kinect, meaning it's possible that the camera-controlled portion of the hands-free gadget to hit the market. And that's just dandy for creator PrimeSense, who is already striking deals to drop gesture controls into home theater PCs as well as TVs.

In a recent chat with Engadget, PrimeSense VP Adi Berenson revealed plans to put a rudimentary Kinect--called PrimeSense as well--into HTPCs by the end of the year. This is in addition to a deal the company signed with at least one cable company to have a Kinect-like box for TVs by summer 2011. Kinect tech embedded in TVs' innards is possibly coming, too, according to Berenson. So eat that, 3D.  


Don't expect a Kinectimals-level experience.  

What won't be coming across, provided that people actually want hands-free in their TVs, are Microsoft's ideas. Engadget reports that tilt or voice recognition are no goes for manufacturers. And while I'd hate to be the party pooper, I don't mind this. A device that can understand what I'm saying is just one more gizmo I'll have to defeat on Judgment Day. (Sources tell me our hands will be full enough as is.)

The sell-able portion of the tech will be able track movement in 3D space by converting our world into a grid that a computer can interpret via a camera. At the end of the day, this'll make browsing media, whether TV-based or not, with hand swipes and wrist flicks possible. You will not, however, be able to fart to change a channel or be able to predict future murders. This former is theoretically reserved for Kinect, while the latter is a Tom Cruise-exclusive jam.
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Posted by BradNicholson
Microsoft didn't lock up all the tech behind Kinect, meaning it's possible that the camera-controlled portion of the hands-free gadget to hit the market. And that's just dandy for creator PrimeSense, who is already striking deals to drop gesture controls into home theater PCs as well as TVs.

In a recent chat with Engadget, PrimeSense VP Adi Berenson revealed plans to put a rudimentary Kinect--called PrimeSense as well--into HTPCs by the end of the year. This is in addition to a deal the company signed with at least one cable company to have a Kinect-like box for TVs by summer 2011. Kinect tech embedded in TVs' innards is possibly coming, too, according to Berenson. So eat that, 3D.  


Don't expect a Kinectimals-level experience.  

What won't be coming across, provided that people actually want hands-free in their TVs, are Microsoft's ideas. Engadget reports that tilt or voice recognition are no goes for manufacturers. And while I'd hate to be the party pooper, I don't mind this. A device that can understand what I'm saying is just one more gizmo I'll have to defeat on Judgment Day. (Sources tell me our hands will be full enough as is.)

The sell-able portion of the tech will be able track movement in 3D space by converting our world into a grid that a computer can interpret via a camera. At the end of the day, this'll make browsing media, whether TV-based or not, with hand swipes and wrist flicks possible. You will not, however, be able to fart to change a channel or be able to predict future murders. This former is theoretically reserved for Kinect, while the latter is a Tom Cruise-exclusive jam.
Edited by CastroCasper

I thought that it would be the other way around, and we would be controlling our TV's with our Xbox.

Posted by Franstone

Second? hah
Posted by JLMRACING91

SO CUTE  :p

Posted by Bollard

To be honest I think that cub has a fucking terrifying smile.

Posted by mylifeforAiur

It's too late. We cant stop this........ the early years of SkyNet ;) 

Posted by John1912
@Chavtheworld said:

" To be honest I think that cub has a fucking terrifying smile. "

They are cousins of the South Park Christmas Critters....I think you know why its smiling at you..... 
 

Posted by Burns098356GX

This thing on a PC would interest me more than playing with Skittles.

Posted by Phished0ne

AWESOME: NOW I HAVE TO STAND UP AND WAIVE MY ARMS AROUND LIKE A LUNATIC JUST TO TURN UP THE VOLUME..

Posted by cikame

Cats shouldn't be able to smile...

Posted by Deathpooky

Yeah, I was hoping that Kinect would work with my TV / Cable / etc.  Voice command for that or channel changing when I can't find the remote would be great.  Why can I not just yell out TV - TOP CHEF and it does the work for me.  Where is the future I have been promised!

Posted by FMinus

This " TV tech" is moving forwards way to fast for my liking. There was a time where you bought a TV and had it standing there in the living room for 10+ years before it finally died and you had to buy a new one, while in all that time, you weren't missing much having an old set.   
  
Nowdays if you have a 2 year old TV it's already outdated and in need of replacement. And considering that a properly good & sized TV costs from 2.000EUR up, your wallet wont be happy. 

Posted by gike987

The kinectimal picture is the creepiest picture ever made. To me it just looks like the animals want to attack you.

