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Uniting

There is an interesting phenomena occurring right now, under your very noses and among your peers, that you might or might not be privy to or aware of. However, it is very much so happening. It is most exemplified within the field of popular technology, but make no mistake, it is one that can be found anywhere and is usually found everywhere. It is a constant debunking of the myth of universal acclaim, the pure and simple fact that nothing can be without fault, nothing can completely, 100-percent well-received. Dissenting opinions will always be present, this is a pure fact. However, if you take them for what they are (and provided that they are not said in mean spirits), criticism can and often does lead to the betterment of the individual. You will never encounter something that is universally reviled or universally celebrated. Usually.

Of course, there always seems to be something that can take your previous definitions and concepts and turn them on their heads. There seems to be one singular thing that, when brought up in common conversation, elicits emotions that vary between derision and utter, palpable contempt. Of course, it was a prominent feature of the technology world, and has since left its impact on technological and popular culture alike. What, you ask, could this mysterious “thing” be? Well, it is a rather simple answer: Clippy. Yes, that pesky little cartoon paperclip that was featured in earlier editions of Microsoft Word is generally a reviled subject. However, a few game developers are now giving him his own title. Find more information at Design Taxi.


Rewind: Kinect

A great deal of new technologies can be overwhelming at first glance. Yes, we live in a wonderful world that has seen humans connect to one another in ways never before imagined. Distance is no longer a matter that hinders contact and collaboration. Our interactive experiences, by way of both entertainment and industry, are getting more sophisticated by the minute. It seems that there is nothing that is out of our grasp, what with a little hard work, dedication, and imagination. One of the more exciting examples of a recent technological leap, is the Xbox 360’s Kinect controller. The first hands-free gaming experience, the system is limited only by your own ingenuity. The center of a great deal of hype, the Kinect is said to be the leader of a new revolution in gaming.

What is the Kinect? It is a new system for controlling video games inspired by the Nintendo Wii’s wireless controller. The Kinect itself is a webcam-style peripheral for the 360 that captures gamers’ physical movements, interprets them, and displays this information via a physical avatar. It is, essentially, a completely hands-free, controller-free gaming experience. The Kinect responds to not only physical movements but also voice commands and features voice recognition software. A select number of titles are currently available that are exclusive to the Kinect system, but this list will undoubtedly grow as the system gains prominence. There is even talk of the Kinect technology having PC support by the time Windows 8 is released to the market.