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Microsoft Kinect

Written By Techmagnifier | Sep 27, 2011 1:26 PM

• Colour and depth-sensing lenses
• Voice microphone array
• Tilt motor for sensor adjustment
• Fully compatible with existing Xbox 360 consoles
• Tracks up to 6 people, including 2 active players
• Tracks 20 joints per active player
• Ability to map active players to LIVE Avatars
• Audio System
• LIVE party chat and in-game voice chat (requires Xbox LIVE Gold Membership)
• Echo cancellation system enhances voice input
• Speech recognition in multiple

Recall Nintendo Wii? Yeah we are talking about 2006 when the gadget had poppedits head in the market and lured us like children of Hamlin.This was the very first time that we had the taste of a modern gaming system where motion controller was the USP of the product. Inarguably, that was a revolutionary moment forthe gaming industry.It seems Microsoft is aiming to hold on the fervour and even scale it up a little with Kinect which is devoid of any physical controller. Instead your body does the entire job. In other words, you feel the game that you play. Design and feel

The feel is the key here when you are getting your hands on to Microsoft Kinect for the very first time. The first instant can be a little confusing with the voice commands (if not baffling) not working the way it’s meant to do. Don’t worry that will come with time.The aesthetics of Kinect are no breath-taking affair but the gadget designers have retained a simple structure to make sure it’s over loaded with features and not with some smart ergonomics that has nothing to offer from within.


The sensors in Microsoft Kinect sensor comprises of RGB camera which is couple with another depth sensor that keeps a track as you move your limbs to portray the character in the game. Originally names as Project Natal, the device is intelligent enough to measure 48 joints in your body.Microsoft like XBOX 360 games have chosen the colour purple to mark the games to be played on the device. When in store, you shall not have to think twice on colours; green goes for X box, purple goes for Kinect. It has the power to detect the presence of six players in the very same room. It supports only two players at one time. Although, the manual says you should place the sensor box below the TV, it worked much better in the reverse manner. In that way, thesensor camera is in a much better position to look and pick up your moves and hence gameplay becomes a doubly pleasurable experience for one and all. If you one out of many who finds it hard to catch a ping pong ballon field, here’s a chance to redeem yourself. Don’t rely on the character. Rely on yourself and make sure that you move your limbs in the right way.Once you connect it to your XBOX 360, you are all set to experience the very best of gesture controlled interface which tracks each and every movement of your body.

In some games like “Adventures’ the motion sensors took quite a bit of time to understand the trip over practises when the obstacles were rolled down in the way of the character. However, this was one minor glitch which did well over time and as the game progressed things were pretty good and an enjoyable experience. Kinect grips you almost all the time as the player feels the characterwithin and controls his moves. The funny thing is if you are a fast catcher and things go your way with the first gameplay of Kinect, there can’t be a more pleasant experience than this. However, if things turn out to be bad, then you are the only one to be blamed as your body is the controller in this case.

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