Next XBOX controls your TV/cable box with Kinect

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  1. j_garcia Audioholic Jedi

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    Kind of interesting.

    Report: The Next Xbox Controls Your TV and Cable Box—with Kinect
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    Interesting, but overall sounds like a bad idea to me. I'm not convinced that waving at my TV to perform actions is the best way to go about things. I also worry about reliability, given that the 360 had...issues... and microsoft is going with an x86 chip that is likely to be higher power (and therefore higher heat), the idea of my xbox being on the entire time I'm watching Tv does not sound appealing.
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    Agree, but says you will most likely be able to use the standard controllers too. Yes, the biggest thing they said there is the whole "always on" aspect due to the RROD/heat issues some models experienced - that seems like a huge downside. No doubt they will have to make sure these units can handle being on constantly. Roku is also "always on" and I don't like that, so I unplug it when not in use. There's no way I'd want a console on constantly, despite the fact that I typically stream via my PS3, but when I am done watching, it is off too.
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    I don't like the idea at all. Why take something that works, the remote control, and make it run through a game console so you can sit there waving your arms at the camera until you get frustrated enough to go and pick up the remote.

    I use Kinect for my kids and wife, and then unplug it from my console. More distraction than what it is worth.
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    I find it funny that the two guys anti-gestures have turntables. Just saying.
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    I have a turntable not an 8 track deck! Right tool for the right job.

    I'm just saying.
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    Hahahaha, and a media server that I use 98% of the time.
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    I have a couple of VDI servers that I use to host Ubuntu MediaTomb Server, and an Itunes/Picasa server that I stream to
    devices in the house. But I haven't added it to my equipment list.

    I work in IT and I see people all the time trying to reinvent something that isn't broke,
    just to make a buck and sell something, along with support. I'd just about guarantee
    that if you go to the homes of the Kinect engineers, they'll have a remote control
    for controlling cable.

    I can just imagine trying to use Kinect to activate OnDemand or start my DVR. You
    know you'd throw the thing in the garbage.

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