The Kinect 2 looks incredible

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When Microsoft revealed the original Kinect we were treated to a PR stunt of epic proportions with Cirque De Soleil, huge promises were made and very very few of them were ever realised with the Kinect now being relegated to fitness games and kids party games.

That being said the kids party games are a lot of fun and the Kinect maybe gets a little too much hate from the core gamer but Microsoft can only blame themselves for that.

However it looks like Microsoft has learned a lot from that debacle and with the Kinect 2 they have thrown out all the fanfare and over the top PR parties and are rather showcasing the actual features live to journalists.

And it is amazing, it really is. Kinect 2 can track up to 6 individual people and has the following list of amazing features

  1. It can detect your heartbeat
  2. It can see you even if your lights are turned off
  3. It detects which part of your body is currently carrying load.. in real time
  4. Obviously quick facial recognition
  5. Can pick up individual fingers
  6. Facial movements
  7. It noticed when you change controllers with another player,
  8. Far superior voice detection
  9. Full 1080p video capture
  10. and more

As much as we’ve given the Xbox One a severe hiding over their dreadful E3 showing you can’t help but be impressed at some of the technology that they are packing into the device.

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Watch this video and tell me that you aren’t impressed… at least a little bit.

Last Updated: June 25, 2013

Gavin Mannion

I for one welcome our future robotic overlords

  • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

    3. Currently carrying load

    “Excuse me sir, your balls are full”


    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      Sir perhaps you would like to change hands…..

      • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

        “Sir, might I recommend the following movies? Since your ‘friends’ called you this in the latest CoD match, I have the following recommendations for your new sexual orientation”


        • Hammersteyn

          The Kienct could get confused and automatically Skype Mom.

          • Happy Hamster

            or video share to your 40 familly members the latest blockbuster “Nuts Over Naked Dwarfs 3”

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors


          • Argentil

            I would assume they have upped their noise-canceling technology to eliminate sounds coming from the TV. We shouldn’t have another episode similar to the Xbox One reveal where people’s Kinects at home were reacting to Yusuf Mehdi’s Commands.

          • HvR

            Xbox, Sigmund Freud mode.

          • Hammersteyn

            So someone insulted your mother? How do you feel about that?

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors


    • Trevor Davies

      I was thinking almost the same thing. It’s difficult to be modest if the Kinect keeps zeroing in on my massive load.

      It’s pretty creepy that it detects your heart beat though.

      • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

        “Sir, I detect that you are enjoying the spaceballs 20k movie, shall I increase the volume?”

    • Lord Chaos

      Good Guy M$, helping us understand our better halves.
      “Fine, do whatever you want.”
      “Sir, I recommend staying in as I detect elevated aggression.”

      • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

        Why do I have a JARVIS voice in my head when I read this?

        • Lord Chaos

          You’re not alone.

          • Hammersteyn

            It’s because you said “Sir, I recommend”

    • Hammersteyn

      I’m probably going to get wrapped on the knuckles for this…

      • Admiral Chief Groot Wors


      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        Hahahaha I remember that episode, didn’t Stan’s dad nuke his balls in a microwave to get testicular cancer? (Ok it sounds grim, but he actually wanted to get medicinal dagga, and his balls were fair game).

        • Hammersteyn

          He sure did.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Hahaha, the missus had agreed to give South Park a go again (after years of writing it off as juvenile junk), and that was the episode she watched. I thought it was hilarious, but she didn’t see it the same way lol!

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    Ok the active IR is very impressive

  • Ultimo_Cleric N7

    “XboxOne off”
    “I’m sorry, I cant do that Ultimo”

  • Hammersteyn

    Very,very impressive but how will it work with games in the end? Steel Battalion had the potential to be THE exclusive for Xbox and to sky rocket the Kinect as a must have device.

  • Argentil

    I find it very difficult to acknowledge kinect as more than a gimmick. The tech you’ve highlighted is interesting also, but outside of jumping/swatting/hand-hovering, there aren’t many actual cool applications of the technology.
    Voice control is iffey, but one of the better features. Accents destroy that a bit.
    Facial recognition is limited outside of logging a player in, which they should get up and running ASAP.
    With improved recognition, finger gestures are a possibility, but that is something you would use in conjunction with a controller setup, and is a small (but neat) addition.
    Until I see Kinect in action, tracking 6 people, I’ll remain skeptical. I could see that working if Kinect dropped it’s recognition down to Kinect 1.0 levels.

    Is there any solid contribution this technology will bring this gen? Outside of more kids/party games?

    • Measuring your emotional responses to the game and changing the gameplay to match? Scary games that only surprise you when you aren’t ready for it

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        That would be awesome haha. Measure heart rate for when you are most calm and BAM! Everything goes for a ball of sh*t.

      • Captain Minion TallTwit

        Well that will really up the ante on horror games. 🙂
        Sounds almost promising.

        • Argentil

          Depending on how the Kinect recognises load distribution, it could be VERY effective for fitness games, which would excite a market that isn’t me. Still a neat application of the tech. Yoga Moms would go nuts.

      • Argentil

        Kinect isn’t quite Skynet just yet. I don’t see Kinect recognising your emotions unless you are pulling heavily exaggerated expressions of anger or sadness. Don’t fall for the nonsense, remember the original Kinect reveal. 80% of what they showed off was nowhere near real. In the context of sensing your emotions, if it can detect your heart-rate, and you’re playing a Survival Horror game, then sure, it could detect when you’re anxious or scared. Outside of that, I don’t see it sensing emotions.

        • Remember the difference here is that they are showcasing it directly to journalists.. and it’s picking up their heartbeat.

