Kinect is an accessory for the Xbox 360 brings games and entertainment to life in extraordinary new ways with no controller required. Simply step in front of the sensor and Kinect recognizes you and responds to your gestures.
The kinect is used as a controller device for the Xbox 360. The accessory is used for navigation in menus and for games. Allows users to get up off the couch and be an active gamer.
The MSRP for the kinect is $149.99 Can also be bundled with a – 4GB xbox 360 for $299.99 – 250GB xbox 360 for $399.99
There is an auction on eBay for a used kinect priced at $104.99. While this site is trustworthy, with eBay you never know about the seller.
Camera – Kinects camera is powered by both hardware and software. And it does two things: generate a three- dimensional image of the objects in its field of view, and recognize human beings among those objects.
Depth – The camera transmits invisible near-infrared light and measures its time of flight after it reflects off the objects. – Time-of-flight works like sonar: If you know how long the light takes to return, you know how far away an object is. – Using an infrared generator also partially solves the problem of ambient light.
Middleware – The Kinect has an on-board processor which is using algorithms to process the data to render the three- dimensional image. – The middleware also can recognize people: distinguishing human body parts, joints and movements, as well as distinguishing individual human faces from one another. When you step in front of it, the camera knows who you are.
Sony also have a product similar to the Kinect, in regard to cameras. Their Product is called Playstation Eye Camera. The MRSP is $39.99.
The Playstation eye has been out for some time. In response to the Kinect, Sony has come up with the Move technology. This is similar to the Wii and integrates the camera and two controllers. The product is priced at $39.99 for the Move Motion controller and $19.99 for the Move Navigation Controller.
Kinect – Easily hook up with friends with Video Kinect, no headset required – Sign into your profile by just stepping in front of the sensor – Kinect games give you the freedom to jump, duck, and spin your way through a unique adventure. – Kinect uses cutting-edge technology to provide a whole new way to play – Kinect Adventures included.
Playstation Eye Camera – Accurately reads each players position – Head tracking for reading upper body movement – Zoom lens for close-up or full body options – Allows players to create a lifelike avatar of themselves in compatible games – Use for in-game chat and voice commands – Video chat with up to 6 people at a time – 120 frames/second for pristine video quality – Sound quality is crystal clear with the built- in 4 microphone array
Sadly there have been no price drops on either camera accessory.