How Microsoft’s Kinect For Windows Will Upgrade Your Monitor For Windows 8

first_imgRelated Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout “The Pathfinder application using Kinect for Windows is a game changer in terms of the way we can engage with consumers,” said John Brancheau, vice president of marketing at Nissan North America, in a statement. “It’s a powerful pre-sales tool that has the potential to revolutionize the dealer experience.”Razorfish’s Ashley, who has worked with clients on four Kinect for Windows projects himself, said that the Kinect for Windows technology still needs three key enhancements in both the PC and retail environments:1. Fine finger detection (which rival startup Leap Motion says it can achieve)2. Facial recognition, to determine if a user smiles or frowns while viewing the ad;3. A commonly understood set of gestures, like the “pinch to zoom” interface of the tablet.The far future of Kinect, Ashley believes, is the interactive mall, where augmented reality and gesture detection merge. There, users will receive information on their smartphones or Google Glasses, and interact with storefronts whose displays contain embedded Kinect sensors.Lang pointed the possibility of a virtual dressing room, with realistic virtual clothes – a problem that many have tried and failed to solve.“With enough stores, you’ll interact with complete malls,” Ashley said. “With enough malls, the technology will start moving beyond the mall.”Perhaps, finally, onto your desktop PC. In a year’s time, presumably, we’ll all be living in the touch-screen world of Windows 8. But what happens to the millions of non-touch-enabled monitors already on laptops desktops around the world? Three words: Kinect for Windows.Microsoft said this week that Kinect for Windows – a slightly different version of the the Xbox peripheral that lets you control the action with body movements alone – will be supported both by Windows 8 as well as Microsoft’s development tools, Microsoft .NET 4.5 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2012, in a new release scheduled for Oct. 8. Users can buy Kinect for Windows for $149 direct from Microsoft ($100 off the regular price) – but you’ll have to wait until the .NET/VS app framework Microsoft is seeding actually produces some usable Kinect software.Kinect is a leading part of what Microsoft refers to as NUI, or Natural User Interface, “where the technology kind of disappears,” according to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.Many consumers – and virtually all gamers – are familiar with the Kinect peripheral for the Xbox, where a combination of infrared cameras and noise-cancelling microphones “sees” players, and can interpret hand-waving as the flapping of wings or a kick as a shot on goal. The Kinect can then decipher where the user actually “is,” either interpreting gestures as controls or even “transforming” him into a household object, like a chair.But while Kinect for Xbox senses motion at a distance of feet, Kinect for Windows adds a “near mode” to sense a user waving his hands, pointing, or otherwise gesturing at up to 40 centimeters away from the screen. That changes the game.Kinect For The PC “So suddenly we have something that makes sense in a desktop scenario, and we get closer to [the type of interface in] Minority Report,” where windows are being slid across the screen,” said James Ashley, a presentation-layer architect for the Emerging Experiences Group at Razorfish, who has helped develop four projects based on Kinect for Windows. “That unlocked the possibility of having Kinect at work, and putting a Kinect sensor above your monitor.”Ashley said multimonitor setups will benefit from being able to slide objects and windows around easily, and workers making a presentation will be able to easily interact with virtual objects.But why do we need Kinect for Windows, when Microsoft’s Windows 8 is based upon touch? Utility and aesthetics.Gestures vs. Touch“Basically, there’s two different ways of interacting with the world,” Ashley explained. “What we know with the touch interface is that it doesn’t really do away with the keyboard and mouse. Obviously data entry is something we can’t do easily with touch interfaces. And there’s the same sort of thing, where gestures will make more sense than just doing touch.”“Besides the data entry thing, you’re constantly dirtying up your monitor,” with the Windows 8 touch interface, Ashley added. “And that’s just annoying. Why do we have this amazing new interface, where, if you’re using it correctly, you’re constantly smudging your screen? So the gestural interfaces won’t necessarily introduce something superior, just something new: one more way of interacting with computers.”One aspect of Kinect that’s held it back, according to Evan Lang, research director for “interactive experience” developer IdentityMine, is its poor resolution: at normal distance, the sensor can tell whether it’s a man or a woman with about 90% confidence. “For things like whether someone’s happy, or judge their facial expression, people usually stand too far away,” Lang said.But we’re still waiting for the killer app that will take Kinect for Windows out of the development sphere and make it a consumer device. According to Ashley, who wrote a book on developing for the Kinect, Microsoft tried (and failed) to work gestures into Office, but has since decided to let the ingenuity of developers lead the way. And the first place they’re going is advertising.Kinect For Windows’ First Market? Interactive AdsMicrosoft launched Kinect for Windows at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, where Ballmer announced that the company would partner with United Health Group, Toyota, Telefonica, Mattel and American Express. No, that doesn’t mean you’ll use it in your Camry. Instead, advertisers apparently love it.To date, interactive advertising via Kinect for Windows is virtually the only application that Microsoft or its partners have publicized. “Touch free interfaction really lends itself well to marketing,” IdentityMine’s Lang said. IdentityMine worked with Nissan to develop an interactive Nissan Pathfinder exhibit, where a IdentityMine spokeswoman noted that the company has worked with Kinect on numerous occasions, including both the Xbox and Kinect for Windows sensors.At the Chicago Auto Show, IdentityMine built an interactive demonstration using a Kinect for Windows sensor, a monitor and a computer that’s running the Pathfinder application built with the Kinect for Windows SDK. The app, since deployed to 16 dealerships, was designed to show off the new Nissan Pathfinder SUV – before the car was physically available. The Kinect app (demonstrated in the video below) lets potential buyers virtually enter the vehicle, fold seats up and down, and open the tailgate, among other actions. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… markhachman 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#gaming#Microsoft#web last_img read more