          • Argentil

            That tech is possible with any camera, as it’s software-based. It’s also not proprietery. It’s not a Kinect feature.

          • you need a very good camera… the only console with a camera good enough will be the Xbox One.. that makes it a feature surely?

          • Argentil

            From my understanding of the tech, anything better than a 480 camera will suffice. I can’t find a source though. If anyone has details, I’m all ears.

          • DarthofZA

            Its more than just a camera. If it wasn’t, the seeing in the dark part wouldn’t exactly work.

          • Argentil

            The tech requires ‘only a camera’ of 720p or higher. Most cameras nowadays fit the bill. It also requires the subject stand dead still for 10 seconds. It can even pick up the heart rate on recorded footage.

      • Happy Hamster

        Letting your Kinect tell you when you have shyte your pants while playing Silent Hill Part VVVVIII

        • Argentil

          That would be more useful than you think. It might give me a little more courage to sit through nightmare-inducing games. Maybe if it plays soothing music when I get skehwewd :<

    • Ocelotty1

      Scientific uses of Kinect are fairly wide ranging: Kinect Provides the Seeing Eye in a Robotic Guide Dog for the Blind, Using the Microsoft Kinect to Detect Autism, Kinect Will Save The Indigenous Rock Art Of A Paraguayan Tribe, Archaeologists Use a Hacked Kinect To Create 3-D Scans of Dig Sites; The Kinect as a low cost high resolution small scale LiDAR for water surface and shallow subsurface measurements etc. etc. and with this latest version it will become more useful still, so as a toy Hmm… but beyond that …….

  • Martin du preez

    I already know what part of my body carries a load.

  • Happy Hamster

    Birds Chirping , Sun Coming out ,Coffee in hand and walking past the tv to let the dogs out then with high volume the xbox sound comes on sooooo coffee’s in the air , your body automatically adjusts to Kung Fu mode and the squeek from your voice to the intruder “i kill you” to realise that damn kinect is on

    • Admiral Chief Groot Wors


  • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

    Look, jokes aside, that looks like awesome tech if it delivers what is marketed!

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      That’s the catch really isn’t it. MS has created the framework but will devs actually utilise the features?

    • Happy Hamster

      At least with the new one you dont have to stand in the neighbors lounge for it to pick you up in your lounge

      • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

        I can only imagine it saying


        When I whip this thing out…

        • Happy Hamster

          Knowing my luck as soon as i stand in front of one its either
          Hello Your Current Weight Exceeds the camera Limiter ,Please join a Gym


          Hello Did you fall from a tree and hit every branch on the way down

  • Tbone187

    Meanwhile South Africans will place this at their front door for would be intruders…At least you’ll know how many of them there were and whether or not they were smiling while stealing your stuff…

    • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

      “Intruders detected, releasing poison gas, attack gerbils, and shrapnel staplers”

      • Lord Chaos

        “LEGO trap ready for deployment.”

      • HvR

        “Display Lazygamer man lady ION”

    • Happy Hamster

      Burglar 1 to Burglar 2 while admiring the Kinect: Tjeeeeee Tjomma Check thees kamera out ekse is big Bucks

      Kinect: Errol ek gaan tjou ma se dat djy is in ander mensies se huis ne sy gat jou m**r , voetsek

      English Subtitles: Errol im going to tell your mother she will beat you to a bloody pulp , buggeroff

    • Brady miaau

      awesome idea.

      perhaps can hack some tools in, record to disk that sort of thing.

  • HvR

    Accidental limitation revealed at 5:28.

    One of the photographers steps in the close enough for the sensor to pick up but it is clear that the sensor has severe limitation coupled to range, he stands still while his is skeleton model goes ape shit.

    • Hammersteyn

      Also there one point where the guy turns around but the skeleton does not.

      • HvR

        And it seems that Kinect skateboard scanning is till vapor ware.

        • Argentil

          Aaaw, but that was like, the only reason I’d ever want one. Now what reason do I have to go out and purchase a skateboard?

          • Hammersteyn

            You can still fall of the board 50 times and post it on Youtube?

  • Not bad, really improved a lot, 😉

  • FoxOneZA – X-Therminator

    Impressive but how it will be implemented keeps me skeptical. PrimeSense, the company originally behind Kinect, said that it’s now possible to create micro Kinect-type cameras on a chip and have them in mobile devices.

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    Sounds more like frightening features…. I’m not a fan of facial recognition, especially on a device that’s not localized. The fact that this thing can use your biometrics and then upload that data elsewhere is a big no no.

    No thank you, Spycam!

    • Natty Dave

      considering that Snowden is currently the subject of an international manhunt by the U.S. government for leaking information about how the cia and nsa has been spying on the world, hacking and monitoring phone calls, I think you’re correct to find this frightening, as should everyone else. they are selling you in home surveillance with a lot of entertainment features to make you feel at ease in front of the camera. everyone smile and look busy, big brother may be watching…and listening.

  • John Van Rensburg

    “The airlock door is open, Dave”

  • lol @ kinect 2 level of advancement.
    Mirrors Edge

  • MrC

    Wow …. impressive…. but , correct me if Im wrong …. its still on 24 hours a day, watching you, SPYING on you

  • Galbedir

    The perfect spy device…but still, rather impressive!

  • Skyblue

    “Xbox One a severe hiding over their dreadful E3 showing”

    I disagree with that statement. M$ had a terrible reveal event but their E3 presentation was stronger than $onys when it came to the games. The big talking point was DRM which took all the focus off the games.
    As for the Kinect 2, they’ll need some killer apps to prove it’s worth.

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