Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Aug 2013 12:58 UTC
Games Xbox chief product officer Marc Whitten:

That said, like online, the console will still function if Kinect isn’t plugged in, although you won’t be able to use any feature or experience that explicitly uses the sensor.

The Xbox One used to require Kinect. Now it doesn't. Good move, obviously, but it does raise the question: whatever the hell was this company thinking? Microsoft really seems to have lost all its marbles - Windows 8, Windows Phone, and now Xbox One. Messy, messy, messy.

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ronaldst
Member since:
2005-06-29

About the future? I'd love to have my PC automatically log me in though my webcam. To have my PC remind me to sit better at my desk.

We're at Kinect 1.0, this is why it still sucks.

The only 2 faults I have with it is why does it need to have 2 versions (one for XBox and one for PC) and why is it humongous? There are phones/tablets waiting for such a device.

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ssokolow Member since:
2010-01-21

About the future? I'd love to have my PC automatically log me in though my webcam. To have my PC remind me to sit better at my desk.


If you're on Linux, there's already a plugin that'll do the first of those things using any old webcam:

https://code.google.com/p/pam-face-authentication/

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aliquis Member since:
2005-07-23

I've read how some solution for it was tricked by a simple photo.

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kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

About the future? I'd love to have my PC automatically log me in though my webcam.


Would you love having your PC preventing you from logging in without a webcam?

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Wafflez Member since:
2011-06-26

Well obviously there would be good old password fallback, it just logins and wakes up the second you sit on your chair. Which is nice.

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BallmerKnowsBest Member since:
2008-06-02

"About the future? I'd love to have my PC automatically log me in though my webcam.


Would you love having your PC preventing you from logging in without a webcam?
"

Yes, that's a reasonable assumption, given that existing computers with smart card readers/fingerprint scanners don't offer ANY other way to login... oh, wait.

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Kivada Member since:
2010-07-07

About the future? I'd love to have my PC automatically log me in though my webcam.



That sounds like the future of getting your account broken into. Don't want your kids watching your porn? all it'll take it them snapping your picture on their tablet and holding said tablet in front of the webcam and now they are in your account spanking it.

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Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

That sounds like the future of getting your account broken into. Don't want your kids watching your porn? all it'll take it them snapping your picture on their tablet and holding said tablet in front of the webcam and now they are in your account spanking it.


First, ew. No need to be so graphic.

Second, the Kinect at least does 3d mapping, so it can tell the difference between a face and a picture of a face.

Now, if your kid takes up sculpture, be wary.

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