Reality Check - 4 Ways Kinect Made The World A Better Place

Kinect may not be everyone's favourite gaming accessory, but the world of science can't get enough! Cam shows off his favourite uses of Microsoft's motion-based hardware.

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Wensea10
Wensea10

Kinect has been a fascinating equipment piece because you really do not need controllers.

s2i2p2i2o
s2i2p2i2o

The NSA will just use cockroaches to spy on all of us!

troller83
troller83

Kinect is bound to fail again....


cause let's face it people are LAAAAZZZYYYY....


I for one after  a day at work , certanately don't intend to jump around my room in order to play Gears of WAAAAARRR KINECT 4.5 version....


this is the single biggest reason Kinect will never ever succeed....


for jumping around there is WII....


I prefer my controller from my cozy couch...

SpLiTMaN
SpLiTMaN

ok so after watching this im finding myself asking How the hell do you even use a kenect on anything else then the freacking X box....i tryed like hell on my pc still cant make it work...??????????

Dan11223344
Dan11223344

Looks like microsoft should market the kinect elsewhere though as it seems pretty useful outside of gaming.

malfestus
malfestus

I got banned from Xbox for playing in my underwear and swearing.

Dan11223344
Dan11223344

@malfestus If that's not a reason to hate kinect i don't know what is. seriously? cant play in underwear? LOL the xboxone has a dress code.

cws3e
cws3e

There are a couple of decent games that used Kinect 1.0, but most developers couldn't be bothered because of the low install base.  Hopefully kinect 2.0 will see more people trying to inovate with it, if not we will not see a kinect 3.0

jessie82
jessie82

the sign language tech is interesting but i cant imagine a cafe from having one in the next 10 years

plus the average person probarly wont use it the same way as those showed

cws3e
cws3e

@jessie82 I could see the sign language application being used sooner.  It could allow customers and store clerks to communicate if one of them is deaf and the other isn't, for example.

s2i2p2i2o
s2i2p2i2o

@cws3e @jessie82 Yeah, or they use something a little less high-tech called pen and paper. Not as flashy and might not be the best if you want to translate it into another language, but for people who speak one language + English it should do just fine. 

kbaily
kbaily

Here's the thing, if Kinect offers these great things, why does MS waste time and money trying to make it part of game systems, when no one wants it?  Seriously MS, instead of forcing your motion sensing camera on gamers who don't want or like it, sell it to these companies for use for more worthwhile things.

cws3e
cws3e

@kbaily People do want it.  Just because you don't, don't claim 'everyone' doesn't  absolutes just make you look like an idiot.


And MS is selling it to other companies.

Kyokamaru
Kyokamaru

@cws3e@kbailylol no hes right 90% of the ppl hate kinect thats a fact and it makes gameplay horrible..  ye dance games are fun and seeing your self jumping around is fun whatever but from a serious game perspective kinect is and will be bullshit

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

That signing application is pretty boss. The work that's gone into that must be immense. I'm also slightly surprised they can get away with using roaches in that fashion. Upscale that to any kind of mammal and it strikes me that animal rights movements would be all over it. I guess everybody views roaches with the same disgust as..... well, roaches.

My biggest query after watching this video is the extent to which Kinect has been modified for the various purposes. I mean, I imagine each has seen custom software applied through the computer that the device interfaces with, but has that software gone to the extent of fine-tuning the abilities of Kinect? Have these engineers and programmers simply made use of Kinect for its parts and put it to better use than Microsoft ever has?

Dan11223344
Dan11223344

@PlatinumPaladin It looked like they where using the actual kinect camera, so i don't think they used it for parts. They must have had to make their own software for it though, probably with the help of MS.

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

Cockroaches are disgusting creatures.It's about time they're put to good use.

Medrack
Medrack

Take your vitamins and fluids cam, you dont look so good.

Raymond Jenkins
Raymond Jenkins

I hope oculus rift comes out soon so pc gamers can leave the rest of us alone.

GT_APE
GT_APE

It's too bad GS has to give disclaimers they're not getting paid (AKA not biased). However, I do remember a couple years ago when that guy got fired for his scathing review of a game...

Dan11223344
Dan11223344

@GT_APE They where under different management at that time. I think it was something to do with the management not knowing shit about games and just looking to make money. They haven't been around now for years.

bill2theE
bill2theE

The nice thing about the cockroaches is they'll work after a nuclear explosion too.....

