Prior to its launch, Kinect was mostly viewed as a gaming peripheral. But Microsoft's answer to comparable motion-gaming products from rivals Sony and Nintendo has turned out to be much, much more. Hackers are wallowing in the world of endless possibilities unleashed by the release of open source Kinect drivers. The latest hack has the Kinect perched atop a quadrocopter so it can lend its services as a 3D radar. The Ascending Technologies Pelican UAV uses the data from the sensor to fly autonomously through predefined waypoints while avoiding obstacles. The imaginative brain matter behind this hack belongs to a group of researchers at the Hybrid Systems Laboratory at UC Berkeley.
It seems like all the motion gaming news as of late has been about the Xbox Kinect system. Perhaps they were feeling left out, but Sony jumped into the middle of everything today by announcing they have shipped 4.1 million Move devices. What they left out, is how many of those have actually sold. Given the notable success of the Kinect (2.5 million sales so far), it might have been better if Sony hadn't said anything at all.
Since they chose to clue us in on the number of Move controllers they made, the uncomfortable issue of sales was bound to come up quickly. Sure enough, NPD is estimating that only about 500,000 Sony Move controllers have been sold thus far. That means a huge glut of motion controllers is sitting on shelves and in warehouses going into the holiday season.
We may be heading for a price drop is the Move doesn't start, *ahem*… moving. The Move bundle is going for $100 most places, but it only includes the camera, a game, and a single wand. Have you seen the Move languishing on your local store shelves?