You body is the remote control with Kinect

You body is the remote control with Kinect

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More than 2.5 million units of the Microsoft Kinect have been bought in a total of 38 countries in just one month’s time.

This game computer, where the human body is the remote control, appears to be this year’s ultimate Christmas present. But what’s the really cool thing about the Kinect. RNW’s Casper Meijer has been testing it out.

Motion gaming – basically: operating a game computer with your own physical movements – is very much ‘cool’ at the moment. It’s a whole new world compared to pressing knobs and buttons and playing with joysticks. However, unlike the Wii and Play Station Move, you don’t need a control box at all with Microsoft’s Kinect.

The Kinect is an 'add-on' for the Xbox 360 games computer – so you need to already have one of them, or go out and buy one. It’s basically a sensor which is put on or under a television and which uses a camera and infra-red technology to constantly ‘read’ body position, body attitude and motion and translates these into 'instructions'for the game. The technology behind it was originally developed for the Israeli armed forces and later acquired by Microsoft.

the remote control, appears to be this year’s ultimate Christmas present. But what’s the really cool thing about the Kinect. RNW’s Casper Meijer has been testing it out.

Motion gaming – basically: operating a game computer with your own physical movements – is very much ‘cool’ at the moment. It’s a whole new world compared to pressing knobs and buttons and playing with joysticks. However, unlike the Wii and Play Station Move, you don’t need a control box at all with Microsoft’s Kinect.

The Kinect is an 'add-on' for the Xbox 360 games computer – so you need to already have one of them, or go out and buy one. It’s basically a sensor which is put on or under a television and which uses a camera and infra-red technology to constantly ‘read’ body position, body attitude and motion and translates these into 'instructions'for the game. The technology behind it was originally developed for the Israeli armed forces and later acquired by Microsoft.

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