‘XBox KINECT Voice’ Commands not changeable

For a long time, I thought ‘KINECT’ is ok.
But in the beginning when ‘KINECT’ came out I bought one, and stumbled on a problem right away.
The Dutch language is not supported by KINECT Voice commands.
XBox 360 say’s, if you want to use it? You need to change your language and locale country.
Well when you do this, and your account is not a English account, you still get the language of the locale country where you are in. Why?
BECAUSE (lol), Your XBox LIVE account checks your IP address and your locale country where you are in, and gives you that language.
What is the point than, to tell your XBox to use UK language and UK country, when your XBox LIVE account is a not UK account.

This problem occures with several languages, why not give every language the choice to choose between your own language and UK.


I’ve been a Project Manager for a long time, and the last decade IT tries to retire me, because I’m to old and to expensive. But the I still stumble on issues/problems where other won’t think about.


Innovation to the future, SF is real.

I find innovation very important, because it will change our lives in how we living it nowhere days.

A lot of Science Fiction things where, things we were dreaming of but did not know how to do it.

Science was already aware that the live we are living, could be changed in our benefit. So, that we doesn’t need money to stay alive. Money today is so important, that people will kill for it to stay alive. What if science already could change this to a better world?

Just like the electric car, why is it that it takes a lot of time before we can use it instead of the usual car? They will say “it takes time to develop and implement it” Yeah right. I’m a Project Manager and saw how fast things can be created and implemented.

We can do things different and better, that shows companies like Microsoft. Don’t get me wrong, I’m Microsoft minded because my job is Project Manager or Technical Consultant in IT. So I’m bound to IT and the innovations in IT. At this moment there is no other company what has put a lot of money in innovations like Microsoft did. Will Microsoft will be our ‘Sky NET’? What I know there must be a leading person/company who has ideas no one else was thinking about. Like Newton, Pythagoras, Einstein, Bell and many others. What is Bill Gates, Steve Balmer, Steve Jobs and others, different than the old day inventors or better ‘Innovators’? What an Innovator needs is Vision, and for that all these persons and others I did not mention, they have a Vision to change the way we are doing things. Just like ‘IT’ is. IT is changing/automates the things we do every day, for the whole year or even for the rest of our lives.

Let’s take a look at innovation according to Microsoft.

This was posted in 2009 and has a future for 2019

Quote: Microsoft decides to imagine the future, it never fails to impress. Not only do you have some of the smartest people envisioning what’s possible….Those with a keen eye and a good memory might recognize a few familiar concepts in this video already shown in earlier videos of the envisioning series, for example the future of personal health, having said that, I believe there’s still a couple of new never-before-seen concepts sliced.

Quote: ‘Watch how future technology will help people make better use of their time, focus their attention, and strengthen relationships while getting things done at work, home, and on the go. (Release: 2011)’


I want to take a look, how science can enhance our ways of doing things. Microsoft KINECT opens new ways in Health Care and our use of Digital Systems.

Kinect used to diagnose depression with 90 percent accuracy


Stefan Scherer and a team of computer scientists, working out of the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies, have created SimSensei and MultiSense to assess a patient’s psychological state without need of a real person.

SimSensei is a virtual psychologist that appears on-screen and asks the patient numerous questions about how they feel. While that is going on the Kinect sensor is trained on the patient’s face.

The face tracking software Kinect uses in conjunction with SimSensei is called MultiSense. It is able to track and analyze “facial expressions, body posture, acoustic features, linguistic patterns, and higher-level behavior descriptors” all in real time using computer vision algorithms. If you fidget or your attention wanders, MultiSense knows and records your behavior as such based on your reactions and its programmed knowledge of psychology.


Combining the two systems, it’s possible to detect psychological distress by analyzing the data collected. The accuracy of detecting whether someone is depressed is thought to be as high as 90 percent. Considering the system is completely automated, it holds the promise of being able to assess more patients for treatment in a shorter timeframe, and without needing the presence of a trained healthcare worker. It’s also likely going to save money and be more accurate than the current assessment method that relies on a number of yes/no only questions and no non-verbal behavior monitoring.’

Quote: ‘The USC Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) is a leader in basic research and advanced technology development of virtual humans who think and behave like real people. ICT brings together experts in clinical psychology, cognitive science, computer vision, speech processing and artificial intelligence. This video shows two interactive technologies recently developed for multimodal perception and healthcare support:

Multisense automatically tracks and analyzes in real-time facial expressions, body posture, acoustic features, linguistic patterns and higher-level behavior descriptors (e.g. attention, fidgeting). From these signals and behaviors, indicators of psychological distress are inferred to inform directly the healthcare provider or the virtual human.

SimSensei is a virtual human platform specifically designed for healthcare support and is based on the 10+ years of expertise at ICT with virtual human research and development. The platform enables an engaging face-to-face interaction where the virtual human automatically reacts to the perceived user state and intent, through its own speech and gestures.

Please note that due to privacy concerns, the people shown in this video are actors. SimSensei is not designed for therapy or medical diagnosis, but is intended as a support tool for clinicians and healthcare providers.

