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Submitted by Gekko 754d ago | news

Xbox Kinect system helps autistic children play music

Children with severe autism and other profound learning difficulties have been given a new way to join in school music lessons via simple gestures, and an experimental system based on Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect. (Culture, Kinect, Xbox 360)

hennessey86  +   754d ago
Good
At least kind t has its uses else where
JBSleek  +   754d ago
Back handed compliments...
WrAiTh Sp3cTr3  +   754d ago
I can control the xbox in it's entirety minus cutting it on, through Kinect, lol.
Septic  +   754d ago
That's brilliant. I think we can all agree that there need to be more attempts to making gaming accessible to as many people as possible, especially those with disabilities.
dredgewalker  +   754d ago
Not just gaming, it might be a helpful learning tool with the right software.
Shadonic  +   754d ago
there was an article years ago talking about a school using it to teach children in africa english by haveing them yell out the action in english to the person playing.
Godchild1020  +   754d ago
I remember Stevie Wonder mentioned something at a Video game award show about how he wanted developers to make games that can help handicap people interact with games better.

"Best Music Game was presented by Stevie Wonder. He called to video game creators to create handicap accessible games before giving out the award to Beatles Rockband."

http://www.examiner.com/art...
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MobyRoyale  +   754d ago
I remember hearing, some years back, about some device(I thinkable it was some sort of headgear) that allowed blind people in the study to temporarily see some bright neon orange, or green, or something.

Idk... could you even imagine? Going your entire life not being able to see? Then in an instance you could see something for a moment?

I *bet they were so nervous waiting to try it out. I bet you I would be in tears if I had been one of those people....

There is a lot of negativity in this world. But we can do some truly awesome things. Lol I mean the actual meaning of the word 'awesome' not how we overuse it ;).

This is just another thing. The amazing technology that we take for granted.... Idk, we are privileged.

This type of story always makes my day.

*To the future*
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yesmynameissumo  +   754d ago
That's an awesome use of Kinect. If used properly, the implications could be astounding.
ChunkyLover53  +   754d ago
That is great to hear, Kinect/360 is also a sponsor of the NFL's Play 60, which encourages kids to play for 60 minutes a day.

I've also heard of stroke victims use Kinect and it actually helps with recovery.
jerethdagryphon  +   754d ago
motion and visual based games are very useful for special needs
Roper316  +   754d ago
Kinect definitely has it uses they just don't apply to core gaming.
Lvl_up_gamer  +   754d ago
I don't understand what you mean by don't apply to core gaming?

Kinect is awesome in Madden, Skyrim, Mass Effect, Ghost recon and Forza.

Those are core games that use Kinect and it works great being applied to them.

Please elaborate what you mean because your current comment seems a little to broad to be taken as truthful or knowledgeable.

OT:

It's great to see Kinect being used to help make gaming more accessible to those who would otherwise be left out of an experience simply due to their handicap. I hope to see more developers and console makers utilizing their positions and create opportunities for those who wouldn't normally be able to enjoy this great hobby of ours.
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Roper316  +   754d ago
To me barking out orders is not core gaming which is basically all Kinect can do in games like ME,Ghost Recon & Madden. Can you use Kinect to make your main character in a FPS or TPS shooter move or any not on rails game or completely control them like a regular controller? Can you play a game like Borderlands 2 or even ME with Kinect and nothing else?

The answer is no you can't so until the answer is yes Kinect doesn't really apply to core gaming as a main feature and is nothing more than forced side gimmick in most core titles.
Lvl_up_gamer  +   754d ago
"To me barking out orders is not core gaming"

Then you don't know much about core gaming. Your selective reasoning and rational make absolutely no sense at all.

By calling audibles in Madden and changing formation on the fly makes Madden even more immersible. This was there simply for the Core Madden demographics.

Ghost Recon uses Kinect not for voice commands but in the gun smiting options where you move parts around and test the gun. So again you are wrong that Kinect is only used for "barking".

In Skyrim, it's utilized by reducing time and calling out spells by saying the spell. People have been yelling out Fas Ro dah even before Kinect was added to Skyrim....This feature is what people have been asking for without even knowing it.

I am sorry Roper but your nit picking irrational views on CORE and Kinect cannot be taken seriously and it seems more and more that you are just looking for anything to complain about with MS and Kinect. You most likely have never even used the device for ANY of those games.
Shadonic  +   754d ago
It could work just not in the ways that weve seen at least from what weve seen from big studios. IDK why but overall 99% of the stuff to disprove kinect as not being able to do core has come from PC and from just people using free software trying different things out at that.
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Shadonic  +   754d ago
I miss child of eden :(

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