Xbox One With Kinect

Popular Mechanics is a much loved magazine, particularly popular in the US of A. Every year, they make their top 10 list of products that showed innovation and transformation. Guess what, the Xbox One landed on the list!

Popular Mechanics describes their breakthrough awards:

Whether developed in a garage or in the lab of a multinational corporation, these are the year’s most innovative and transformative products

The Xbox One is described as both evolutionary and revolutionary. Notable mention is made of the new Kinect, explaining how it can see in total darkness, track movements in your hands and muscles and even sense your heartbeat. Popular Mechanics goes on to say something I’m not sure developers want to hear:

The platform is so advanced that developers have barely begun to grasp all its possibilities.

Other products on the list include the Pebble Watch and Rust-Oleum NeverWet Liquid Repellent. If you haven’t seen that NeverWet stuff, it’s ridiculously impressive. No really, the guys and I watched this video over and over again a while back – this stuff is too cool!

Hmm, so, The Daily Mail made their statement that the PS4 is the most influential tech of 2013 while Popular Mechanic believes that the Xbox One is one of the top ten breakthrough products of 2013. Honestly, both consoles look incredible and are a huge leap forward. Now to just save up enough money to have them in my home – a home that will soon be fully protected by NeverWet!

Last Updated: October 14, 2013

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was reviewed on PC

79 Comments

  1. Downloadable content John

    October 14, 2013 at 09:34

    Does the NSA by any chance own Popular Mechanics?

    Reply

  2. Scruff304

    October 14, 2013 at 09:39

    How awesome is that neverwet stuff! Wow… I want to apply that to my windscreen just to see the reaction of the petrol attendant when he tries to clean my windscreen…

    Reply

    • Circuitflow

      October 14, 2013 at 09:40

      LOL

      Reply

    • Tarisma

      October 14, 2013 at 09:52

      you are like Neverwet to your fiance

      Reply

      • Scruff304

        October 14, 2013 at 09:55

        I think you read LG comments all day just to troll me.

        Reply

  3. Circuitflow

    October 14, 2013 at 09:39

    MIND=BLOWN NEVERwet stuff is Amazing!

    Reply

    • TiMsTeR1033

      October 14, 2013 at 10:10

      It is hey!! flipping magic!

      Reply

    • Skyblue

      October 14, 2013 at 10:24

      You just know some smartass is gonna make a porn movie using that stuff for something, Americans.

      Reply

      • TiMsTeR1033

        October 14, 2013 at 10:24

        0_0

        Reply

      • Circuitflow

        October 14, 2013 at 10:28

        The name says it all !’NEVERWET”

        Reply

        • Fair usage John

          October 14, 2013 at 10:30

          That’s the challenge, you see.

          Reply

          • Circuitflow

            October 14, 2013 at 10:33

            wonder if it burns if u apply it on skin?

  4. Alien Emperor Trevor

    October 14, 2013 at 09:48

    To be fair, the new Kinect is a pretty cool piece of tech.

    Reply

    • Fair usage John

      October 14, 2013 at 09:49

      You’ve stared into its eyes, haven’t you?

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        October 14, 2013 at 09:57

        No, but I do think it would be a cool thing to use to control the TV.

        Reply

        • Fair usage John

          October 14, 2013 at 09:59

          Quite. I agree.

          Reply

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 14, 2013 at 10:14

            Make the lazy even more so…”xbox tv, sports!” “pizza hut order” lol

          • Fair usage John

            October 14, 2013 at 10:17

            Ah, to order Pizza delivery like that…what a dream…

        • MacDoodle

          October 14, 2013 at 10:26

          The latest Smart tv’s also have motion control & voice activation, doubt that they can monitor heart rate but still

          Reply

          • Circuitflow

            October 14, 2013 at 10:35

            Can u imgine your Tv telling you. “Your Heart Rate is to high to continue watching this Horrow movie”.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 14, 2013 at 10:37

            I was gonna say more on the lines of “Mr wilson youre heartrate is reaching critical levels, shall I pause Dirty sluts 21?” hahaha

          • Circuitflow

            October 14, 2013 at 10:42

            BWHAHAHAH…

          • Skyblue

            October 14, 2013 at 10:45

            HAHAHA!

          • MacDoodle

            October 14, 2013 at 10:47

            Lol take it back and demand a refund!

          • Unavengedavo(aka. IceCreamMan)

            October 14, 2013 at 11:44

            Or this porn movie πŸ˜›

        • veggiesaurus ZA

          October 14, 2013 at 11:03

          You know what would be amazing? If we could replace all the voice and gesture commands with simple button presses. Imagine how efficient that would be? 90% of all kinect integration in xb360 could effectively be replaced by a digital button (for example, using voice to change formations in fifa). 5% could be replaced with an analog button (controlling a ship or something by leaning), and the other 5% was actually cool. Also, these stats were 100% made up.

          Reply

          • Fair usage John

            October 14, 2013 at 11:05

            I see where you’re going with this and I think there’s money to be made with this. Best not mention it in front your kinect.

