The Microsoft Kinect is now out, but before you rush out to go and purchase it, make sure you have enough room in your home. This guide will walk you through the set up and requirements needed to enjoy Kinect in your home.
The camera is a very sophisticated piece of equipment. It sports 3 cameras, 1 for RGB and the other 2 to provide depth information. The Kinect also has 4 microphones built in that track ambient noise in your room, noise from your TV and some to track and monitor what you are saying. Much has been said about what the Kinect can do but what are the basic requirements to be able to get the most from it?
There are a few requirements tat must be met in order for you to enjoy Kinect. Lets start with the basics. You will need:
• Microsoft Xbox 360 console (Either old or the new S)
• Microsoft Kinect Unit
• 6ft Minimum for one player games
• 8ft Minimum for two player games
• Mounting kit, either for the wall or the TV
The 6ft Rule
I will start off this next paragraph with a warning. If you do not have at least 6ft between where the sensor will be and where you will be standing, do not buy Kinect. Quite simply it will not work unless there is 6ft of space. The sensor has to be able to track your entire body to be able to work correctly. If it cannot see all of you it will not work, as it will not be able to track your range of motions. If you do have 6ft of space, do not expect to be playing any 2 player games, you have to have a minimum of 8ft between yourself and the sensor. If you still want to try it to see if it works just make sure you keep hold of the receipt!
Time to Calibrate
Once you have everything set up and everything is connected you are ready to go. Power on the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Kinect comes to life. You will be prompted to install an update to your Xbox 360 and it will take about 3 or 4 minutes to install. When that is done it is time to calibrate your new Kinect.
Kinect will scan your floor so that it can map out the floor. It sends out invisible beams and it measures how long it takes for the signal to bounce back to the unit as you move around! That’s how the sensor measures your movements. Be sure that your floor is clean and free of clothes or toys and coffee tables, yes you have to move your coffee table or any other furniture out of the way or the sensors will not be able to scan the floor.
Shhh Be Quiet
Once it has calibrated the depth cameras it will ask you to wave at the Kinect so that it can calibrate the motion sensor. It will them ask you to be very quiet as it measures the ambient noise in your room. Ambient noise can be anything from the AC running, or the fan spinning, it will also measure sound from your TV. Once it has measured the ambient noise it will know what to expect while it is in use, it will then be able to identify your voice much easier. This whole process takes about 5 minutes to complete, once it is done you are almost ready to go!
Can I see some I.D?
The last thing to do is to get the Kinect to recognize you. This is a very cool feature that Microsoft has implemented. Kinect is able to match each user to their own profile on the Xbox 360, all you have to do is walk in front of the camera, and it will tell who you are by looking at your height and body shape.
No doubt the Kinect is an awesome piece of technology that in time will revolutionize the way we play games and interact with out TV’s and media. Just be sure you can meet the minimum requirements before splashing out $149, also be prepared to spend an extra $39 on a mount. If you are okay with this, and have the space you will have an amazing time playing the games on the Kinect! I love it and so does the rest of the family!