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Posted by Meteora
@Phished0ne said:
" AWESOME: NOW I HAVE TO STAND UP AND WAIVE MY ARMS AROUND LIKE A LUNATIC JUST TO TURN UP THE VOLUME.. "
Popular to contrary beliefs; you can wave your hand arms around like a lunatic while sitting down.
Posted by teh_pwnzorer
@Phished0ne said:
" AWESOME: NOW I HAVE TO STAND UP AND WAIVE MY ARMS AROUND LIKE A LUNATIC JUST TO TURN UP THE VOLUME.. "
Don't worry.  With Kinect 2, the innovative and convenient feature will be the inclusion of a remote control with buttons.
Posted by DirtyEagles

These cats are so drunk

Posted by wiII

 Bring on the FUTURE!
Why are people complaining about moving to fast??  Dude, I want faster, I wanna see the holodeck before I die. I want to see full eye tracking, freaking holograms, sharks with laser beams, invisible cloth, light speed travel, the matrix, dick tracy watches, whatever.   For fucks sake why slow down, bring on the future.     Same goes for all this 3D stuff, bring it on, its an evolutionary process, first we had b/w photos, then color, the, b/w 2D video, then color, then red blue 3D, the polarized 3D, then the virtua boy, now we are at the next step.  With out this step how are we ever going to get to the holodeck!

Edited by Phished0ne
@Meteora said:

" @Phished0ne said:

" AWESOME: NOW I HAVE TO STAND UP AND WAIVE MY ARMS AROUND LIKE A LUNATIC JUST TO TURN UP THE VOLUME.. "
Popular to contrary beliefs; you can wave your hand arms around like a lunatic while sitting down. "
Yeah but  Kinect wouldn't recognize it, I'd be waiving my arms around like a lunatic for no reason. 
 
@wiII said:
"  Bring on the FUTURE! Why are people complaining about moving to fast??  Dude, I want faster, I wanna see the holodeck before I die. I want to see full eye tracking, freaking holograms, sharks with laser beams, invisible cloth, light speed travel, the matrix, dick tracy watches, whatever.   For fucks sake why slow down, bring on the future.     Same goes for all this 3D stuff, bring it on, its an evolutionary process, first we had b/w photos, then color, the, b/w 2D video, then color, then red blue 3D, the polarized 3D, then the virtua boy, now we are at the next step.  With out this step how are we ever going to get to the holodeck! "
3d has very little to do with "holograms". its completely different technology...i dont see how 3D development would further "Holograms" at all... "Holograms" are projected images.....
Posted by Meteora
@Phished0ne said:
" @Meteora said:

" @Phished0ne said:

" AWESOME: NOW I HAVE TO STAND UP AND WAIVE MY ARMS AROUND LIKE A LUNATIC JUST TO TURN UP THE VOLUME.. "
Popular to contrary beliefs; you can wave your hand arms around like a lunatic while sitting down. "
Yeah but  Kinect wouldn't recognize it, I'd be waiving my arms around like a lunatic for no reason. 
 
I remember it being confirmed that it recognises your movement while sitting down, but I could be wrong.
Posted by steelknight2000

It's salable not sell-able
Wabam

Posted by wiII
@Phished0ne:   OK??? but you are avoiding my real point that being cynical and making exaggerated comments like "WAIVE MY ARMS AROUND LIKE A LUNATIC JUST TO TURN UP THE VOLUME"  is short sighted.   Things like better 3D displays and evolutions of this motion sensing hardware/software will clearly have a major role in many areas of future technology.    
 
And despite you claiming 3D and holograms are different technologies currently, they still came from the same technological idea, aka wanting to see something displayed in 3D.   Which brings me right back to my point that all old (successful or failed) technology leads us towards unknown future technologies.  So give me any new tech and I'll try it. Bring on the future!
Posted by MisterMouse

the kinectimals are actually kind of creepy

Posted by Phished0ne
@wiII said:
" @Phished0ne:   OK??? but you are avoiding my real point that being cynical and making exaggerated comments like "WAIVE MY ARMS AROUND LIKE A LUNATIC JUST TO TURN UP THE VOLUME"  is short sighted.   Things like better 3D displays and evolutions of this motion sensing hardware/software will clearly have a major role in many areas of future technology.      And despite you claiming 3D and holograms are different technologies currently, they still came from the same technological idea, aka wanting to see something displayed in 3D.   Which brings me right back to my point that all old (successful or failed) technology leads us towards unknown future technologies.  So give me any new tech and I'll try it. Bring on the future! "
Its not short-sighted, its just snarky.   "real holography" is a false bill of goods that hollywood has sold to make the future seem "SUPER RAD" . we've made no real progress in the field since Time Traveler has came out.  I understand that any tech can help future development, but i think you should curb your hopes and dreams a little. 3D has nothing to do with holograms. One is practically a "stare at the picture" eye-trick, and the other is a complex series of light beams.
Edited by TwoOneFive

i've already seen all the kinect menu navigating features  and videoplayback stuff and I know for a fact that its just a fucking gimmick. A remote control is still much much faster and more efficient. this is a HUGE fucking gimmick.  

Posted by LucyGlitter

About Kinectimals: You can't make an animal smile like that, it's just wrong. It also just looks creepy.