Boxing chief criticizes IOC comments on Olympic competition

first_imgInternational Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, top left, speaks at the Australian Olympic Committee annual general meeting in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, May 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)GOLD COAST, Australia— The head of the international boxing federation has criticized IOC president Thomas Bach’s comments that Olympic officials could organize the Tokyo 2020 boxing tournament if the sport’s federation can’t get its affairs in order.Bach said last weekend that the IOC wants the sport at next year’s Tokyo Games and is prepared to organize both the qualification and the competition if boxing’s troubled international governing body, the AIBA, loses its Olympic status over leadership and financial problems.ADVERTISEMENT “Organizing a sports event is also not rocket science,” Bach told a meeting in Sydney on Saturday. “So I guess we will be able to manage it in the end. It’s a very universal sport, so we want to have boxing on the program. If the case arises … we would have to make an effort then to have such a tournament.”AIBA executive director Tom Virgets said Bach’s comments belittled the job of international sports federations.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We’re very concerned about it,” Virgets said in an interview with SNTV on Wednesday. “We have concerns about it mostly for the athletes and for the programs.“We’re in the best position to ensure a good quality games. I think Mr. Bach’s statement … is disappointing because I think we play a much more important role.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Naomi Osaka taps into ‘zombie mode’ to advance in Madrid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Virgets said the AIBA had the institutional knowledge and “we understand the politics and all the behind the scenes things that take place.”“We’ve spent a year and a half reforming and I think we’re in the best position because we have made all these corrective actions.”Relations between the IOC and AIBA have been tense since Uzbekistan businessman Gafur Rakhimov was elected AIBA president in November, beating Kazakh candidate Serik Konakbayev.The U.S. Treasury Department has alleged Rakhimov has links to organized crime and placed him under sanctions. Rakhimov denies the allegations.AIBA risks being derecognized in June after an IOC inquiry panel reports. Until then, AIBA is banned from contacting 2020 Tokyo Olympic organizers.ADVERTISEMENT Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Virgets said he hopes an agreement can be reached between his organization and the IOC ahead of next year’s games.“If the IOC will talk to me, we can find a win-win solution if that is legitimately what we’re trying to find,” he said. “And I think that’s the only way to resolve this issue because right now the IOC doesn’t trust what AIBA is doing (and) we don’t trust what they’re doing.“We need to come together and have conversation.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View commentslast_img read more

Pakistan army chief accuses India of undermining China investment corridor

first_imgPakistan’s army chief on Tuesday accused longtime regional rival India of seeking to undermine his country’s $46 billion project to build an economic corridor to transport goods from China’s western regions through the Pakistani deepwater port of Gwadar.Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, speaking at a development conference on the impact of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), said the significance of a Pakistan-China economic alliance had “raised eyebrows” in the region.”In this context, I must highlight that India, our immediate neighbour, has openly challenged this development initiative,” Sharif told the conference in Gwadar.”I would like to make a special reference to Indian intelligence agency RAW that is blatantly involved in destabilising Pakistan. Let me make it clear that we will not allow anyone to create impediments and turbulence in any part of Pakistan. Therefore, it is important for all to leave behind confrontation and focus on cooperation.”Indian officials could not be reached for comment late on Tuesday night.RAW is India’s Research and Analysis Wing, its main external intelligence agency.Last month, Pakistan said it had detained a suspected Indian spy for RAW in Baluchistan, the southwestern Pakistani province where most of the CPEC is taking shape.India has confirmed that the man is a former Indian navy official but denied that he is a spy.Majority Hindu India and mostly Muslim Pakistan, once part of a vast British colonial holding, have fought three wars since they were partitioned upon independence in 1947, leading to a violent separation that has fed decades of mutual suspicion.advertisementPakistan believes India is supporting a separatist insurgency in resource-rich Baluchistan. It also accuses India of fuelling strife in the city of Karachi. India denies any such meddling.India has long accused Pakistan of backing militants fighting Indian security forces in its part of the divided Kashmir region, of helping militants launch attacks elsewhere in India and backing the Taliban in Afghanistan.Pakistan says it only offers diplomatic support to the Muslim people of Kashmir living under what Pakistan says is heavy-handed Indian rule. It denies backing militant attacks in India.last_img read more

