One of the biggest complaints with the Microsoft Kinect for Xbox 360 is its space requirement. For the depth-sensing cameras to function properly, Microsoft recommends a good eight feet between the Kinect sensor and your body. That's a lot of space, especially for all the apartment and dorm room dwellers out there.
Nyko might have fixed that problem with the Zoom, a surprisingly simple and affordable Kinect attachment that seriously cuts down on its need for room.
The Zoom is a wide-angle lens attachment that fits over the Kinect, changing how it sees the room. With a wider angle, it can see more laterally, but doesn't have as much depth. According to Nyko, this means the Kinect needs up to 40 percent less space than without the Zoom. Because it's just a set of lenses that fit over those on the Kinect, it doesn't need any power or complex installation; it just slides on.
The Nyko Zoom will retail for $29.99 when it ships later this year.
Of course the Microsoft Surface is a gimme, but the X-Desk may be some competition. It is 52-inches, as opposed to MS’s 30-inch surface, and also reacts to multi-touch input and zoom. Interact with maps and images and play media files. It can also be used with PMPs and cell phones via Bluetooth. The X-Desk, which was developed by Impressx and Engage and runs with Epson 3 LCD projectors, will cost you $20,000, about the same as the Surface.
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Casio has begun shipping their EX-FS10 Camera with the unique ability of capturing 720p video at 30fps and 480p at up to 1000fps. The Exilim has slow-motion mode for those home videos that will make your spouse/partner/bud look even more foolish. The cam also features a 9.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, an F3.9-5.4, 3X optical zoom, a 2.5-inch LCD display with 230,400 pixels and an SD/SDHC memory card slot. Available in four colors, it carries a MSRP of $349.99.
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Samsung Memoir has arrived at T-Mobile. The touchscreen cell phone is great for those who do a lot of picture taking with its 8 megapixel camera with Xenon flash, a 16x digital zoom, CMOS auto-focus and a full camera menu with features like geo-tagging and face detection. The 4.2 x 2.1 x 0.6-inch phone weighs only 4.4 oz. and has a talk time of 5.5 hrs. and 12.5 days of standby. The Memoir is Bluetooth compatible and comes with a 1GB SD card, battery and charger, a USB cable and headset. At a retail price of $499.99, after a $200.00 instant and $50.00 mail-in rebate, the cellie will cost you $249.99.
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Samsung has unveiled its point and shoot HZ1 with a 24mm wide angle lens with 10x zoom. At a size of 105 x 61.4 x 36.5mm, the camera also features a 2.7-inch TFT LCD (230k pixels) and a movie mode of HD 720p resolution at 30 fps. Included in the package is Samsung’s Digital Contents Management with Perfect Portrait System, face and blink detection, smile shot, self-portrait, red eye fix, and beauty shot. With no price or availability details out yet, it made its debut at the Photokina show in Germany.
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Whatever happened to basic black? Olympus’ new FE-360 point-and-shoot in blue has a 2.5-inch LCD and 3x zoom lens, while the FE-370, in what they say is red, has a 2.7-inch LCD and 5x zoom at a price of $149.99. In addition, the 370 cam includes intelligent auto mode, Smile Shot, and Expression Edit, to put a smile on the only one in the crowd who has none. It retails for $199.99. Look for both sometime this month.
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While we are on the subject of gadgets for iPhone 3Gs, there is now a 6x Zoom Telescope available for the near-sighted or simply nosy. Brando claims that it has a super wide angle, a larger luminous flux, better color, and a higher visual acuteness. Simple to assemble, the package includes a crystal case, neck strap, and adapter. There is also a telescope available for 2G iPhones. Each one will set you back $19.00.
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Panasonic has unveiled its latest LUMIX digital cam. The DMC-LS80 features a VARIO lens system, an 8.1 megapixel high-res, and a 3x optical zoom. It also has OIS, IAO, auto-macro setting in close range and auto-focus. Futhermore, the camera has a Venus Engine III processor with available high-speed burst shooting mode, video recording at 30 fps, and is HDTV compatible. In colors of pink, black, or silver, all this can be yours if the price is right, in this case $149.95, beginning in February.
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Sony Ericcson today announced the release of its Z550a quand-band clamshell phone, which has been designed just for the Americas. It features a 262k TFT display (220 x 176 pixels), a 1.3 Megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom, a music and video media player, M2 (Memory Stick Micro) support, and 25MB of memory. You can send SMS/MMS/EMS or e-mail by POP or IMAP4. The Z550a also features full HTML browsing, an FM tuner, and Bluetooth capability. No news yet on price and availability, but check out Sony Ericsson to see if you should add it to your list for Santa this year.
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Today Nokia introduced their N75 at New York’s Open Studio. This small multimedia computer offers digital music playback, quality photography, telephony and what they refer to as a “rich” Internet communication. Housed in a thin clamshell and utilizing its 2.4-inch screen for a slide show, it can print 2 megapixel (1600 x 1200 pixels) photos with up to 16 million colors. It also features a 16x digital zoom, an integrated flash LED, and accepts files in JPEG/EXIF format. Wait, there’s more. The N75 doubles as a mini-TV screen, supports formats MP3, M4A, AAC, eAAC+, and WMA, and its advanced digital music player includes an equalizer, playlist, shuffle and repeat features. There’s still more. With an internal memory of up to 40 MB, it can be further expanded with an optional microSD card of up to 2 GB. We’re simply exhausted, so visit Nokia if you want even more details, such as availability and price.
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