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Light Start – The Not-about-phones-at-all Edition

In honour of this week's Mobile World Congress event, we've decided to take this Light Start and make it about anything except mobile phones.

Ampy wants to allow you to self-power your devices

We’re suckers for portable battery packs at the Stuff offices, which makes sense because of how much mobile tech we tote around on a daily basis. But the problem with little batteries is that you need to remember to keep them charged. There is a new Kickstarter on the go which intends to take the hassle out of remembering to keep your backup power charged, provided you don’t mind expen...[Read More]

Xbox One – Hands-on with Microsoft’s game box

It’s still over three weeks before South Africans in general will be able to lay their hands on an Xbox One console (without having to have imported one, that is) officially but we’ve been mucking around with an early edition of the Xbone that we got from Microsoft at the media pre-launch event last month and we’re here to tell you that it’s a considerably different experie...[Read More]

Microsoft to release Xbox One console minus the Kinect

There’s been yet another change to the configuration of Microsoft’s Xbox One before it officially lands in South Africa and this time it’s a big one. Xbox’s Phil Spencer has announced, via the Xbox Wire news service, that the Xbox One will be available in June in “…all markets where Xbox One is sold” minus the Kinect peripheral. This is a pretty big move f...[Read More]

Kinect and Unreal Engine 4 used to help Alzheimer’s and dementia

Mozilla might be planning on convincing Unreal Engine 4 to run effective in a Firefox browser but the technology isn’t confined to gaming. The latest adaptation of the Unreal Engine 4 outside the gaming world is one that is worthy of attention. Unreal Engine 4 is being enlisted to help Alzheimer’s and dementia patients in the The Forest Project. The ‘game’ is an interactive journ...[Read More]

Microsoft’s Kinect is now a South Korean watchdog

Microsoft’s Kinect system has been  modded and converted to do any number of things aside from its intended purpose, with even Microsoft themselves getting into the act at times. But this is something completely different for the gaming peripheral, it has been recruited to monitor the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea. A South Korean programmer named Jae Kwan Ko created ...[Read More]

Apple purchases Primesense, the company behind Microsoft’s Kinect

Apple has, following a large number of unconfirmed reports, completed its purchase of an Israel-based company called PrimeSense, which makes 3D sensor tech. PrimeSense was the company behind the initial iteration of Microsoft’s Kinect peripheral for the Xbox 360. The confirmation comes via AllThingsD, which quotes Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet as saying that “Apple buys smaller tech...[Read More]

Xbox One no longer has mandatory Kinect requirements

Microsoft has revealed that the Xbox One will be dropping the mandatory Kinect requirement for the upcoming console, an item that gave rise to privacy concerns among some gamers. Chief Xbox One Platform Architect Marc Whitten, speaking in an IGN liveblog, said that the Kinect would not have to be plugged in for the game console to work. This wasn’t previously the case. IGN readers followed u...[Read More]

Microsoft Research adds multitouch to Kinect for Windows

Microsoft’s Kinect gaming peripheral is still getting its most impressive usage outside of the gaming sphere it was originally designed for. The latest example is one delivered by Microsoft themselves. Microsoft Research have uploaded a video to YouTube (below) that demonstrates a new multitouch function for the motion-sensing peripheral that could have some very interesting uses when paired...[Read More]

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