Microsoft announces new Kinect Hardware for Windows in early 2012

November 23, 2011

Since the announcement of Kinect for Windows at the start of November, many have asked if there will be PC-specific Kinect hardware coming. Microsoft confirmed today that there will indeed be a new Kinect device for Windows PCs.

Simple changes include shortening the USB cable to ensure reliability across a broad range of computers and the inclusion of a small dongle to improve coexistence with other USB peripherals.  Of particular interest to developers will be the new firmware which enables the depth camera to see objects as close as 50 centimeters in front of the device without losing accuracy or precision, with graceful degradation down to 40 centimeters.  “Near Mode” will enable a whole new class of “close up” applications, beyond the living room scenarios for Kinect for Xbox 360.

The full press release contains more details including the announcement of new support and mentoring programs for Kinect development.

Expect the new hardware in early 2012.

~@bradyohalloran


Adobe demos multi-platform app created using single code base

April 8, 2010

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I believe the developer said everything that needed to be said about this:

"The app is called iReverse… Although iReverse is fun to play, the most amazing thing about the project is the fact that it runs in all these different environments completely unchanged. In other words, the exact same code base is used to build versions for five different environments. There’s no other platform in the world that can boast this level of flexibility – not even close."

Check out the video where he shows off his app running all different OS platforms and handheld devices including his brand new iPad

 

This is sweet and I can see a lot of people getting really excited about it already – I know I am

@maniac13


Windows mobile 7, sorry Windows Phone 7 series is here

February 16, 2010

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I have been waiting for a while now and I couldn’t wait this morning to get online and read all about it.

For the past hour I have been watching hands-on videos and I have mixed feelings about it.

First of all I have to say I am impressed with the initial look and feel. Compared to the older Winmos it looks heaps better, more cleaned up and more intuitive. Your homescreen is completely customizable, it has Xbox Live integration, you can finally natively get to your facebook and twitter and and and

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The picture gallery seems pretty slick as well with full multi-touch support. The browser seems to handle page layouts the way it should be and has multi-touch support.

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Oh and of course the music integration that is taken straight from the Zune HD. One big advantage here will be that Australia might get it finally and so will the rest of the world.

One thing I didn’t like is the big bold text everywhere that sometimes doesn’t even fit on the screen and gets cut off – the picture below should say “Anonymous Caller”

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Check out the hands-on from engadget here if you haven’t enough yet.

I personally can’t wait to get my hands on one of them.

@maniac13


A new way to type on a touchscreen phone

November 25, 2009

The inventor of the T9 predictive typing system has created a new way of typing on a touchscreen called Swype.

You type with Swype by literally swiping your finger from one letter to the next as fast as you can.

check out the comparison with iPhone

Phones with Swype built in will be launched next year. the first phone to use the technology will be the Samsung Omnia II (a Windows Mobile phone). But Swype will be included in a new Android phone in the first quarter of 2010.

found here


I’m a PC and I like the new Microsoft ad.

September 22, 2008

OK, this I get. The first two ads with Seinfeld and Gates… not so much.

Rather than just perplex us with more “nothing”, Microsoft (via Crispin, Porter + Bogusky) have launched the next ad in their new $200m Windows campaign.

The third commercial tackles Apple’s (in)famous Mac vs PC ads head on and is the first to use Microsoft’s new slogan: “Windows. Life without walls.” Jerry Seinfeld sat this one out, but Bill returns and he’s joined by Eva Longoria, Deepak Chopra and a horde of Microsoft employees.

Verdict: I like.


Safari on PC. Windows Review. Includes speed test and other comparisons.

March 25, 2008

Here’s a screen shot of Safari, the Apple browser in action on a Windows PC released on Mar 18 2008. The first thing I noticed is the way fonts are rendered, even down to a small point size. Being used to IE and Firefox it all seemed a bit fuzzy to me. I looked for an option to turn font smoothing off but could only alter the intensity of anti-aliasing. Have a look at the images at the bottom of the article and compare the difference.

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So which Windows Browser is fastest? Safari, Internet Explorer or Firefox?
What surprised me was the speed of Safari in several rendering tests I ran in which it outperformed the two big guns by a big margin. For this I downloaded a CSS benchmark test created by nontroppo. I then tried some script tests here from CelticKane.

  Firefox IE Safari
CSS render 285ms 574ms 51ms
Script Test 859ms 1209ms 257ms

Putting this into layman’s terms – a blink of the eye is roughly 50-80 ms so when you start to compare the above then you realise the time differences we’re talking about are very visible even to the untrained eye. In the real world when I visited some heavier html/css websites in Safari they seemed visibly to load faster.

Font rendering comparisons from the three browsers:
Notice the Safari rendering on the right is quite different…

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Firefox IE Safari

So what’s the downside?
Well Firefox and IE are very well supported by the development community. Plugins like PicLens do not work yet (I tried) so basically it’s good for browsing, not much else at this stage. Having said that the speed of browsing makes it worth a look (if you can bear the fuzzy fonts).

Interestingly the default search engines include only Google and Yahoo. Hmm is the omission of Live Search a subtle poke at Microsoft?

Note: Tests were completed running on a Centrino Duo Inspiron 1720 with Vista Ultimate.