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Five impressive Kinect hacks

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Not even a month into it’s life and the Kinect is already proving to be an exciting new device for makers, designers, and DIY gamers. After electronics supplier Adafruit Technologies placed a $3000 bounty on cracking the device and Héctor Martin claimed the prize, the Internet has been abuzz with demonstrations that illustrate the device’s potential. Though the best is certainly yet to come, we’ve compiled a list of the 5 hacks that most piqued our interest.


Personal robotics designers Willow Garage (featured video) seem to be quickly developing ways in which the Kinect can move from games to more altruistic endeavors. A robotic appendage that mimics the user’s own movements, built on open-source software and available to the general public could revolutionize the home robotics industry.

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German software developers can remove objects from live video — Future Stalins will alter recorded history en vivo

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We live in the Future. It’s official. First, someone makes Marty McFly shoes. Then we learn that Google has developed fully-operational autonomous cars. And now, a German software team has released video showing how they can remove objects from live video. The software achieves this by reducing the quality of the image, removing the object, and then increasing the quality again — all within 40 milliseconds.

I mean, seriously. This isn’t that far away from flying cars. Or laser blasters.

In fact, I think I’d prefer laser blasters. Producers of live television will find a multitude of applications for this technology, I’m sure. But for rest of us, is it going to anything more than increase our distrust of television and video sources?

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The Puertori.co Dilemma

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A few months ago, my cousin and I were up late one night in his Arlington, Va., apartment. He was on Reddit.com.  I was on morewords.com. I was searching for every word combination that ended in ‘co’ because earlier that day my brother had told me that the .co domain registry was open for business. […]

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Low tide — The end of Google Wave — Plus a short work of fiction!

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The Google Wave experiment has dried up.

Today on the official Google blog the company announced that “Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked.” As a result, Google will no longer develop “Wave as a standalone product, but we will maintain the site at least through the end of the year and extend the technology for use in other Google projects.”

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IPhone 4 video test

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A few days ago I visited the Onondaga Lake Skate Park in Liverpool, N.Y., to research a skateboard story for the local newspaper. Most of the skaters there were around 12-years-old. Some had braces, all of them had scars.

I spent a couple hours chatting with some local skateboarders and shooting some video with my new iPhone 4.

The entire experience was sublime. The iPhone 4′s HD video capture is scarily easy to use. All I had to do was select the “Camera” icon, switch to video mode and turn the unit sideways.

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Twitter mood map

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As far as I can tell the average person on Twitter is a severe manic depressive with an extreme penchant for oversharing:

@deathdoublerainbow: OMG. I can’t find my shoes. Rage. I’m going to kill myself. #barefoot
@deathdoublerainbow: Hell yeah. Found shoes. Greatest day ever! #wearingshoes
@deathdoublerainbow: Shoes aren’t going to tie themselves. Lazy shoes. #overworked
@deathdoublerainbow: It’s raining and I don’t have any boots. Damnit! Thanks a lot Obama. #socialistshoecare

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Prostitution. Not funny.

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Recently a bit of controversy erupted over a video interview Handshake did with Jonathan Crowley. The video was originally posted on this site almost two weeks ago and Gizmodo picked it up on Tuesday.

The first part of the video was supposed to be a tongue-and-cheek foursquare application pitch. However, it seems Jonathan Crowley and the people at foursquare were concerned the joke about a hooker application was not much of a joke at all.

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Feds Seize Domain Names

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The talk around the Internet water cooler today has been about the U.S. government’s battle with websites that illegally pirate movies and videos. Yesterday, a press release from the U.S. attorney for the southern district of New York’s office detailing the seizure of seven websites –six that stream illegal video and one site which stores the content.

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Cloud Procrastination

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Cloud computing isn’t a new concept, but it is newish technology. It’s essentially the idea of using online resources and software from a number of locations.

Think of it like an advanced version of three way calling—many users, mutual devices, shared information. With that in mind, and if cloud computing is really the way of the future, here are three things you could be doing while cloud computing. Well if you’re bored with work/school, then here are a couple ways to make this phenomena work to your advantage.

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New Microsoft Store, No New Excitement

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The Microsoft – Apple rivalry has been going on since the start of time. Maybe not, but since Apple started posing a serious threat to Microsoft’s profits. With last week’s introduction of the iPhone 4 (sans the technical issues)Microsoft came out with something new of its own. Here’s Handshake’s comparison of the two.

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