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Unboxing Live 089: Nest Learning Thermostat

In this episode we open up the Nest Learning Thermostat. If you are unfamiliar, check out our video demo of Nest. Nest aims to manage the heating and cooling in your house by learning your usage patterns alongside built-in motion sensors that are used to tell when you are and aren't home. You can control Nest directly from the unit, as well as from anywhere that you have an Internet connection through the browser. It also has smartphone apps that allow you to control it directly from your mobile device. The more you interact with Nest, the more it learns about your preferences, and it will continually tune itself to your preferences and schedule. Nest is currently backordered by about two months from the company, but you can pick up Nest on Amazon.

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2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Kinect for Xbox 360

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Microsoft's been hyping up Kinect for over a year now, and we've been enjoying the motion sensing Xbox peripheral for just as long. Our verdict? We love it, and it feels like the future. This is why we're adding it to our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide. If you know anyone with an Xbox 360 console who doesn't have Kinect, then we'd recommend putting this one on your gift list. The Kinect sensor costs $149.99, and includes Kinect Adventures, a disc full of mini-games that let you try out a bunch of Kinect's features.It also includes download token codes for Fruit Ninja Kinect and Gunstringer, two Xbox Live Arcade Kinect titles. You can also do video chat with other Kinect users and Windows Live users as well, and you get voice control over your Xbox 360. Seriously, this is the video game accessory to have this holiday season--especially during your holiday parties with friends and family around.

Aside from the sensor itself, here are a few Kinect games that we think are worth picking up as well:

Of course, in order to take advantage of Kinect, you'll need an Xbox 360 console. If you don't already have one, Microsoft is selling consoles bundled with Kinect.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Kinect for Xbox 360

kinect for xbox 360

Microsoft's been hyping up Kinect for over a year now, and the motion sensing Xbox peripheral has finally arrived. Our verdict? We love it, and it feels like the future. If you know anyone with an Xbox 360 console who doesn't have Kinect, then we'd recommend putting this one on your gift list. The Kinect sensor costs $149.99, and includes Kinect Adventures, a disc full of mini-games that let you try out a bunch of Kinect's features. You can also do video chat with other Kinect users and Windows Live users as well, and you get voice control over your Xbox 360. Seriously, this is the video game accessory to have this holiday season--especially during your holiday parties with friends and family around.

Aside from the sensor itself, here are a few Kinect games that we think are worth picking up as well:

Dance Central
Kinectimals
Your Shape Fitness Evolved

Of course, in order to take advantage of Kinect, you'll need an Xbox 360 console. If you don't already have one, Microsoft is selling consoles bundled with Kinect.

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Microsoft Kinect NYC launch event

Posted by Patrick Lambert Categories: Microsoft, Video Games, Videos

Microsoft launched their new Kinect motion sensor at midnight last night in New York City at the Toys R Us in Times Square, and the scene looked quite unreal. Streets were blocked off, long lines could be seen, and dancers wearing "You are the controller" t-shirts entertained the crowd. Overall, the launch appears to have gone smoothly and thousands of people are now discovering this new way to game on their Xbox 360 consoles. If you weren't part of the midnight crowd, you can still get yours for $149 at your local gaming store. For now, check out the video after the jump from one of the many who were outside in the mob.

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Taito Releases Space Invaders and Cooking Mama

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Games, $4.99, $6.99

Taito Games

Square Enix’s Taito has released two apps for the iPhone 3G/iPod touch. Space Invaders has all the fun of the original version, bonus content, and can be controlled with the motion sensor or other touch methods. Cooking Mama features both old and new recipies. You can find each at the App Store, with prices $6.99 for the cooking game and $4.99 for the ETs. The company says that there will be other apps available down the road.

 

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Watch Anywhere Monitoring Camera

Watch Anywhere CameraThe Watch Anywhere Monitoring Camera can catch your mate or kids in the act of doing something that they would rather you not know. About the size of a webcam, it installs in a room or car. When the motion sensor detects something, it sends a 3 second video to the owner’s cell phone. Users can also dial to receive images, listen with its built-in mic, or set it up at night with infrared mode. Launched last week at the Melbourne at Home Exhibition, it comes with a price of $495.00. We are thinking this is a bit too much Big Brother for us.

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Space Invaders Land on Doorstep

Space Invaders DoormatJust in case we are not alone in the Universe, protect yourself and your loved ones with this “Back Off” LED Doormat. Imported from France, the Space Invaders are triggered by a motion sensor. Using 4 AAA batteries (not included,) it is recommended for indoor use only. This makes sense, for everyone knows that aliens will only retreat after they enter your house to probe you. Find yours at ThinkGeek for $69.95.

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