The Kinect is great at getting gamers off their couches. Some games are quite intensive, having gamers burn off quite a few calories with every session. Microsoft hopes to capitalize on this, with reports suggesting that Kinect Play Fit may be coming our way soon enough.
It is a wireless heart monitor, codenamed Joule, which runs across most Kinect games, tracking cumulative exercise and providing feedback. The device will work with tracking software, though it won’t be a mandatory component for the application to work. It’s being aimed at those who want to track weight loss, as well as those who have strength or cross-fitness workouts.
As expected, Microsoft is silent on the matter right now. A dashboard update for Xbox 360 is in the works, and the company is expected to announce more at E3 next month.
Microsoft’s Kinect add-on for Xbox 360 has long been a favorite among PC hackers. Now that it is making its way to Windows devices, a new report from The Daily claims that Microsoft may be looking to integrate the technology in future Windows laptops.
The publication claims that there are two prototypes of laptops that feature two small Kinect sensors. The prototypes are Asus-based notebooks that are running Windows 8. Apparently, they are officially sanctioned by Microsoft, too, which makes it an official add-on if the report turns out to be true.
Kinect is also expected to make its way to set-top box for HDTVs, according to other rumors. There have also been murmurs about the technology being improved and integrated in the next-gen successor to Xbox 360.
Yes, the boy wonder is coming down to Arkham City. First spotted in a blurry image and then in online postings, Robin’s appearance in the upcoming sequel is pretty much confirmed despite the lack of an official announcement. The game is due out this October on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.
Minecraft creator Notch revealed that the v1.7 update will include “adventures” in a bid to “flesh out the game a bit, making it reward exploration and combat more.” It will also have support for mods. No release date was given.
Finally, EA Sports’ Andrew Wilson stated that there would be no support for either PlayStation Move or Kinect in FIFA 12. He notes that they do not “add value” to the game.
Seeing as how the hacking community has embraced the Kinect platform, it is no surprise that Microsoft wanted to get in on the action too. The company is preparing the official, non-commercial Kinect for Windows SDK for release this spring. This will help advance the work that has already been done by hackers, researchers and even musicians.
The project is apparently a collaboration between Microsoft Research and IEB. It is aimed at giving “academic researchers and enthusiasts access to key pieces of the Kinect system – such as the audio technology, system application programming interfaces and direct control of the Kinect sensor itself.”
There’s one catch, though: the SDK can only be used for non-commercial purposes. So, if you’re looking to make games or other commercial software, you better contact Microsoft.