Microsoft Kinect (Xbox 360) Teardown

Microsoft Kinect (Xbox 360) Teardown

Summary: Bill Detwiler cracks open the revolutionary Microsoft Kinect Xbox 360 peripheral.

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  • The Microsoft Kinect is an Xbox 360 peripheral that allows a "controller-free gaming and entertainment experience." Packed with cameras, microphones, an IR projector, and more, the Kinect is Microsoft's answer to the Nintendo Wii remote and the Sony Playstation Move controller.

    Follow along as I crack open the Kinect for a look at the hardware inside.

    Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic

    Caption by: Bill Detwiler
  • This Microsoft Kinect cost $150 (US) and included the game Kinect Adventures.

    Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic

    Caption by: Bill Detwiler

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Microsoft

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  • what an incredibly frustrating user experience...

    Having the page refresh every single time I want to switch to the next image
    ieeamo
    • RE: Microsoft Kinect (Xbox 360) Teardown

      @ieeamo
      Really?? Who cares. Holidays have you grumpy? It was a pretty sweet article. Now I wont be tempted to take apart a kinect if I decide to purchase one.
      Anti Fanboy
      • RE: Microsoft Kinect (Xbox 360) Teardown

        @Anti Fanboy

        I do. It is a stupid, horrible interface, and makes me opt out of clicking through ZDNet picture galleries far more often than not.
        DeusXMachina
      • RE: Microsoft Kinect (Xbox 360) Teardown

        @Anti Fanboy

        I care, and I don't usually bother with things like this. They should do like on iFixit and other sites, where the thing is a slideshow that ONLY refreshes the window where the pictures are.... not the whole page.
        Lerianis10
      • RE: Microsoft Kinect (Xbox 360) Teardown

        @Anti Fanboy Add my name to the list of irritated users. Seriously, WTF ZDNet?! Every time I click on the next image, the page jumps back up. I just want to semi-mindlessly click a button. Is that so much to ask?
        PacoBell
    • RE: Microsoft Kinect (Xbox 360) Teardown

      @ieeamo Couldn't agree more, it's frustrating, I never surf more than 3 images while JQuery gallery plugins are everywhere
      Qussay Najjar
  • RE: Microsoft Kinect (Xbox 360) Teardown

    Agreed about the interface. Ironic that the thumbnail strip scrolls nicely without a reload. Yet the requirement of refreshing (and thus readjusting the browser) after each picture click is more 2001 than 2010.

    It's amazing what a little DIV, XML and AJAX could do.
    ZStoner