Q&A: GestureTek Talks Xbox 360 Camera Innovation

Microsoft's Xbox Live Vision Camera launched in the US on September 19th and in Europe and Australia on the 6th of October. The unit, which can is capable of 640x480 video at 30 frames per second, and can take 1.3 megapixel still photos, uses an SDK and gesture sensing technology licensed from computer camera technology company GestureTek, Inc..

The company has been working in the field for over 15 years now, and have previously licensed technology to companies like Hasbro and BMW, and as well as licensing Video Gesture Control patents for Sony's EyeToy unit. The technology is also used in the Vision Camera, with GestureTek releasing a library of VGC tools to Xbox developers in the hope that more sophisticated uses of gesture control will emerge in the future.

Gamasutra contacted Chief Technology Officer and company co-founder Francis MacDougall via email to ask about the camera, and GestureTek's hopes in regards to its usage.

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Sphinx6263d ago

...but I don't see gestrue control as becoming anything that big or fun.

Mikey_Gee6263d ago

The little write up on this page say 640x480 @ 30fps but in the actuall Q&A on the linked site it says 640x480 @ 60fps

So I will go with the builders of the camera and say 60 frames per second video.

I have this little camera and LOVE IT !!

Ravenator5296263d ago

There are a couple of things that need to be done to make the "vision camera" a "must have" accessory.

First off, Lower the price by taking out the headset! I don't need two of them! And most people who don't have one (because they purchased the core) can pick one up with a Live subscription package.

Second, Just give us 800 MS points rather than restricting the free game to Uno. Granted, I would have purchased Uno with the 800 MS points but what about the people who already have it? At least they could use the 800 points to purchase another game that is "vision enabled".

Third, MORE game support!

Now, I will tell you that I do not regret spending the $40. Using the camera to play Uno and see all of the idiots online is great! I haven't laughed so much playing a card game in years! We have even played drinking games while incorporating Uno and the vision cam. It's a lot of fun!

BUT the three things that I listed above would make this accessory a "MUST HAVE"! As of right now, its just plain fun.

Sphinx6263d ago

...as good of a job as MS has done with everything, they can definitely still do things better! Good ideas!

USMChardcharger6263d ago

one issue i see that no one has mentioned. it could bring in a gamer that could not play before.

individuals that are impaired in some way.

it says in the article that the head could be used as the center of control.

I hope, for individuals in this sitiuation, that game developers see this as away for them to play.

There is a lot of young men and women in the military for example that play games that are returning home with damage that leaves them unable to do so.

power of Green 6263d ago

There selling out despite what you think will make it worth buying. Not being hard on you.

Ravenator5296263d ago

Its not selling out around here!? Only one store didn't have them when I called and it was because they only received 3 to begin with. My local Circuit City had at least 10 of them on the shelf. And BTW I purchased mine last week the day after Totem Ball was released. So they had been sitting around for a while.

My point is that IMO it isn't a "must have" item.

Not to say it isn't fun or "worth" the money.

But by no means would I consider it a "must have" accesssory for the 360.


joemutt6263d ago

Sold out in two days, and the last one was actually stolen!! Guy just took off, guess he really wanted that camera.

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The 7 Best Xbox 360 Games - Console Exclusives Win the Day

The Xbox 360 was a fantastic console in its day with some truly classic titles, but what are the seven best games for the console?

DrDoomer1d 12h ago

I'm pretty used to these lists being bad, but this one is particularly s#ite.

raWfodog1d 4h ago

I think Lost Odyssey and Blue Dragon should have been added to the list.

BrainSyphoned1d 11h ago

I'll go with,
Lost Odyssey, Blue Dragon, Culdcept Saga, Shadow Complex, Ace Combat 6 with the flight stick,A Kingdom for Keflings, A World of Keflings.
Bonus Kinect Games: Happy Action Theater and Sesame Street.
*Skyrim was so bad on PS3 that it almost deserves to be #1*

Husker42c1d 8h ago

I really loved Shadow Complex.

P_Bomb1d 2h ago

Ah yes, Shadow Complex! Good indies back in the day. Summer of Arcade. I enjoyed Trials Evolution as well.

DeusFever1d 10h ago (Edited 1d 10h ago )

Was this made by a.i.? No human being would put Shadowrun, Fable III, and Splinter Cell: Conviction into a list of the 7 best Xbox 360 games.

Abnor_Mal1d 9h ago (Edited 1d 9h ago )

Would love to play Ace Combat6 on PlayStation, but Xbox decided to buy exclusivity and keep it off a competing platform.

The only mainline game I never played except for one level at a friends place. Game sold less than any other in the series if I remember correctly.

darthv7221h ago

360 had Namco hitters AC6 and RR6... both quality titles. You should at least bust out the 360 for AC6 if you can score the flight stick. Its great.

Hofstaderman1d 3h ago

When the current gen XBOX offering is so lacking people need to refer to games released two generations back....

Profchaos13h ago(Edited 13h ago)

It's a nostalgia peice same reason we get thousands of YouTube videos on sega genisis. Something people have fond memories for but the era is long gone.

It's xboxs golden year imo it was their genisis years the time where they stuck it to the market leaders Sony.

BehindTheRows10h ago

They stuck nothing. Sony screwed themselves giving Xbox an opening. They would have gotten the usual smack down if the PS3 had launched at $399 and was easier to develop for.

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Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo Comes to Street Fighter 6

The classic puzzle game, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, is now playable in Street Fighter 6's Game Centre, along with other new additions.

Babadook71d 6h ago (Edited 1d 6h ago )

I loved this on PS1. I also bought the HD remaster.


Left 4 Dead Writer Explains The Drawbacks Of Releasing Games In Early Access

He wants to launch all his projects initially through close beta.