Kinect for Media Center released

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Controlling Windows Media Center from the sofa without a remote is something that just sound cool so using Kinect sounds a really good idea. Last year there was a beta for Kinect for Media Center and now thanks to the commercial released of Kinect for Windows the final version is out.

With the Kinect you can use hand gestures and voice commands to control Windows Media Center and then control the addins that run on it including Netflix, My Movies and Media Browser. The developer says that that the addin has been designed so that audio coming from a TV show or music can’t trigger a voice command and that there are lots of configuration settings so you can get it working the best way for you.

The addin costs $6.99 and you need a Kinect for Windows (the Xbox 360 version is not supported but may work). I am going to give it a try on the 360 version and will report back on how well it works. Head over to the developers site for details and the download links

Here are some of the features:

 

Functionality

Gestures

  • Hand Swipe Left, Right, Up, Down
    • Moves the selection in Media Center based on velocity of gesture.
  • Hand Swipe then Hold
    • Moves the selection in Media Center and repeats the swipe continuously until you release the Hold.
  • Hand Tap
    • ‘Ok’ in Media Center.
  • Hand Zoom (Hands moving away from each other)
    • ‘Ok’ in Media Center.
  • Hand Pinch (Hands moving closer to each other)
    • ‘Back’ in Media Center.
  • Dominant Hand Hold
    • ‘Play’.
  • Secondary Hand Hold
    • ‘Stop’.
  • Wave
    • Signals that you are in control of the gestures, if multiple people are in view.

Voice Commands

General:

  • ‘Stop gestures’
    • Temporarily stops watching for Gesture Commands.
  • ‘Start gestures’
    • Starts watching for Gesture Commands again.
  • ‘Stop voice’
    • Temporarily stops listening for Voice Commands.
  • ‘Start voice’
    • Starts listening for Voice Commands again.

Basic Media Center:

  • Ok, Enter, Select
    • ‘enter’ key
  • Up, Down, Left, Right, Back
  • Home, Start
    • Media Center home page
  • Play, Stop, Next, Previous, Pause
  • Info, Record

Navigation:

  • ‘Go to music,’ ‘Go to my music’
  • ‘Go to movies’, ‘Go to my movies’, ‘Go to movie library’
    • Launches ‘MyMovies 4′, ‘MyMovies 3′, the built in Movie Library, or ‘Media Browser’, depending on your configuation.
  • ‘Go to pictures’, ‘Go to my pictures’
  • ‘Go to videos’, ‘Go to my videos’
  • ‘Go to Netflix’
    • Launches Netflix add-in if installed.
  • ‘Go to Media Browser’
    • Launches Media Browser add-in if installed.
  • ‘Go to Now Playing’
  • ‘Go to weather’, ‘Go to HeatWave’
    • Launches HeatWave add-in if installed.

Media:

  • ‘Play Artist …’
  • ‘Queue Artist…’
  • ‘Play Album…’
  • ‘Queue Album …’
  • ‘Play Playlist …’

Requirements

Kinect for Media Center has the following requirements:

Hardware

  • Microsoft ‘Kinect for Windows’ Sensor
    • the ‘Kinect for 360′ sensor is not supported
  • Computer with a dual-core, 2.66-GHz or faster processor
  • 2-GB RAM (4-GB RAM recommended)

Ian Dixon

Founder of The Digital Lifestyle.com and host of The Digital Lifestyle Show. Started podcasting in 2005, Windows Entertainment and Connected Home MVP. Lover of gadgets from the Raspberry Pi to the iPad, Android to Windows 8. Also a massive motor racing fan