    • iAmWeasel

      October 14, 2013 at 10:18

      I suppose you guys haven’t read the Kotaku editor’s article about Kinect 2… ripped it to pieces after trying it out.

      Reply

  5. Mickey

    October 14, 2013 at 09:56

    Honestly the design of Xbox One actually tries to be evolutionary where the design of PS4 is far more iterative. People are usually not prepared for or convinced by an effort at evolution and this case is no different.

    Reply

    • Tarisma

      October 14, 2013 at 10:08

      Agreed. The XB1 is the more revolutionary product however the market is unhappy with it. I suspect the next next gen (PS5 XB2) consoles will both have the features of the original XB1

      Reply

    • iAmWeasel

      October 14, 2013 at 10:32

      Revolutionary because what.. it comes with a Kinect lounge ornament? Seriously now, what IS so revolutionary about the xbone?

      Reply

    • iAmWeasel

      October 14, 2013 at 10:41

      I suppose by revolutionary you mean a massive VHS style box with specs lower than PS4… and archaic NES style power brick.

      Reply

  6. Admiral Chief Ninja

    October 14, 2013 at 10:01

    I love these “awards” given to stuff not yet released!

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  7. Admiral Chief Ninja

    October 14, 2013 at 10:07

    Neverwet FOR THE WIN!!!!!

    Reply

  8. ToshZA

    October 14, 2013 at 10:07

    It is an amazing piece of tech. but as a gaming console, will devs ever use its full potential? Short answer is no. Such a pity.

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    • Skyblue

      October 14, 2013 at 10:26

      With M$ embracing the indie dev’s and making it easier and cheaper than ever to develop for the X1 I think we might see some innovation in the next few years. Sure the porn stuff is gonna happen but that is the American way after all.

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      • ToshZA

        October 14, 2013 at 10:34

        Thing is though – with the indies, they make some amazing games. They really do. But they’re short lived – and tbh the kind of features we could be talking about here require bigger budgets – full dev teams just implementing the kinect functions. I don’t think Indies will realise the full potential. While adding some novel stuff, it’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m talking industry changing mechanics that makes Sony crap their pants. The hardware is there, but I don’t think the software will get there.

        Just my opinion though, so crap on it if you like πŸ˜€

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  9. CypherGate

    October 14, 2013 at 10:11

    Neverwet is brilliant. Couldnt stop watching the videos. There is bucky paper that is also fantastic. Just hope they can sort out the issues with Graphene. Once that is sorted then the world will change quite drastically.

    Reply

  10. Fair usage John

    October 14, 2013 at 10:17

    I need neverwet for braais

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief Ninja

      October 14, 2013 at 10:18

      I’ll apply to my face and hands and go ape on a stack of ribs!

      Reply

      • Fair usage John

        October 14, 2013 at 10:19

        Ah man. Great idea.

        Reply

        • Skyblue

          October 14, 2013 at 10:44

          Mistake # 1 – eating bolognese – real men eat steak
          Mistake # 2 – “dining out with the GF” should read “when I be softening up me Julie”
          Win # 1 – She’s seen you eat bolognese and doesn’t think you’re a pig. Sounds like a keeper.

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          • Fair usage John

            October 14, 2013 at 10:49

            Haha. Okay. Mistake #1 – You’re right. I should be ashamed. But she’s Italian, and her pick of restaurants don’t usually make great steaks.
            Mistake #2 – I don’t think I’m street enough to say that.
            She is a keeper.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 14, 2013 at 10:51

            WIN!!! wait not win till she makes you lasagne! If you does that well then she is a keeper lol

          • Fair usage John

            October 14, 2013 at 10:52

            She does. But her dad’s taught me so much that it becomes my job more often than hers.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 14, 2013 at 10:54

            I will say one thing man, Italian people look after their family hey, so if you’re in trouble or something they will always have your back. Remind me to stop over in near future for some Italian cuisine lol

          • Fair usage John

            October 14, 2013 at 10:56

            That’s true.
            There’s always wine and beer at my house, so no need to call first.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 14, 2013 at 10:59

            I think I might do that when I see my family in ole CT.

  11. silverscorpio

    October 14, 2013 at 10:25

    The Xbox One is breakthrough tech in America. Not the rest of the world. We cant even use most of its features here in South Africa. Why pay for features and I cant use it. If it was usable here it might be different.

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  12. Fair usage John

    October 14, 2013 at 10:25

    I was kind of waiting for someone to call the iPhone when it was in the water

    Reply

    • TiMsTeR1033

      October 14, 2013 at 10:29

      What would impress the hell out of me is that!

      Reply

  13. TiMsTeR1033

    October 14, 2013 at 10:25

    This is the more appropriate header..

    Reply

    • Fair usage John

      October 14, 2013 at 10:32

      You photoshopping never fails to impress Tim.

      Reply

      • TiMsTeR1033

        October 14, 2013 at 10:33

        Why thank you John.

        Reply

  14. Martin du preez

    October 14, 2013 at 10:31

    ..

