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[E3 2010] Kinect Demo: Zumba® Fitness

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[E3 2010] Kinect Demo: Zumba® Fitness

With the success of EA Active, Wii Fitness, Just Dance and other workout games, it’s only natural for a workout game to make its way onto the XBOX Kinect. Enter Zumba Fitness. What exactly is Zumba? Zumba is a fitness program created in the 90’s by a Miami-based fitness trainer named Beto Perez. It is inspired by traditional Cumbia, Salsa, Samba and Merengue music and incorporates moves from all these dance styles into one fitness program.

We had a chance to watch a professional Zumba trainer in action through the use of the Kinect. If you watch the screen, the background panels are her actual silhouette in real time while she is dancing.

For more info on Zumba Fitness move past the break.

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[E3 2010] New Xbox 360 with New Kinect Port

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[E3 2010] New Xbox 360 with New Kinect Port

Since Project Natal’s now dubbed Kinect introduction last year, Microsoft has often said the peripheral will work with all existing Xbox 360 consoles. Today with the unveiling of the newest revision to the Xbox 360, a new proprietary port marked Aux is actually a special Kinect port that handles both data and power for the new motion sensor system. Existing 360 owners will still however be able to use Kinect just not natively like the Xbox 360 “slim”. This means you will need to utilize a USB port and an independent power source.

[via Engadget]

[E3 2010] Microsoft reveals Kinect – Video

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[E3 2010] Microsoft reveals Kinect – Video

Last night, Microsoft had their Cirque De Solei extravaganza to reveal the official name of their newest toy, Project Natal.  The new official name of the motion capture controller is now, Kinect.  Watch the video below of how Microsoft intends to compete with the Sony Move and Wiimote.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeOSTql_LV8

We’ll be on the show floor to demo this Kinect.  Will it be just another gimmick? or will it be the REAL future of gaming. Stay tuned!

Top 5 Games to look for at E3

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Top 5 Games to look for at E3

E3 will soon be upon us and the interwebs will soon be flooded with information on every game, from a possible new Grand Theft Auto to Project Natal. Here is my top 5 games to look for at this years E3.
5)Infamous 2

Cool guys walk away, I mean, cause explosions

The first Infamous was one of my favorite titles of 2009. A beautiful looking open world with stellar graphics it got (deservedly) rave reviews. Even though lead character Cole McGrath talked like Clint Eastwood snarling, the game did not suffer for it. Throw in a crazy ending and you have all the ingredients for a stellar sequel.
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"Will the next motion sensor PLEASE stand up"

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"Will the next motion sensor PLEASE stand up"

With all the hype of more motion sensor technology about to begin, like Sony Playstation’s MOVE or Razor’s SIXENSE TRUEMOTION . We are still waiting from news of Microsoft‘s PROJECT NATAL.

Last year at E3, Microsoft introduced us to Milo. The kid who could read our emotions and respond realistically to our actions.Here’s a re-cap in case you’ve forgotten our new little friend to be:

I saw this and thought, “SHITake mushrooms! This is where it starts and then computers will take over the world.” Then there was nothing else said for months. About 4 weeks ago while I was watching Smallville (Season 9, Epi.13-Warrior,) my jaw dropped in awe. I just saw the Warrior (Not in disguise of course) flailing his arms in front of the TV and I thought it was just him playing a Wii game. To my surprise,  sitting next to the TV was an Xbox 360. Then <HAND TO FACE> I realized it was Project Natal in the works:

All I can say is……. “I WANT DAT!!!”

Xbox Motion Control Camera Project Natal

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True to the rumours that have been flying around for the last couple of months, Microsoft has unveiled a motion control system called Project Natal. Demoed on the stage at E3, Project Natal combines voice recognition and motion recognition via camera to create a lifelike emmersive gaming experience. Not only will Project Natal allow you to interact in games such as driving with a virtual steering wheel, but also navigate the dashboard Minority Report style. I can’t think of anything cooler right now than the awesome interface that Minority Report presented and if it comes close Project Natal will truly be revolutionary. According to the system creator, Kudo Tsunoda, your Xbox 360 camera will be able to recognize you, log you in and then allow you to control the dashboard. I’ve seen some facial recognition based on CCTV cameras before which was pretty impressive but I never thought I would see it in a games console, especially this generation.

A couple of simple games were demoed including Ricochet, a 3D breakout game and a game called Party Paint which allowed you to fling paint at a canvas bucket style yet had enough precision to paint individual leaves on a tree. These are of course aimed at the casual gaming market but I get the impression the Microsoft has plans for Project Natal not only in the Wii/Eye Toy sectors but also integration with more of it’s core gaming experience.

Hit the read link for some video of Party Pain in action. Stick with PixelatedGeek and we’ll bring you more as we check it out.

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