Nike+ Kinect Training Revealed at E3

This morning at the 2012 Xbox 360 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) Press Conference we revealed an exciting new project from our team here at Microsoft Studios called Nike+ Kinect Training.

From the comfort of your own home Nike trainers (who work with the company’s top athletes) will provide you with a custom training program rooted in elite Nike fitness and specifically designed to help athletes of all levels reach beyond their potential. Through the magic of Kinect, the personal trainers within the experience can see how your body moves, assess your physical strengths and athleticism, identify areas for improvement, and create a personalized workout plan to help you achieve your personal best. With real-time feedback to make sure positions and movements are correct, the Nike+ Kinect Training custom program evolves as you do, helping you get fitter, faster and stronger. 

This sort of customized support and reinforcement has never been made available to anyone other than incredibly rich folks and incredibly rich pro athletes. ” “‘Nike+ Kinect Training’ gives everyone access to the same training that we give our professional athletes,”  Matthew Mcconaughey Stefan Olander, vice president of Digital Sport at Nike touted. “It merges our understanding of the greatest athletes in the world with the amazing sensor technology of Kinect for Xbox 360.”

“Kinect becomes the eyes for ‘Nike+ Kinect Training’ instructors, bringing a new level of engagement and personalization to the program that blurs the lines between a personal training session and a game,” explained Yusuf Mehdi, the rather dapper and fit corporate vice president of Marketing and Strategy of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft.

With fitness assessments and the ability to work out with friends over Xbox LIVE and tap into the Nike+ community, Nike+ Kinect Training helps athletes stay motivated every step of the way. Aspiring athletes take training even further by competing in challenges, sending encouragement to friends and keeping workouts on track with a mobile companion app!

So, get ready! Nike+ Kinect Training will be available just in time to help you get rid of the holiday 2012 bulge.

Kudo and Dean Talk Kinect

Today on Venture Beat, game-industry super news guy Dean Takahashi and super star Kinect “Cheerleader” Kudo Tsunoda chatted all about Kinect and content.

They discussed game developer’s gradual adoption of Kinect features as everyone learned which parts of the Kinect could work for existing games as well as how it could enhance the experience for players.

“In lots of ways you see Kinect, especially in the core areas, in some ways being put into franchises that already exist. I think about a game like Mass Effect 3, and I don’t think necessarily the motion technology of Kinect in any way really dictates what goes into the game and what doesn’t as much as that game is perfectly suited f

Kudo explained.
 “Fable: The Journey, coming out this holiday, will be using the

the motion technology, and it has really good fidelity in the motion technology. It is improving over time to drive a more core gaming experience. I think we’re proving out things in Kinect all the time — building new things. Allowing creative people to use Kinect to bring a different type of functionality in a way that makes sense for their franchises.”

New technologies can be tricky to master, but here we are a year and a half after the launch of Kinect and many developers are starting to get the hang of it!

“People understand better how to develop on any kind of technology. You’re going to get better performance, better experiences, new inventions over time.” Kudo observes. “I think that’s why you see Kinect branching off into all different genres of games now. It’s because developers are able to do more with the technology as they’ve become more experienced in working with it.”

Want to read more from this conversation? Head on over to Venture Beat to read the whole thing!

Which game franchises do you think should try to add Kinect features? Offer your opinions in the comments!

Beam Me Up Kinect!


From the You Tube Video Description:

“The Human Media Lab at Queen’s University in Canada has developed a Star Trek-like human-size 3d videoconferencing pod that allows people in different locations to video conference as if they are standing in front of each other.

“Why skype when you can talk to a life-size 3d holographic image of another person?” says Professor Roel Vertegaal, director of the Human Media Lab.

The technology is called TeleHuman and looks like something from the Star Trek Holodeck. Two people simply stand in front of their own life-size cylindrical pods and talk to 3d hologram-like images of each other. cameras capture and track 3d video and convert it into the life-size surround image. Since the 3d video image is visible 360 degrees around the pod, the person can walk around it to see the other person’s side or back.

The researchers also created a 3D holographic anatomical browser called BodiPod, which allows students to examine medical imaging data using the cylindrical display.”

For more info and high resolution images, visit human media lab’s website!

The Biggest Fruit Ninja You’ve Ever Seen

Sometimes, Microsoft and Apple work together more beautifully than most people would guess. Orlando’s Crunchy Logistics is getting some attention for creating “the largest interactive reproduction of an iPad in the world spanning 24 feet wide and 12 feet tall”.

This massive display was created as a demonstration of their Padzilla Two Interactive Case which offers gesture control of iOS on an iPad powered by Kinect. According to Crunchy Logistics’ webpage,

“The giant iPad display is constructed through the newest 3.5mm LED wall matrix display technology. 3.5mm is the thinnest LED separation currently possible for this type of LED matrix display which increases pixel density to possible “Retina” display quality at typical viewing distances. Padzilla now enables the user to interact on a large scale from a multitouch reproduction platform and is now multi-input gesture capable.”

These magic engineers chose Fruit Ninja as the game to display on such a massive scale. Of course, this now means I want to see if I can defeat an elephant in Fruit Ninja.

Kinect Rush Snapshot Now Live in Kinect Fun Labs!

Want to check out Kinect Rush in an all-new, totally free way? Kinect Fun Labs is the place to be! Just released today, Kinect Rush Snapshot lets you enter the worlds of five beloved Disney Pixar movies, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, UP, Cars, and Toy Story, to become a unique character and have your photo taken with your Pixar friends! Of course, then you can upload your Snapshots to to download and share online!

What are you waiting for? Go download Kinect Rush Snapshot now! Be sure to share your favorite snapshots with us in the comments!