Kinect is coming out this November, that means it’s around the corner. Xbox 360 users will have something to brag about over all other game consoles. It’s a Microsoft technology that allows you to use Xbox 360 without using any controller. Basically, to control Xbox 360, all you have to do is to use everything that you have as a person such as your hands, feet, face, whole body, and voice. Kinect’s sensor can see objects in 3D. Facial recognition is also another awesome thing that Kinect can do.
The new Xbox 360 S model is Kinect ready, and by this I mean you don’t have to buy a special power supply cable to get Kinect to work, but the older Xbox 360 model requires the special power supply cable. It seems Kinect requires a lot more power than Xbox 360’s USB port could handle as in providing the extra power to Kinect, but the newest Xbox 360 S model has a special AUX port for this purpose — the special power supply cable would act as the special AUX port for the older Xbox 360 model which shares the role in supplying power with USB port.
Playing games, watching movies, listening to music, and video chatting with another person over the Internet are something that you will do without using any controller when using Kinect with Xbox 360. Imagine when you have to fight a monster boss using Kinect, you have to be active such as kicking your feet up in the air, ducking your whole body, and so forth. It can be a good workout! Voice activation is quite sweet as you can make Xbox 360 does things for you with your voice. Kinect is cool as it takes away the controllers and allow your interaction with the machine in a very futuristic way and natural.
I can’t help but feel sad that my favorite technologies are spreading across different brand, and these cannot be compatible with each other. For an example, I anticipate Google TV, but imagine you can use Kinect with Google TV — it would be way cooler than just using Google TV itself. PS3 is a gaming console that I like more than Xbox 360, but Kinect is interesting enough that I wish I could marry PS3 and Kinect together! The list can go on and on for Kinect as its futuristic ability makes it quite hard to ignore. I also read at Wikipedia that in the future, Kinect may come out for PC users (i.e., Windows 8). As Kinect technology gets improve through time, I surmise that in the future, Kinect will shrink in size. Right now, Kinect is already a small device as it’s barely larger than an Xbox controller when placing them side by side. Check out how large Kinect in the pictures seen on Gizmodo.
Check out the video below to see Kinect in action:
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