Natal Microsoft in June 2nd, 2009 at E3. Officially announced the XBOX360 somatosensory peripheral peripherals. Natal revolutionized the game of a single operation. Makes the concept more thoroughly machine interaction unfolded. It is a 3D camera somatosensory (code-named "Project Natal"), and it introduces a real-time motion capture, image recognition, microphone input, voice recognition, social interaction and other features. Players can drive this technology in the game with other players to interact with other Xbox players via the Internet to share pictures and information.
B2 Technology November 17, 2010 New Infrastructure for Improved Cloud Storage Under Development By CONAN MILNER Cloud, our aim is develop the in- Epoch Times Staﬀ frastructure to support this prom- inence of data and data-intensive An international research initiative services.” is working to develop a smart cloud VISION Cloud will build on the storage architecture to meet the cloud technology that IBM has de- needs of the world’s ever-increasing veloped over the past three years, data load. and make it easier and less expen- IBM will lead the three-year, ap- sive to develop new data-intensive proximately $21.5 million research services. The new architecture will project with the help of 15 European provide improved security and partners to improve the global de- quality service, while still being livery of data and storage services able to meet or exceed the grow- across both international and sys- ing computing power demands of tem boundaries. current storage clouds. The European Union-funded IBM says that with VISION project known as VISION Cloud— Cloud, a storage service provider Virtualized Storage Services for may soon oﬀer a “digital safe” the Future Internet—aims to in- service, where customers can troduce a powerful infrastructure safely store their photos, videos, for reliable and eﬀective delivery health and ﬁnancial records, as of data-intensive storage services, well as other important digital to support the convergence of in- information. formation technology, media, and The user will be able to grant telecommunications. family members, doctors, and IBM says the goal of VISION friends access to various data ob- IN MOTION: A Microsoft Kinect is shown together with an Xbox 360. The device detects the motions of the user, allowing for motion-capture gaming. courtesy of microsoft Cloud will be a more ﬂexible and jects, which they can view regard- secure cloud storage system that less of the format their devices or can be delivered in a pay-per-use computers require. model. “Users now require capabilities that are far richer than simple raw bits and basic storage,” said Dr. Hil- lel Kolodner, IBM researcher and lead architect for VISION Cloud, in a statement for the initiative. “To Built on open standards, VI- SION Cloud will also allow data to be transferred easily from one cloud provider to another. If a cloud storage service suddenly raises its rates, VISION Cloud will soon make it possible for an individual Review: Kinect for Xbox 360 hype behind it. Will it appeal to the rooms, and makes it less likely to be satisfy this need, the focus must shift to the data—where the col- lections of bits are semantically or business to switch to another provider without having to secure and download huge amounts of A look at whether masses? Will it have the ease and accessibility that it has promised to deliver? Will the technology be used in a bedroom. With the problems that might deter some people from purchas- meaningful and have associated metadata.” “Data should be a ﬁrst-class citi- data. IBM says that the transfer of data from the old provider to the new Microsoft’s latest enough to satisfy the tech-heads waiting for a futuristic gaming experience? ing a Kinect system out of the way, however, it is a load of fun to use and oﬀers a casual pick-up-and-play zen, where its importance is com- parable to the computing power it- self,” Kolodner said. “With VISION one could begin as a background process or even in an on-demand fashion. controller raises the Kinect delivers on some of these promises, and somewhat fails at others. First of all, at $149.99, Ki- experience. The facial recognition is accu- rate, while the voice commands and nect is an expensive piece of hard- menu navigation make you feel like bar for motion gaming ware. Considering the price of the new Xbox 360 S, which retails at $299.99, Kinect’s price is deﬁnitely you’re in a spinoﬀ of “Minority Re- port.” It is clearly aimed at a target audience, and delivers fabulously on Friendwell Sunspring Investment Group, LLC Free Estimates! By SAM WHITE Epoch Times Staﬀ bombardment is unlikely to stop anytime soon. The Kinect is a motion sensor hard to justify as an additional peripheral. Kinect’s second biggest ﬂaw is the family-fun accessibility that Mi- crosoft was aiming for. Kinect is a strong addition to Mi- Modern well maintained class A Quality Remodeling If you’ve bought a packet of break- fast cereal, a can of coke, or a bar that connects to the Xbox 360 gaming system and allows users the amount of space needed to get the best out of the motion track- crosoft’s gaming arsenal, and while some might cringe (understandably) office building with a beautiful Restaurants Residences atrium lobby. 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This really limits some peal to a more serious gaming audi- 2025 Rt. 27 the device’s promotional run, the it will live up to the monumental people’s use of Kinect to their living ence, it will really come to life. Licensed Plumbers and Electricians iPhone App of the Week: Kayak Google’s Android Gingerbread Available to work evenings Construction Permit Application Flight, Hotel Search 14.0.2 and Nexus S Rumored to Launch Call: 732-744-1455 Call 917-642-1056 A travel assistant over time. 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On Friday, Google added ﬂames to the rumors about Gingerbread’s release by posting an update on its Twitter account: “Our cafes are bak- need it unless you want to write a Gingerbread is the successor to ing something sweet,” linking to a By TAN TRUONG review. Android 2.2, codenamed Froyo, and photo of Android icon-shaped ginger- The simple things Epoch Times Staﬀ You can also e-mail your itiner- ary to Kayak.com and it saves your is highly anticipated due to its ru- mored support for tablet computers bread men. In a Nov. 8 post, Google also announced a 2.3 update would be that make my Kayak.com is trying to be the best and largest travel website. The prob- trip info in the Trips section. It then keeps track of all the details of each and larger display sizes. Gingerbread is also speculated to coming to Google Nexus One phones over “the next few days.” son smile. lem is that it doesn’t sell you the tick- ets that it ﬁnds for you, like Orbitz leg of your trip. In the details sec- tion, you’ll ﬁnd all of the informa- support built-in video chat through Google Voice, according to a PC So far, Google has not announced a launch date for Gingerbread but has or Travelocity, so it doesn’t have the tion that you’ll ever need about your Magazine interview in October with consistently said it would be “some- name recognition that the ticket sell- trip, and there are links to airport Google’s Andy Rubin, who founded time soon.” ers enjoy. What it does have, though, maps mentioned above. 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This website, with a few features that take tracker can be used to look up any ers Android updates, claims to have would follow the lukewarm response advantage of the iPhone’s mobile other ﬂight that you’re curious about seen early versions of Gingerbread to Nexus One, which was discontin- features. and provides essentially the same and reports that the user interface in ued by Google as a mass-market Like the website, the app helps you information as standalone ﬂight the new version is much improved product and repackaged as a devel- ﬁnd the best prices for ﬂights, ho- tracker apps. and “easier on the eyes.” oper phone. tels, and rental cars. Once you ﬁnd Other functions include a Beacon Also, Phandroid says Android 2.3 While a second-generation Google a deal that you’re ready to pay for, that you can use to e-mail your loca- would support the SIP protocol na- phone has been talked about for a the app transfers you to the vendor’s tion with an integrated Google map, tively on Google Voice, allowing the while, on Nov. 11 Engadget posted a website. a Packing List, a currency converter, phone functionality to be used on any photo gallery of a Samsung phone You may or may not see an inter- a list of airline phone numbers, and network including Wi-Fi. featuring Google’s logo and claimed face optimized for a mobile display a schedule of airline fees. But the biggest new feature that An- it was the Nexus S. 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