Kinect Sports: Rivals Champions- Real People Scanned In

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At Gamescom the public can try out the amazing scanning Champion creation feature from Kinect Sports: Rivals. These are some of the people who have been scanned in using the Kinect. Can see some of my work in the background too- the grass, I worked on many of the boats, plants and rocks too. 🙂

Check out the @KSRivals Twitter feed to see more!

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Kinect Sports: Rivals- More Detailed Video

This is the just released video from Rare, Microsoft, talking about Kinect Sports: Rivals coming to Xbox One. You actually get to see quite a bit of stuff I’ve worked on- the football (which is only in early development so will look much better!), in Wave Race I worked on a lot of things including some rocks, boats, etc., in Tennis you can see the grass I worked heavily on (in this sport you can see the textures I made but they have been slightly tweaked and placed by another talented artist. In Wave Race the grass is all done by me). 🙂

PaperDude: The ONLY Way To Play PaperBoy!

I enjoyed playing PaperBoy as a kid but I don’t know if I ever managed to get good enough to get past the second week. If I played it like this then I am sure I would have put in enough time playing to get good enough to!

Check out the Engadget article for more information.

Lego Strandbeest

This clever Lego model was inspired by the brilliant Theo Jansen who created amazing ‘living’ walking creatures, I posted some videos of these last year and you can check them out here.

Lego really has come a long way since I was a kid, we only use to have simple rectangular blocks and some flat pieces to make things! If I was brought up on Lego like this then I am sure I would have become and engineer!

Check out the article on CreativeBloq for more information.

Leap 3D- Better Than Kinect?

Leap Motion’s Leap 3D motion control system boast accuracy 100x better than that in Microsoft’s Kinect, although the Kinect is a couple of years old now and it does not look like Leap 3D does full body motion control.

TheVerge.com has more details on it:

Motion control startup Leap Motion has demoed its Leap 3D motion control system, which can track motion to around 0.01mm accuracy — 100 times more accurate than the Kinect. Rather than taking Microsoft’s approach, Leap Motion creates a personal 3D workspace of about four cubic feet. The Leap consists of a small USB device with industry-standard sensors and cameras that, in tandem with the company’s software, can track multiple objects and recognize gestures.

In a demo given to CNET, Leap’s designers showed off OS navigation and web browsing using a single finger, writing, pinch-to-zoom, precision drawing, 3D modeling, and gaming. From what we can see, it looks to be a very precise system, capable of recognizing objects in your hands and tracking them instead of your digits. Leap Motion is releasing an SDK and also handing out free sensors to “qualified developers” that want to develop for the system.

Although Leap Motion is a startup, it has significant funding behind it, and the system is scheduled to launch early next year at $69.99. Leap will be compatible with either Windows or Mac OS X, and is available for (US-only) pre-order from the company’s website. We’ve embedded an official video showing off the Leap’s capabilities beneath, but you can head over to the source link below to watch an additional in-depth preview.

 

Skyrim Kinect Integration And DLC Out Today

I am not sure if these Kinect commands for Skyrim improve the game or are a bit gimmiky. I did use the voice control in Mass Effect 3 for the first couple of hours but then I couldn’t be bothered and just used the controller. I have only had time to play 15hours of Skyrim so far so I will be able to see how useful these voice controls really are throughout the game, but I think I will end up just using the controller like in Mass Effect 3.

Download the PDF with all of the voice controls and Kinect support from the Bethesda Software website.