For more information, please contact directly the Principal Investigators of this project: Louis-Philippe Morency (morency@ict.usc.edu) Albert (Skip) Rizzo (rizzo@ict.usc.edu)’

The link to the whole story: http://www.geek.com/science/kinect-used-to-diagnose-depression-with-90-percent-accuracy-1550915/

What if we bring this towards classrooms where we teach our children?

Kinect in education: Bring lessons to life with gesture-based learning

Quote: ‘Easy to use and instantly fun, Kinect gets students’ whole body—and attention—into learning fun. Students can use their arms as the hands on a clock to form the correct time, or play a game where they read “red” on the screen then vigorously pop all the red balloons. Students can even collaborate on projects using avatars.’

“When I used Kinect in my Algebra class, students began asking questions that went far beyond the curriculum requirements. This was a huge success, as it got students thinking about applying the content in a real-world context.”

— Johnny Kissko, Secondary Math Teacher, Frenship High School, Texas

The link to the whole story: http://www.microsoft.com/education/en-us/products/Pages/kinect.aspx

Could Your Next Doctor’s Visit Be On The Kinect?

Telemedicine–remote consultation with a doctor through technology–is the way of the future. Live in a rural area? Need to see a specialist? Just beam yourself to a doctor’s office and get a scrip written without leaving your home. Problem is, a video call isn’t always enough: the doctor needs to actually interact with the patient, and not many people have telemedicine infrastructure built into their homes. One thing millions of homes do have, though, is a Kinect, Microsoft’s motion-sensitive Xbox 360 and PC accessory.

In a new study published in the International Journal of Electronic Finance, University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor Janet Bailey and Microsoft’s Bradley Jensen spell out some of the financial pros of using the PC version of Kinect, which came out early last year. Whereas a professional telemedicine machine can cost thousands of dollars, a Kinect, PC, and the right Windows software could be enough for a consultation, or enough to augment the more expensive systems, with a pricetag in the hundreds. Unlike some other systems, a Kinect can also be used in areas with low bandwidth or inconsistent internet connections.

How, exactly, doctors will use the Kinect is an open question, but we’ve already seen some ideas. A University of Minnesota team has been using the Kinect to diagnose autism in children, and some hospitals have started using the accessory for imaging in surgery. Microsoft, for its part, has laid out some of the gadget’s benefits: It’s an intuitive device, meaning little to no training is involved; it offers speech and annotation options; and, most importantly, it actually adjusts to movements, putting a doctor in a room instead of turning him or her into a medical talking head.’

The link to the whole story: http://www.popsci.com/gadgets/article/2013-02/researchers-want-your-next-doctors-visit-be-kinect

What about when we use the new ‘KINECT’ from XBox ONE?

Quote: “The smarter, more sophisticated sensor can process a whopping 2GB of data per second and track up to six skeletons at once. Microsoft’s much-hyped Time-of-Flight technology also measures the time it takes photons to rebound off of a person or object.”
The KINECT can read Heart beat and Skeletons. Doctors and Health care are lining up to use this in Diagnose what is wrong with a patience. They can pin point directly some issues in patience.

What do you think about, Voice Command and Move commands, instead of using keyboards or mouse. Finally, we getting somewhere, in raising the level of live with Technology. We already have it for a long time, but now we getting somewhere, it’s no SF anymore. The days of Star Trek are coming. We already have the Data pad (Tablets), we are working on the Replicator (3D Printing), voice command and cameras (KINECT) are here, the days of pushing a button or keyboard are over. Voice recognition software is already for years in our midst. We don’t need to type something in but it’s still software you need to load first. When it’s getting integrated in our OS, that’s a different story.

What about the Google Glass, what about 4K? Technology what will change the future.

Why do we not use science to make our live a little bit better?

E3 2013 ‘Entertainment 3’

E3 2013 kicked off yesterday 10th June 2013.

I’m reviewing again the Microsoft side; in the future I will follow also Nintendo & Sony.

Microsoft started off with the new ‘Metal Gear Solid’ game for the XBox ONE

It looked amazing; we can aspect new things and amazing graphics with the Next Gen Game Consoles.

They also announced that the XBox ONE is not the replacement for the XBox 360. No not at all, they have been redesigning the XBox 360.


Microsoft also re-affirmed their long-term commitment to Xbox 360, showing off an entirely new design and details about a huge variety of new Xbox 360 titles slated for release within the next 12 months along with incredible special offers and free content. The style of the Xbox 360 looks like the Xbox ONE. We don’t know yet if the Xbox 360 will be upgraded with the new Processor (the 8 core processor)

What we thought that the Xbox ONE would replace the XBox 360, is not the case at all. They added The XBox ONE as a New Entertainment product to their hardware; this will be a great DUO. They opened the New and Next Generation of Entertainment with the XBox ONE. You can choose now between the XBox 360 and the XBox ONE. They could not lose the XBox 360 gamer at this point. Microsoft sold more than 76 million consoles worldwide. Along with the new appearance with a sleek and stylish design that aligns with the new Xbox One family. Microsoft also announced New games for Xbox 360, including the latest installment of one of the world’s most popular action games, “World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition,” a new exclusive Kinect title, “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood” and a free-to-download third-person action-role-playing game (RPG) “Ascend: Hand of Kul.”