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

@bill2theE  But when the nuclear holocaust has wiped out their masters, they'll stand stationary, without purpose, awaiting instruction until the day they die.



Awww. I feel sad now. :-(

raiden3788
raiden3788

OMG ZE M$ PAYROLL! :P


Kinect would be awesome if it had a higher definition camera, as well as heat vision. The new kinect does have a better camera, but it's not USB compatible -.- Stupid microsoft. I wish they would release another version for the PC.


The truth is that it's not that good for games, as those require precise control, but as a 3d camera, it's cheap and awesome. It could have a ton of apps if it was more accessible to developers and consumers. In time when its price will drop, we may see many interesting applications around it.

nayce54
nayce54

Oh and add me on PSN: "NateIsGod4" You can never have too much friends :)

nayce54
nayce54

Job Cameron Robinson, this was very interesting. Your show is now #1 on Gamespot. I know that Kinect will definitely shatter grounds on innovation in the future to come - this statement coming from a PS4 & Wii U fanbaby

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

4 Ways Kinect Made The World A Better Place -


NSA

CIA

FBI

The Loosers

Rage56
Rage56

Well I definitely see the potential here for helping the world. I think that the translation application is nice to help with making a universal translator with sign and voice as options. On the other side of that, I think Google with their robots and Microsoft with the Kinect is the beginning of Skynet... Lol

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

Hopefully they can bring this level of ingenuity to the gaming industry.. The Kinect is an awesome bit of kit with so much potential for the industry, but it's strange how its having such a hard time finding a place within games

tomservo51
tomservo51

Useful for everything but gaming, just like the X1.

snailz
snailz

For 3D scanning, Autodesk has a web app called 123D that lets you use a regular camera, or an iOs app, to scan an object, then uses the cloud to generate a 3D model from those photos.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

So cam we used the display to decipher instead of using a keyboard to type and be done with it? Well I think motion sensors will be important but the bugs far exceed the translation of sign language since they could just type what they want on that display... just saying. Hand the person a 360 with a keypad screw the Kinect.

justinka777
justinka777

@Kinguard73 think places like airports, way more convenient to just talk to the person through the translator rather then just text them back and forth right in front of each other. these new methods of communication are meant to minimize the loss of information through amateur translation. 

Lee Bailey
Lee Bailey

Unlikely. The word kinect was all most of them needed.

noandno
noandno

Honestly, Kinect is a brilliant piece of technology. But... I think it should be released standalone as a cable tv instead of being forcibly included with the X1

Darknight765
Darknight765

@noandno I disagree, MS is spot on by including it with the X1.  I love using the voice commands to control the system and t.v.  Yes you can argue I could use the control but "xbox pause" is a lot quicker than grabbing and turning one on.  Sadly, MS has the same problem that Nintendo has with the Wii U, they are failing to demonstrate how it applies to gaming in a good way.  They spend almost no time or money in making games that use it. Hell, Rare's game wasn't ready at launch and the fighter was a joke.  They need to hire some of these creative people and actually put some time and money into making a AAA title made for the kinect.  They have 2 million+ people with one now, so there is no excuse.

GrayFlare
GrayFlare

why do all of these use the absolutely crap kinect 1.0?? The resolution of that thing is a joke.

cws3e
cws3e

@GrayFlare 


LOL, did you really expect all of that research to have been accomplished in the past month since the kinect 2.0 came out?

Coren_Larken
Coren_Larken

Fun video; but I'd like to see if Kinect is more reliable for these purposes than it is for its original purpose.

I heard a while back that Microsoft purposefully made Kinect so that it could be modified and used for stuff like this, which is pretty cool. That said, was it difficult to narrow it down to four projects, or was it hard to find four that were good enough to mention?

i810eggs
i810eggs

after being frustrated by Kinnect's poor execution, I imagine deaf people will do what xbox owners do and pick up a keyboard/controller instead.  

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

@i810eggsactually the problem is not with the device itself rather with the lame developers who thought "lets make gimmicky shovelware games that don't work to sell to clueless people"

Kyrylo
Kyrylo

Kinect - rip off of Wii Motion. But hey kinect is so much important for the world because lol M$$$$$$$$

pyro1245
pyro1245

@Kyrylo It's actually is in no way the same thing as wii motion, not even a little bit. It uses cameras to ID parts of your body and track movements. wii motion just follows the remote via an IR sensor.