Use your Kinect as a webcam thanks to a new update

Your Kinect just got a bit more connected. This weekend, Microsoft announced two major new updates to its popular sensor, making good on promises the company first made in May. Now, you can use the Kinect as a webcam.

Microsoft issues refunds for purchases tied to soon-to-be-defunct Xbox Fitness

Users on online gaming forum NeoGAF are reporting that Xbox is sending out emails with refunds for Xbox Fitness purchases. The service is set to shut down on June 30, 2017.
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The Kinect might not make great games, but it makes great music videos

It's difficult to name more than a handful of half-way decent Kinect games, but now you can point to a music video as a great source of artistic beauty that's only possible because of the Xbox camera.

Swipe left for a blanket: Digital Hand uses Microsoft’s Kinect to design furniture

Created by industrial designer Nate Asis, the Digital Hand uses Microsoft's motion-sensing Kinect device to uniquely design home furniture. As of now, the project allows someone to design a table, plate, and blanket.
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Microsoft Kinect camera helps assess symptoms in multiple sclerosis patients

Researchers at McGill University have created a motion-recognition algorithm that lets the Microsoft Kinect camera help evaluate walking abnormalities in patients with multiple sclerosis.
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Microsoft shutting down Xbox Fitness service in 2017; no word on refunds

Microsoft announced that it will discontinue support for its Xbox Fitness service in 2017, permanently closing off access to its associated Xbox One app and rendering user-purchased content inoperable.

Grimes curates new exhibit that lets fans touch her song from the inside

Famed Canadian electronic musician Grimes has partnered with Microsoft for a special exhibit at this year's Moogfest, allowing fans to physically mold the sound of one of her singles.

Kinect developers face extinction following Microsoft Studios website update

Microsoft has removed many of its partnered development houses from the official Microsoft Studios website, suggesting that the company has more closures in mind following its recent shuttering of Lionhead and Press Play.

Kinect will be the only way to speak to Cortana on the Xbox One

If you're planning to use voice control to access Cortana on the upcoming Xbox One Dashboard update, then you're going to need a Kinect too, according to Microsoft's promotional material.

Calm down! Like dogs, the first Intel RealSense games can sense your fear

Intel's RealSense system not only senses gestures like Kinect, it can detect your pulse to read your emotions, opening the door for games that know when you're scared -- and respond accordingly.

Kinect for Windows is dead, long live Kinect for Windows

Microsoft has announced that while the Kinect will no longer be sold for Windows, developers don't have to worry about its availability for the platform thanks to an adapter that allows the Kinect for Xbox One to connect to Windows PCs.

Body Labs wants to create your virtual doppelganger, and bring it to life

Imagine scanning yourself into a videogame or virtual world. Think of the design possibilities for tailored goods and services if companies had a realistic 3D model of your body. We had a chat with Bill O’Farrell of Body Labs to find out…