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Microsoft Kinect With World of Warcraft 80

An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies have developed software that enables control of PC video games using the Microsoft Kinect sensor. Their toolkit, known as the Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit (FAAST), emulates custom-configured keyboard controls triggered by body posture and specific gestures. This video shows a user playing the online game World of Warcraft using the Kinect. Potential applications of this technology include video games for motor rehabilitation after stroke and reducing childhood obesity through healthy gaming."

Comment Old at 40... (Score 1) 543

Here's a nickel, sonny. Go buy yourself a real computer...

I feel bad for these youngsters! They'll never get to experience the joys of COBOL on a mainframe, never know the bliss of starting simultaneous INGRES queries and then going outside to play football while the Vax thrashes. They'll never feel the warmth given off by a line printer spewing 2000 pages of log files you accidentally printed. Woe to them!

I weep.

Comment Re:It seems (Score 1) 318

I think there will be two SHOCKING REVELATIONS!

Hi, my name is Mr. Fibbldywidget and.... I killed Hogger! /sob.

At first it was just for a quest.He was tough, but it was a fair fight.

Then I levelled to 80.

And I killed him again. and Again... Hundreds of times! I couldn't stop myself! It had become fun!

Next week I'm going into Westfall. I heard about a guy in a ship in the Deadmines...

Comment Re:Why not the PS3? (Score 3, Informative) 101

Because "Dr. Scarle's work history included gaming industry experience as a software engineer at a company associated with Microsoft Games Studio."

ie he's had experience in programming for the platform, was likely used to using Visual Studio with XNA and likely had all the tools he needed to program for the 360 already.

Comment Re:It's more fun to build it yourself (the machine (Score 0, Troll) 229

The phrase RTFM springs to mind, for some reason. That the OP, and the several follow-up posters I responded to, didn't recognize the reference to, arguable, the premier case modder/builder out there isn't my problem. My time's as valuable as yours, if you don't feel like doing some digging, don't. You got the link, do what you will with it.

Comment Re:Well, if it ws me... (Score 1) 214

Well, considering the application they're running, ie a discussion board, I doubt they'd have 30TB of data. In this particular situation, I think it's a viable solution. My point was that if they're worried about their data, they shouldn't have it accessable via the intertubes =p. Ymmv, but if it was me, and I had 30TB of data, I wouldn't be backing it up remotely over the net anyway.

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