10 months agoCrystal Palace boss Hodgson frustrated by Cardiff stalemate after 15-year shots high

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace boss Hodgson frustrated by Cardiff stalemate after 15-year shots highby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson was left frustrated after their 0-0 draw with Cardiff City.Palace peppered the Cardiff goal with 31 shots, their highest number since 2003-04, with Andros Townsend flicking a shot against the crossbar and Luka Milivojevic hitting the post for the hosts.Hodgson said, “I’m pleased about the number of chances we created but I’m not pleased we didn’t convert one of them,” he said.”It’s something we’ve had to deal with for a large part of the season. If we had more fortune in front of goal then we would be nowhere near where we are, we’d have assembled a lot more points.”Football is about scoring goals and taking those semi opportunities, which good goal scorers find a way of scoring.” last_img read more

10 months ago​Gabbiadini put up for sale by Southampton

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Gabbiadini put up for sale by Southamptonby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton want to sell Manolo Gabbiadini this winter.The Italian striker does not fit into Ralph Hasenhuttl’s plans.And Sky Sports reports the Saints want to see a deal done this winter.AC Milan are one of the clubs interested in acquiring his signature.The striker’s agent flew into London for talks with Southampton about his client’s future.Sky Italia suggest that Fiorentina and Bologna also have an interest in the attacker, who has a solitary Premier League goal this season. last_img read more

13 hours agoJones thrilled for Man Utd duo Garner, Williams

first_imgJones thrilled for Man Utd duo Garner, Williamsby Freddie Taylor13 hours agoSend to a friendShare the lovePhil Jones was thrilled with the performance of Manchester United youngsters James Garner and Brandon Williams in Thursday’s 1-0 win over Partizan Belgrade.The teenagers were part of seven changes made by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from the line-up that faced Liverpool on Sunday. And Jones thinks the pair more than held their own in Serbia.He said: They’re going to put you under pressure and we dug deep I thought Jimmy Garner and Brandon were outstanding they should be very proud of themselves tonight.”A huge experience at a young age both looked comfortable at this level and have a very bright future the pair of them.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Florida State’s P.J. Williams’ Box Jump Is Extremely Impressive

first_imgP.J. Williams performs a box jump.IG/pjwilliams_26Jameis Winston gets most of the publicity out of this year’s Florida State players in the NFL Draft, but a number of other former Seminoles are enticing prospects as well. Cornerback P.J. Williams was one of the most important players on the FSU defense, and projects to be drafted in the first two rounds of this spring’s draft.Williams posted a video of himself doing a box jump on Instagram this afternoon, in which he shows off the athleticism and explosion that makes him one of the draft’s top defensive backs.We’re not sure exactly how high that jump is, but we are certainly impressed.last_img read more

Video: Syracuse Players Go Crazy When Team Finds Out It Made The NCAA Tournament

first_imgIt looked extremely unlikely that the Syracuse Orange would make this year’s NCAA Tournament after losing five of their last six games, including a one-and-done showing in the ACC Tournament. As it turns out, SU made the tournament as a 10-seed, avoiding the play-in games. Because of the bracket leak, some of the Syracuse players may have known their tournament fate ahead of time, but when the team was officially announced as ‘in,’ the team still had a pretty fantastic reaction.The MVP here has to be walk-on Doyin Akintobi-Adeyeye, who broke out a few dances after the news came in. Congratulations to the Orange on the tournament berth.last_img read more

