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Friday Video: Watch out Tom Cruise, Minority Report gesture recognition is near. Very near. And Cheap ($70)

A startup company named LeapMotion is now taking reservations for its motion-control gadget, Leap, which appears to replicate the gesture recognition used by Tom Cruise in the movie “Minority Report” using a USB peripheral device about the size (OK, well … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Willow Garage PR2 Robot participates in Hot Chips 23 keynote, demonstrates how tough a design problem autonomous robotics will be

Last week at the Hot Chips 23 conference held at Stanford, Willow Garage President and CEO Steve Cousins gave attendees a 1-hour taste for the difficulties associated with designing autonomous robots that can freely interact with people without hurting them. … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Star Wars Edition of Microsoft Xbox 360 proves plastic part of System Realization

Coming this holiday season is the Star Wars edition of the Microsoft Xbox 360. The game unit is styled to resemble the droid R2D2 and the hand controller is plated in gold and silver to remind you of C3P0. Other … Continue reading

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Avatar Kinect takes gesture-recognition apps to a new level with more to come

“In-Game” at msnbc.com has just published a short video review by Todd Kenreck (see below) of the new Microsoft Avatar Kinect, a sort of social media and communications app that makes good use of the Microsoft Kinect’s tracking features to … Continue reading

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Apps and gestures on tablets and smartphones: If I can see you shake your booty, what is it you expect me to do about it?

Rick Merritt in EEtimes reports today that Qualcomm has just acquired some of the assets of gesture-recognition pioneer GestureTek and plans to insert that technology into future Snapdragon SoCs targeting smartphones, tablets, and consumer devices. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoCs are based … Continue reading

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Friday Video (Bonus 2): This time the force really is with you

If you’re going to create a video game that mimics the force in George Lucas’ Star Wars sagas, you need some major electronic mojo. Here’s a video review of an early version of the “Kinect: Star Wars” game that makes … Continue reading

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Apps-Driven: Microsoft buys Skype for $8.5 billion

The news that Microsoft has closed a deal to buy Skype for $8.5 billion is all over cyberspace this morning. I found out about it here on gigaom.com. I like Om Malik’s analysis of why this deal is going down. … Continue reading

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