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  1. Scientists Use Kinect to Put Cyborg Roaches on Autopilot

    This headline sounds like some random Geekosystem headline generator created it, but I assure you this is real.

    Scientists at North Carolina State University have used an Xbox Kinect to automatically guide cockroaches along a set path. This isn't the first time someone's wired up a cockroach to get it to do their bidding, but as far as we know it's the first time someone's done it using an Xbox Kinect to get the roaches on autopilot. This sounds ridiculous, but Xbox-controlled cyborg cockroaches could actually help save lives.

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  2. Harmonix Announces Fantasia: Music Evolved, Makes Us Wish We Were Actual Sorcerers

    Is there at least a secret level where we get to play as dancing ballerina hippos?

    You know how critics of music-centric video games like Guitar HeroRock Band, and Just Dance used to argue that such games gave you a false feeling of accomplishment because you were basically putting time and energy into simulating a skill (guitar playing, dancing, etc) that you weren't actually learning? Prepare to not be worried about that with the upcoming Fantasia: Music Evolved, because if this trailer is any indication of the actual gameplay, all you're going to be putting time and energy into is waving your arms around like Mickey Mouse does in The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Which, granted, sounds pretty awesome. Who hasn't wished they could control the elements with a sweep of their hand? And by elements, I mean "dubstep beats."

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  3. Say Hello to the Xbox One, Microsoft’s Next-Gen Entertainment Console

    Microsoft would very much like you to stop using every other device you have in your entertainment system.

    Well, the next-gen Xbox reveal event has come and gone. First things first: It's called the Xbox One. Also, Microsoft would very much like you to stop using every other device you have in your entertainment system. As made clear by the event, the Xbox One is definitely being marketed as The One Device to Rule Them All, but I'm not sure I buy into all the hype.

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  4. These Could Be the Specs for the Next Generation Kinect

    There is a new batch of rumors about the successor to the Xbox Kinect that give the specifics on the updated device currently operating under the name "Durango". The rumors are detailed down to the specs of the 3D camera sensor, but nothing is official yet. The specs being reported seem pretty believable though -- most categories are getting a slight bump in specs, but nothing so crazy as to raise any doubt. Let's look at the numbers.

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  5. Drop the F-Bomb: Dead Space 3 for Kinect Will Have Profanity-Triggered Commands

    You know those times when you're playing a video game and Murphy's law comes into effect, resulting in incessant cursing at the screen in the vain hope your swearing will cause some kind of positive change? Of course you do, and so does Dead Space 3 producer Steve Papoutsis. In a recent interview, he's said that the development team at Visceral Games has worked to integrate the Kinect's voice capabilities into the game, allowing players to trigger special commands when they let the swears fly. The only catch, however, is that we won't know what words to use until the right situations present themselves.

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  6. Woman Sends An Email For The First Time In 12 Years Thanks To XBOX Kinect

    Today in Awesome

    "A Kinect hack allows my mom to send email for the first time since her stroke twelve years ago," writes Youtuber DadHoc, aka Chad Ruble. He made a visual keyboard for her, since she can't utilize a regular one, and with a few tech assists, voila! Mom can now check and see if her kids are taking care of themselves. Ruble admits he'd like to make a few changes and updates to his creation and hopes his mom will even be able to start her own blog. You can read more about it on Ruble's website but as a person who notices some technology is leaving those with different physical abilities behind, this is a breath of fresh air. (Dad Hoc via Kotaku)

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  7. You (Yes, You!) Can Experience the Terror of Landing a Multi-Billion Dollar Rover on Mars With XBox Kinect!

    Early next month, the 2,000 pound Curiosity rover will finally touch down on the surface of Mars and just doing that will require one of the most ingenious and daring landings that NASA has yet attempted. Now, Earthlings can try their hand at conquering the "seven minutes of terror" with a new Kinect game for Xbox. Unlike the space program, this one is completely free!

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  8. Xbox 360 to Get Interactive, Kinect-Enabled “NUads” for its Streaming Content

    When it comes to the idea of futuristic advertising, movies and books tend to present holograms that stalk their prey, calling them by name, following them around, and trying to actually interact with the target as opposed to simply being seen. "NUads" set to come to Xbox 360 streaming video may be a step in that very direction. While they don't involve holograms and won't follow you around, NUads are interactive -- through Kinect integration -- and will try to get you to wave at them starting this fall if you're watching video on your Xbox through one of the many new Microsoft-partnered sources like ESPN or NBC News.

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  9. Kinect for Windows Gets Face-Tracking Update

    Kinect was an ambitious project from the start, so it's good to see that Microsoft is following through by continuing to support the device and doling out more functionality. One of the big steps was the release of Kinect for Windows, which allowed a whole new crowd of would-be developers take a crack at the hardware, and now they'll have a new thing to take a crack at. After an SDK update, Kinect now has facial-tracking capabilities, so it'll be able to tell if you're enjoying playing with it.

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  10. Microsoft Is Working On Gesture Tech That Uses Only A Microphone and Speakers

    Sure, Kinect is cool. There's definitely something to be said for waving your hands at a TV and actually accomplishing something. That said, the tech can still be kind of awkward and janky, and on top of that, gesture recognition systems and their cameras tend to be expensive, especially considering the general lack of fine tuning across the board. Microsoft is working on another system that might be able to solve the price problems. SoundWave works much like Kinect, but will work by using your computer's built-in microphone and speakers, and nothing else.

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