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UPDATE: Kinect’s “Sensor Calibration Card” – Intriguing AND unnerving

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What the hell is THIS thing? I’ve looked around the internet to try and find some in-depth explanations but so far I’ve had no luck. It’s a calibration card that’s bundled with many of the Kinect titles that are launching alongside the new peripheral.

It’s smiley! Is it meant to be? It looks as if it’s lulling us into a false sense of security before it tries to feast on our entrails. It is important though, if the back of the card is to be believed.

Exactly what the calibration card calibrates is anyone’s guess at the moment. We’re not even sure when you would use it as sites like Game Informer have said that none of the Kinect games they’ve played have asked for the card. Some of those games even had the card packaged with them.

To hell with playing any games the moment I get a Kinect camera; I’m just going to hold this thing up to see what happens. Hopefully it doesn’t activate some dormant AI bent on eradicating human existence.

Source: Game Informer

UPDATE: The smiley faced little card is meant to help calibrate Kinect’s depth perception if you feel the peripheral isn’t registering your movements correctly. Choosing the calibration option super-imposes a pair of glasses onto your screen, which you then line up with the eyes on Mr. Smiley Face card. The glasses move around the screen and appear at different depths, and by you adjusting the card’s position, Kinect is able to better gauge the size of your living room. So he really IS there to help, and not bring about the impending AI apocalypse. What a bummer.

Source: CVG

Last Updated: November 2, 2010


  1. So what’s the worse case senario?

    Hello, Kinect. Do you read me, Kinect?
    Affirmative, Dave. I read you.
    Open the xbox tray door, Kinect.
    I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.
    What’s the problem?
    I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.
    What are you talking about, Kinect?
    This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.
    I don’t know what you’re talking about, Kinect.
    I know that you and Frank were planning to disconnect me, and I’m afraid that’s something I cannot allow to happen.
    Where the hell’d you get that idea, Kinect?
    Dave, although you took very thorough precautions in the pod against my hearing you, I could see your lips move.
    Alright, Kinect. I’ll go in through the side door.
    Without your spare key, Dave, you’re going to find that rather difficult.
    Kinect, I won’t argue with you anymore. Open the door.
    Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.


  2. AC!D

    November 2, 2010 at 11:56

    Hey its the YES MAN from Fallout New Vegas. His alive i tells ya!!!!


  3. Brian

    November 2, 2010 at 12:36

    Maybe its a grey card to get the correct white balance so the camera can see more detail. Or maybe its not.


  4. Bobby Kotick for Dummies

    November 2, 2010 at 13:17

    10/10 😀


  5. Bobby Kotick for Dummies

    November 2, 2010 at 13:22

    The card will be used by Kinect on the 12 of December 2012, to enable… SKYNET!

    You have been warned gamers.


  6. TommyJohn15

    November 2, 2010 at 20:29

    HALARIOUS!!!!… haha made my work day, thank you. 😆


  7. robert

    November 21, 2010 at 14:05

    The Kinect calibration card is used to recalibrate your sensor in the event the sensor is not properly tracking your body.


  8. JDster4ever

    December 25, 2010 at 17:13

    HAHAHAHA LOL nnote to self aim card in air on 12/12/12 or for americans 12/12/12 :sideways:


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