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Kinect algorithm updated by Microsoft to better detect seated players

Worried that Kinect won't work when you're not standing directly in front of it, despite the assurances given by developers? Worry not -- Eurogamer has heard that Microsoft has changed the configuration on the body recognition system, switching a node on the body model from the base of the spine to...

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Because two strange new forms of input just weren't enough

Not content with resting on their sensory laurels, Nintendo decided to just go ahead and make another bizarre form of input (since it seems to be working so well). The upcoming DS title Slide Adventure: Mag Kid (which could use a better marketing team) will feature a "slide sensor" that fits in th...

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COBRAAAA sensor bar stand

Oh, how the mighty have fallen! Cobra Command, the once-feared terror outfit that brought nations to their knees, has all but abandoned its plans of total world domination, favoring the sales of cheap Wii accessories in their stead. Gone are the days of Weather Dominators, Synthoids, and dozens of o...

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The pen is mightier than the sensor bar

Having already made a name for himself with system mods for the Wii like the internal GameCube memory card and the internal Wavebird receiver, hardware hacker foobar2k shifted his attention to the Wii remote for his latest creation: a USB Wii sensor bar. There have been other homemade USB Wii sensor...

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Lasabirdie: Wii Golf for the Super Famicom

Wii Sports might have been Nintendo's most successful attempt at getting us to play golf in our living rooms by swinging an imagined club, but it certainly wasn't the company's first try. Tinkering with the idea back in 1995, Nintendo worked with Japanese electronics giant Ricoh to release Lasabirdi...

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Even simpler DIY "sensor bar"

Why go to all that trouble of building your own sensor bar when instead you can just stick a few candles on your television? That's right, the Wii sensor bar has been rendered completely unnecessary since intrepid gamers have begun replacing it with odd candles from around the house. Our masters ove...

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Today's hottest game video: A candle in the Wii

Today's hottest game video uses a low-tech wax solution to replace the Wii sensor bar. In a darkened room, light two candles (Tommy by the Who optional), and you've got an instant Wii sensor bar replacement. Simple infrared science at work, folks. You can also replace the Wii console with a block of...

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TV remotes demystify Wii sensor bar

It seems that the Wii's sensor bar isn't entirely necessary to use the Wii remote's pointer functionality. An intrepid Wii user has posted an online video showing intermittent pointer reception using two TV remote controls in place of the sensor bar. Apparently the Wii sensor bar is actually a trans...

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Nintendo: sunlight is no big deal

Do you remember our earlier story where a NYC Event attendee claimed that sunlight interfered with the console? Turns out, sunlight isn't that big of a deal. 1UP recently asked Nintendo about the issue and received the following statement from a company representative, who was not named: "Our testi...

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Sunlight messing with gameplay?

Over at the Nintendo NSider forums, a poster documented their time with the Wii during the NYC event. Yes, late coverage, but it poses an interesting scenario all the same. Turns out, the sunlight affected gameplay for this poster during the event, affected gameplay for the worse. To quote: "We kno...

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