    Reply

    • TiMsTeR1033

      October 14, 2013 at 10:49

      heheh

      Reply

  15. Circuitflow

    October 14, 2013 at 10:31

    All i realy want to know about the XBONE is when am i going to get it in SA??? Surly somone can tell us or is it soo hard just to let your customers know when the hell u can get it in your respective country! or is MS SA just not that interested in selling it???? It almost November am i the only one???

    Reply

    • Skyblue

      October 14, 2013 at 10:34

      Sony really fucked up the PS3 launch and they still outsold MS. Maybe MS have developed “too big to fail” syndrome this time around.

      EDIT: You’re not the only one btw, since trying out Forza I have developed an itch which needs scratching and it’s getting itchier by the day.

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      • ToshZA

        October 14, 2013 at 10:36

        Or maybe (crazy thought) because we are not the Xbone’s target market – everyone agrees on this – they don’t prioritise us at all. Their features are targeted at countries that can use them, not us nabs in SA.

        Remember, this isn’t just a gaming console – it’s an American home entertainment system.

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        • Circuitflow

          October 14, 2013 at 10:56

          Maybe someone at MS SAshould WAKE THE FUCK UP and fight for your Country.. Surly their are incentive to sell a certain amount! IF we have an release date you will see an increase in Xbone pre orders … DUMB ASS @MS SA

          If the XBone was my product to sell i would have had a release date loooong time ago, the more time i have between my release date the more Pre orders i get to market not to mention budles ect ect…

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          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 14, 2013 at 10:58

            South Africa always has been more Sony fanbois in all honesty.

          • Circuitflow

            October 14, 2013 at 11:00

            umm NO!!! your wrong ! I refuse to believe that… i … i cant…. Nooooooooo!!!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 14, 2013 at 11:07

            Dude, ps1, ps2 Need I say more…

          • ToshZA

            October 14, 2013 at 11:03

            I’m not a fan of either per se, I just go with whatever is best at the time. I’m not a brand loyal person. Right now PS4 seems to want my money more, but the jury is still out.

          • ToshZA

            October 14, 2013 at 10:59

            Again, we’re not who MS wants to target here. If they wanted to target gamers only, then they’d have built the Xbone around that – like Sony did.

          • Circuitflow

            October 14, 2013 at 11:13

            All the Xbone has more than the PS4 is the TV function.. which makes any normal TV into a Smart one. Who does not want that? It does make sense, your Target market is bigger, TV and Gamers and yet ” WE STILL DONT HAVE A RELEASE DATE!” sorry kinda annoyed really with this whole thing!

          • Skyblue

            October 14, 2013 at 11:45

            I do differ with your opinion on this slightly. First world countries generally lay down the standard which gets adopted by the rest of the world eventually so making a device that is current for those countries will inevitably lead to a trickle down to us. In saying that, my home is as close to first world compatibility as I’m going to get without moving abroad and yes, I know I will not be able to utilise half the features available to Americans on release but therein lies the challenge for developing countries.

            Upon release, the PS3 and X360 never had any downloadable content and we had expensive ISDN connections that were slow for downloading but look at those formats now. I go through about 500gb of data a month now which was impossible to achieve in 2005 with bandwidth limitations but am now almost solely reliant upon internet for all my media requirements.

          • Circuitflow

            October 14, 2013 at 13:33

            Good Point~!

    • TiMsTeR1033

      October 14, 2013 at 10:35

      *cough* As much as I love my xbox 360… I don’t share the same feelings for the Xbone. They should give the people a date to expect the release though.

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      • Circuitflow

        October 14, 2013 at 10:41

        Thats what im saying?? they need to WAKE the FUCK up! Just need to know when is coming.. if it comes next year FEB Fine.. Gives me an idea of what game not to buy since i’ll like to play the better game on the next gen lIke AC4 and What dogs and BF 4.. But not knowing just KILLS ME !!

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        • TiMsTeR1033

          October 14, 2013 at 10:42

          I would get it for DR3! and Forza 5 but yeah, I miss the Sony exclusives sometimes.

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          • Circuitflow

            October 14, 2013 at 10:44

            yeah, just borrow the PS from a buddy to play those exclusive.. Say arnt you buyng the PS4 “BUUUUDDY”????

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 14, 2013 at 10:50

            YIP! I shall be! Still wish I got a chance to play all the PS3 exclusives!

          • Circuitflow

            October 14, 2013 at 10:53

            There is still time, surely u know someone that owns a PS3, then just go buy those title , cheap cheap at BT

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 14, 2013 at 10:55

            I knew a guy, but he wont let me use his ps3.. the catch is they still not exactly cheap yet either..

  16. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    October 14, 2013 at 12:58

  17. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    October 14, 2013 at 14:02

    Put neverwet in shampoo.

    Get popcorn. Enjoy fallout.

    Reply

  18. Maxiviper117

    October 14, 2013 at 14:50

    Im more impressed by the NeverWet stuff than the XBone.

    Reply

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