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Kinect Totally Isn't Dead. No, Really: Microsoft

Microsoft came out with all guns blazing at this year’s E3, delivering one of the best press conferences in recent memory. In dizzyingly fast succession, the euphoric audience was hit with one huge announcement after another — from backwards compatibility for Xbox One to the potentially game-changing HoloLens in action. One thing that wasn’t announced was anything to do with Kinect. As in, literally zero mentions in any context.


Kinect For Windows Is Dead, Long Live Kinect For Windows

Kinect never turned out to be the killer app for the Xbox 360 or One, but it has maintained a fair amount of interest in less entertainment-focused areas, including military and scientific applications. Still, Microsoft isn’t super-keen to prop up two separate SKUs — console and PC — and has decided to nix the desk-bound version in favour of an adaptor.


Kinect Is Teaching Cops Some Sweet Beatdown Moves

So Microsoft’s Kinect was a video gaming bust. Whatever. It’s still got its uses. Like in helping police fine-tune their “use of force options” against suspects.


Someone Got Mike Tyson's Punch-Out Running On Kinect

Even though Microsoft appears to have given up on Kinect as a serious gaming platform, the motion device still has some tricks up its sleeve. Programmer Paul DeCarlo found a way to play Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out by waving his fists around, and it seems to work pretty darn well!


Two Interesting Things We Learned From The Xbox One Software Leak

Internal developer documentation for the Xbox One appears to have leaked on the Internet — and after scanning through the files, it appears that there are some interesting things we can learn from it.


The Shape Up Xbox One Challenge: Week Three

We’re currently in the third week of our Shape Up Xbox One Challenge and things are starting to heat up. Last night, Chris and Mark took some time out from the Quest Mode to battle each other in the game’s grueling push-up challenge. Here is the video.


The Shape Up Xbox One Challenge: Part One

Ubisoft‘s Shape Up is a new fitness game for Xbox One that promises to take the “work” out of workouts (it says here). It uses the Kinect motion-sensor to accurately track your movements as you jump, squat and flail your way through assorted exercise challenges. Over the next four weeks, Kotaku’s Mark Serrels and Lifehacker’s Chris Jager will be taking on the game and each other in a bid to get fighting fit for summer. This is going to get painful, isn’t it?


Being Scottish With An Xbox One Is A Daily Struggle

But only if you want to use Kinect.


The US Military Is Developing A High-Tech Sandbox

Dubbed the ARES Sandtable, this US Military prototype uses a Kinect, a projector, software and sand to recreate real-world environments like never before.


I Love What Disney Fantasia Lets Me Do To Music

It’s been ages since I’ve exercised this much control over the music in a rhythm game, and I’ve never felt so sore after doing it.


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