Microsoft ceases production of the Kinect

Microsoft has been slowly chipping away at the Kinect’s usefulness and features across its platforms, yet today’s news still comes as something of a shock. The company announced today to Co.Design that manufacturing for the motion sensor input device has been shut down.

That’s not to say that the Kinect was a failure in and of itself. The technology was revolutionary; the standalone product, however, didn’t take off the way Microsoft had hoped. According to Co.Design, Microsoft has sold around 35 million Kinects since 2010. The device got a boost when it was coupled with the Xbox One at launch, but Microsoft was forced to to introduce a version of the console without the camera because of price considerations and lagging sales.

The Kinect’s technology will live on in various forms, including, surprisingly, in the iPhone X. Apple acquired PrimeSense, the Israeli company that created the 3D tech in the original version of the Kinect, back in 2013. The iPhone X will use PrimeSense’s algorithms in the depth-sensing camera’s Face ID system. Additionally, Microsoft is also working on the Hololens, which was developed by Kinect creator Alex Kipman. It’s an AR headset that uses a Kinect sensor.

Via: The Verge

Source: Co.Design

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GarageBand on iOS is now a more capable music production suite

Apple’s GarageBand is a good place to get started with recording, but it’s useful for more advanced skill levels as well. The company just revealed an update to the iOS version of the app that gives the software a few more tools for tracking on the go. First, the powerful Alchemy synthesizer from Apple’s pro-grade Logic software is now available as an instrument in the mobile version of GarageBand. It includes over 150 patches capable of producing sounds for a range of genres.

Inside the app, Apple has tweaked the sound browser to make it easier to find the so-called Touch Instruments you want to use on a project. The company made the recording process easier as well, thanks to a new Multi-Take feature. Just like in a studio, you can use the tool to capture multiple takes before auditioning and switching between them to see which one works best.

There’s also an updated audio recorder that allows you to employ vocal effects with a single tap. A few of the widely used options are available here, including pitch correction, distortion and delay. More advanced users can expect some new audio processing tools as well. Those include a graphic EQ that handles sound adjustments with the swipe of a finger and the ability to use third-party Audio Unit plug-ins for even more options.

GarageBand for iOS version 2.2 is a free update for anyone with a new iOS device. If you’re still rocking an older iPhone or iPad, you can download the app from the App Store for $ 5.

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