Check out this awesome Kinect-powered shopping cart being developed by the Space Wizards at Chaotic Moon (who previously brought us “The Board of Awesomeness”) for the Earth-friendly grocery store, Whole Foods. They call it “Smarter Cart” and it uses Kinect and a tablet to read your shopping list to you and check them as you place them into your “Smarter Cart”. The cart is also motorized and can follow you around the store. It will even listen to your instructions with voice recognition. Your items are rung up as you go so at the end of your trip there is no need to wait in line! Just bag it up and go! Be sure to say farewell to your Smarter Cart, though. They should not be removed from the premises. Although, it’d be interesting to see what a kindly hobo would do with one, wouldn’t it?
Check out this video from GeekWire featuring Microsoft Studios’ own Aaron Greenburg demonstrating the Smarter Cart.
What other daily chores and errands do you think could be made better with Kinect? Let us know in the comments!
This one is for the style-savvy readers! Today we announced the Xbox 360 Special Edition 4GB Family Console Bundle. This limited edition bundle includes a glossy white Xbox 360 4GB console, glossy white Kinect sensor, white Xbox 360 wireless controller and a copy of two of our most popular Kinect tiles: Kinect Sports and Kinect Adventures as well as a three month subscription to Xbox LIVE Gold and will be available while supplies last for US $ 299.99.
With that three month XBL Gold subscription be sure to go and download Kinect Fun Labs! It is free and provides tons of family fun that you can even share here and download!
You can order it now via Amazon.com.
Jared St. Jean of the rad indie developer-focused site, Develop Kinect has written a book called Kinect Hacks! The book is scheduled to be available May 22, 2012, but you can pre-order it now on Amazon.com Obviously, we haven’t read it so we can’t tell you if it’s good or not. However, without reading it I feel confident in assuring you it will be much better than anything that involves a vapid girl and sparkling vampires.
Some people have told us that they occasionally have a difficult time figuring out how to get to Kinect Fun Labs on their Xbox 360. This YouTube user has uploaded a video helping out with exactly that!
Do you have a better way? More pro tips like this one? Tell us in the comments!
Do you live in Melbourne, Australia? Great! This Friday, February 24th you can go and see Kinect Wizard Chris Vic aka “Synaeside” perform a Kinect electronic music set at Transitions (BeatEngines) at the Royal Melbourne Hotel. He’ll also be doing a demo of the software he’s written that makes it possible. Check it out!
Check out more of his stuff along with additional appearances and information about his work at his Tumblr, I Love the Future.