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More Minority Report Kinect goodness from MIT Remember the DepthJS project we covered from MIT last week? It was the Javascript Chrome browser extension that let you use a Kinect controller to manipulate websites just by using your hands. It was just another example of how computer interfaces could be marching further towards hand-gesture based controls like the well-known scene in the action film "Minority Report".

Now it appears that other researchers from MIT have another “Minority Report” example to show us using the Kinect Controller, and this one certainly looks the prettiest to date. Created for Linux using the libfreenect driver, this demonstration was created by researchers at LIS and the Robotic Locomotion Group at MIT...

Will Microsoft’s Living-Room Quest Finally Pay Off?

Michael Wolf: Most of the digerati remain skeptical about Microsoft's long journey to becoming a key player in the digital home. I can’t really blame them, given that the sheer number of swings and misses the company has undergone over the past decade may only be second to that of its hometown baseball team.

But recently the company has been swinging a hot bat, not only with its Xbox 360, which has been picking up momentum, but also with a legitimate holiday hit in the Kinect...

Xbox 360 Surpasses 2.5 Million Kinect Sensors Sold

Microsoft Corp. today announced that strong demand over the Black Friday weekend has propelled retail sales of Kinect for Xbox 360 to more than 2.5 million units worldwide since it launched just 25 days ago.

"We are thrilled about the consumer response to Kinect, and are working hard with our retail and manufacturing partners to expedite production and shipments of Kinect to restock shelves as fast as possible to keep up with demand," said Don Mattrick, president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. "With sales already exceeding two and a half million units in just 25 days, we are on pace to reach our forecast of 5 million units sold to consumers this holiday."

Microsoft reverses course, says Kinect left open by 'design'

On a side note, check out this awesome implementation of Kinect on Windows 7

Microsoft representatives appearing on National Public Radio's "Science Friday" today said that the company's Kinect motion-controller was left open by "design," despite earlier comments by the company that it did not "condone" Kinect's hacking.

A tweet by the "Science Friday" staff read "(Xbox director of incubation) Alex Kipman says Kinect interface was left unprotected 'by design.' [And Microsoft's] Shannon Loftis says she's 'inspired' by community finding new uses."

Microsoft: Kinect now uses much less Xbox 360 CPU power

The version of the Microsoft Kinect motion controller for the Xbox 360 that goes on sale tomorrow will use much less of the game system's processing power than has been reported, according to Alex Kipman, director of incubation at Microsoft. In a recent interview, Kipman said the controller's CPU usage is in the single-digit range. Previously, reports stated the Kinect would use between 10 to 15 percent of the Xbox's processing power, GamesIndustry noted...