Microsoft's hands-free Kinect set for back-to-school store demos
Wednesday 14 July 2010
The Xbox 360's hands-free Kinect controller will be available for the public to try out in 13 Macy's stores across the USA from July 15 onwards, ahead of its retail street date of November 4.
Kinect is a camera that plugs into the Xbox 360 and can interpret voice commands and movements, meaning that players can interact with games without having to use a traditional control pad.
The device can also be used for video phone calls and incorporates facial recognition technology so that it knows who is in charge. Though a price confirmation is not expected until mid-August, many retailers are taking pre-orders at $149 / €149.
Microsoft are hoping that it will help make the Xbox 360 a family entertainment center, and the collaboration with Macy's comes at a time when the chain is gearing up to welcome mothers and their teen daughters in preparation for the new school year.
The participating stores are at Herald Square in New York; Roosevelt Field in Garden City (NY); Tysons Corner in McLean, Virginia; Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio; State Street, Chicago; Lenox Square Mall, Atlanta; Dadeland Mall, Miami; Galleria Mall, Houston; Scottsdale, Arizona; Bellevue Proper, Bellevue, WA; and South Coast Plaza, Pleasanton, and Santa Clara in California.
Sony is also investing in intuitive motion controls with the PlayStation 3's Move range, out on September 15 in Europe and September 19 in North America, with the most essential bits and pieces bundled for $99 / €59.
Nintendo, maker of the super-popular Wii, is pursuing handheld 3D instead with the Nintendo 3DS - no firm release information yet, though it will be out before March 2011, more likely by December 2010 in Japan, and expected to cost between $200 and $250.
Previously announced was a promotional agreement between Chevrolet and Microsoft that meant Chevy would benefit from software and hardware expertise, while Kinect demo pods would be placed within Chevrolet showrooms.
Life & Style blogs
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
British jihadist calls for 'flag of Islam' over Downing Street and Buckingham Palace
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories
- 1 Howard Jacobson: Let's see the 'criticism' of Israel for what it really is
- 2 Gingers face extinction due to climate change, scientists warn
- 3 Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014: In defence of Mesut Ozil - the Arsenal midfielder works magic in the shadows
- 4 Pornhub pleads with users to stop uploading videos of Brazil 'getting f**ked by Germany' in World Cup match
- 5 Give childhood back to children: if we want our offspring to have happy, productive and moral lives, we must allow more time for play, not less
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£28000 - £30000 per annum: Ashdown Group: IT Support Engineer - Central London...
£30000 - £40000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: IT Manager / Systems - D...
£33000 - £40000 per annum + bonus + benefits: Ashdown Group: Executive Assista...
£25000 - £40000 per annum + 23 days holiday Pension Scheme: Deerfoot IT Resour...