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Microsoft researchers are working with Chinese boffins to tap the XBox 360 Kinect motion sensor's body-tracking capabilities to provide sign language recognition capabilities for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Members of the Microsoft Research Asia team have produced a new paper (PDF, 2 pages, abstract) - Sign Language …

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Crap for games, great for everything else

Whilst gamers have unders

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Re: Crap for games, great for everything else

Crap for games?

Depends on the game. Call of Duty? Yeah, crap for that.

Dance Central? Try that with your controller, couch-bound fatboy.

So... horses for courses.

This research, by the way? Great. Truly great. Keep up the good work, Chinese Boffins+MSR.

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Agreed. Played Kinect Sports at a mate's house a few weeks ago and was impressed at how well the Kinect worked, it even knew when my mate was playing.

I watched a demo of a piece of medical imaging tech whereby a consultant oncologist was able to manipulate a 3D MRI image of a tumour using the Kinect sensor. Very impressive, but also useful in theatre settings where the scrubbed-in surgeon can manipulate the image of his or her patient's innards without having to fiddle with a computer wrapped in a condom or such.

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Also they may be using the new version, which reportedly is much more acurate.

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"Also they may be using the new version, which reportedly is much more acurate."

There's more than one prototype depth camera floating around MSR. They're all a wee bit better at capturing fine detail than the original system, but it is the application software that makes them accurate at tracking gestures, not the camera itself.

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Who needs sign language

When you can carry a Galaxy Note.

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Re: Who needs sign language

Someone who can't afford a Galaxy Note maybe?

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