Jim Belushi And The Sacred Hearts To Perform At American Indian College

first_imgThe American Indian College Fund (the College Fund) has signed Jim Belushi and The Sacred Hearts to perform live at its 25th Anniversary Gala, to be held Friday, May 8 from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at the legendary Drake Hotel.The formal fundraising event will benefit Native American higher education and celebrate the College Fund’s mission to provide access to higher education for all Native people.VIP ticket-holders will enjoy a special reception and the opportunity to meet Jim Belushi.A silent auction featuring Native art and unique items will also be held at the event. In addition, the College Fund will be accepting bids for a guest to perform the song “Soul Man” with Jim Belushi and The Sacred Hearts that evening.All VIP packages, tickets, individual tickets, tables, and sponsorships are available for purchase now. Visit collegefund.org/gala to learn more or call 303-426-8900.25th Anniversary event sponsors include Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc.; Comcast NBCUNIVERSAL; Wieden+Kennedy; Ford Foundation; San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; The Walt Disney Company; AT&T; and McDonald’s Corporation.
The American Indian College Fund (the College Fund) is the nation’s largest private provider of scholarships for Native American and Alaska Native students. Founded in 1989, the College Fund has been “Educating the Mind and Spirit” of Native people for 25 years and provides an average of 6,000 scholarships annually. The College Fund also supports the nation’s 34 accredited tribal colleges and universities located on 77 campuses on or near Indian reservations. The College Fund consistently receives top ratings from independent charity evaluators. For more information, please visit www.collegefund.org.last_img read more

Brookfield Property Partners makes offer to buy GGP banking on future of

first_imgTORONTO – Brookfield Property Partners LP offered $18.8-billion in stock and cash to fully acquire U.S. shopping mall owner GGP Inc. in a deal announced Monday, doubling down on the future of bricks-and-mortar retail even as many merchants face increasing pressure from e-commerce.The Toronto-based company (TSX:BPY.UN), a publicly-traded real estate subsidiary of Brookfield Asset Management, already holds a 34 per cent stake in GGP (NYSE: GGP).The Chicago-based mall owner, which has 126 retail properties in 40 U.S. states, said it has formed a special committee of its non-executive, independent directors to review and consider the offer.The acquisition is an opportunity to leverage Brookfield’s expertise to grow, transform or reposition GGP’s shopping centres, “creating long-term value in a way that would not otherwise be possible,” said Brian Kingston, chief executive officer of Brookfield Property Group.“Brookfield’s access to large-scale capital and deep operating expertise across multiple real estate sectors combined with GGP’s high-quality retail asset base will allow us to maximize the value of these irreplaceable assets,” he said in a statement on Monday.Brookfield is offering $29, or US$23, in cash or 0.9656 of a Brookfield Property Partners unit in exchange for each GGP share. The amount of cash offered is capped at $9.4 billion, while the number of shares offered is limited to 309 million, worth roughly $9.4 billion.Brookfield Property Partners said the offer is a premium of 21 per cent to where GGP shares were trading before reports of a possible offer last week.Shares of Brookfield Property Partners were down more than three per cent in midday trading in Toronto on Monday to $29. Shares of GGP in New York, however, were up more than seven per cent to US$23.77.However, GGP shares are down nearly five per cent year-to-date, including Monday’s lift, as its retail tenants increasingly come under pressure from e-commerce sellers competitors, such as Amazon.But Brookfield’s Kingston sounded bullish on American shopping malls on its third-quarter earnings call earlier this month. He said that its U.S. mall business — which consists of 126 regional malls containing roughly 11.4 million square metres — saw positive financial results, with occupancy rising 80 basis points to 95.4 per cent.“Well-located, high-quality, retail real estate in the United States continues to perform well, despite negative perception in the public markets,” he told analysts on Nov. 2.“While many retailers continue to face significant challenges in growing their businesses, those retailers that are focused on the intersection between bricks and mortar retail and online sales channels continue to expand and grow.”He added in a letter to unitholders that it has continued to acquire big-box anchor spaces in malls and reposition them, calling it “one of the best opportunities in U.S. retail today.”John Williams, a partner at retail consulting company J.C. Williams Group, said there is “deep concern” in the U.S. about a “potential retail apocalypse” amid pressure on traditional retailers and shopping centres, some of which are overleveraged.However, he added, premier shopping centres in prime locations continue to draw in shoppers. And the shopping centres being revitalized — such as by using food as opposed to department stores as anchor tenants — to improve the shopper’s experience will be rewarded, he said.“The mall is nowhere near dead, and the good tenants are still very vital,” Williams said. “And I think it’s a matter of reinvention, to some degree, the tenant mix.”Mark Rothschild, a real estate analyst with Canaccord Genuity in Toronto, said Brookfield has signalled its interest in GGP for several years.“It’s only really been the last couple of years that GGP’s stock price has not done well, which created the opportunity for Brookfield to do this,” he said.However, Rothschild said it was surprising that Brookfield made the bid without partners, using its own expensive capital for the transaction.The offer comes after Brookfield in 2010 invested $2.5 billion for a 27 per cent stake in GGP as part of a deal for its emergence from bankruptcy. Brookfield has since moved to increase its stake, and in November 2013 Brookfield Property Partners invested another US$1.4 billion.last_img read more