First Look: Kinect

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Spawned in the horrendous heat of a Los Angeles winter, James was born with an incessant need to press buttons. Whether it was the car radio, doorbells on Halloween or lights, James pushed, pressed and prodded every button. No elevator was left unscathed, no building intercom was left un-rung, and no person he’s known has been left un-annoyed.

5 Comments to First Look: Kinect

  1. I was wondering about how you mounted the unit on top of your TV. Your TV looks similar to mine (Vizio) and I was wondering if you used double tape or any other adhesive to keep the thing on top?

    • James Pikover

      I just set it atop my TV, no adhesives necessary. My TV, shamefully, is the VX32L, which is great but old and small. Anyways, Kinect fits right on top of the TV without anything added to it. So if you have the same/a similar model, you should be able to do the same.

      There are alternatives. A $15 wall attachment is on sale, and if your TV sits on a stand like mine, you can also place the Kinect on the stand. My stand is short, so I put the Kinect on top of the TV so it could see top-down, though I've switched between the two and it doesn't make a huge difference where the perspective is for the camera. But it's slightly farther back on top of the TV, so that's where I leave it.

  2. I finally got the Kinect I've ordered from here. Have been playing with the new Kinect all day, together with my wife and kids. Its Fantastic ! they love it, especially the space bubbles and river raft. I had some bad experience with the PS move before – the calibration didn't just didn't pick them up, with the Kinect it's just amazing, it recognizes them with no problem and allows them to play together. in 1 word – FUN!

  3. David Mielcarek

    The sunlight issue you are describing is something not easy to overcome. Unfortunately there is no camera sensor in the world yet that would be able to resolve the contrast (exposure difference to be precise) ratio in a scene where some parts of your body have sunlight on them and others do not. Human eye is a perfect optical tool – far more perfect than any piece of equipment humanity has been able to create so far. Therefore it adjusts in seconds and thanks to the power of our brain we are able to resolve images far more complex (in terms of lighting) than any photographic sensor. Do not bash Microsoft then. Their device is absolutely amazing and from my own so far experience it works very very well but we have to bear in mind some basic rules to let it work. Actually I recommend adding some lights to your play area. Place them on the sides or slightly behind the tv illuminating you while you play. Don't use spotlights, the more even the lighting the better. The more light you add – the more accurate you will find your kinect. Especially for playing after sunset when there is no more daylight coming into your room.

    • James Pikover

      I disagree, there are some cameras that can make the difference, but you'll have to remember that even if this one can't (that's of course 3 separate cameras, all doing different things simultaneously), the point is it doesn't matter if the technology doesn't exist. Microsoft is providing hardware and saying that it should work for everyone, but there are situations which it doesn't.

      Whether or not that's Microsoft's fault or not isn't the question. The question is whether it will stop some consumers from being able to use it properly because their situation at home. I think it may, because of space and lighting. I myself don't have curtains in the room with the family 360, and there's roughly 6.5″ wall-to-wall. I can't exactly go buy a bigger house, so what does that mean for me? Will consumers be interested in moving furniture and reshaping their living rooms for a game peripheral they're already on the fence about buying?

      That's what I'm considering.

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