 “Xbox 360 offers unrivaled value – with more great games, an Xbox Live community with 48 million members, and a compelling line-up of apps, sports, movies, TV and music,” Microsoft said “We’ve taken all we have learned these past eight years and engineered a new Xbox 360 console that is elegant and accessible to anyone.”

As a gesture of thanks to the millions of Xbox fans around the world for their passion and loyalty, Xbox announced that every Xbox Live Gold subscriber will receive two free Xbox 360 games per month until the release of Xbox One, starting with a pair of popular titles: “Halo 3” and “Assassin’s Creed II.” And to celebrate E3 in the month of June, Xbox Live Gold members will receive a free download of “Fable III.”
And there’s more – to add to the current 4,500 Xbox 360 titles, this year’s biggest blockbuster franchises will come to Xbox 360, including “Call of Duty®: Ghosts,” “Grand Theft Auto V,” “Battlefield 4™,” “Madden NFL 25,”  “Assassin’s Creed® IV: Black Flag,” “Watch Dogs™,” “Batman: Arkham Origins” and “Fable Anniversary.”

The redesigned Xbox 360 is available in the same value-packed editions for the same great prices as the existing console – $199.99 US estimated retail price (ERP) for the 4 GB console, $299.99 US ERP for the 250 GB edition and $299.99 US ERP for the 4 GB Kinect Bundle. Shipping today to retailers across the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and Ireland, the new Xbox 360 will continue to roll out across all Xbox regions over the coming months. Go towww.xbox.com to order yours.

Microsoft showed also especially for the Gamers, the New Games that will be launched for the XBox ONE.

One of my favorites: Halo 5 and Titan Fall.



These Games shows us the new way of playing, even with the other new Games like Dead Rising 3, the Witcher, Crimson Dragon, Mine craft, Killer Instinct, Forza 5, Metal Gear Solid, Battlefield 4 the Graphics and game plays are amazing. You even use your Mobile Windows Phone with Looking glass as an extension to your Game.







Or do you want to build your own Game, and share it so that others, who can add to your Game their ideas? Check out the following video of ‘Project Sharp’ already available on Windows 8.


Microsoft also announced they have put in for New Games 1 Billion US$ for the XBox. The leaders of Microsoft have been traveling all over the World to share their New Ideas for Entertainment and new collaborations add to their existing ones. With the coming of XBox ONE, you can hook up your Interactive TV Cable directly into the XBox ONE through the HDMI IN port. You can use and experience the XBox ONE way of watching TV, together with Internet information. Your TV becomes SMART with XBox ONE. This is what we see in TV land, TV’s getting smarter. Some choose for a Set top box connected to your TV. Now you can choose for one more the XBox ONE.

Through ‘Snap’ and ‘Favorites’ these will be available


This is the end of part one, because the E3 is still going on, we will add news in the coming days when the E3 will progress.

The last News Microsoft shared was the XBox ONE will cost $429 in the US and €499 in Europe

XBox Live (quoted from Microsoft)

With the launch of Xbox One, we have the opportunity to redefine our experience on Xbox Live. The innovation and changes coming this year is based on the feedback from our great community. Here’s a glimpse of what’s to come with the new Xbox Live service.



  • New Level of Cloud Integration: With our expansive Azure powered cloud backing Xbox Live, everything is more convenient and accessible.
    • All of your games and entertainment to be stored and saved on Xbox Live, so you can instantly access them anytime, from any Xbox One.
    • You do not have to wait for a system or application updates. Xbox One will always be up-to-date and ready for you – wherever you left off.
    • Developers can take advantage of the 300,000 servers backing Xbox Live when we launch this fall to build immersive worlds.
  • Expanded Achievements: The all-new achievements system for Xbox One is no longer confined to a single game. We want gamers to be rewarded for skill, participation and time-based challenges. Plus, developers can take advantage of the power of Xbox Live to continue to grow and expand their achievements over time allowing more opportunities for dedicated players to build up their score. And your hard-earned Gamerscore will carry over from Xbox 360.
  • Smart Match: We completely reengineered matchmaking for a new generation of gaming. Smart Match expands options for game creators to match players based on skill, language and now reputation. Best of all, you no longer have to wait in lobbies while a match is found. And asynchronous matchmaking means you can play a game, watch TV or listen to music while Smart Match finds your perfect match, then you can jump in instantly.
  • Social: Xbox Live on Xbox One brings you all new ways to record, edit, share and broadcast epic gaming moments directly on your TV, including:
    • Game DVR: Amp up your bragging rights with Game DVR by capturing your highlights. Gamers can also use Game DVR content to provide real-time help for friends.
    • Upload Studio: What better way to show off your greatest gaming moments than by adding a little flare. With the new Upload Studio you can add voice over, skins, slow motion and other awesome features to your recorded clips, then share them out and compare to your friends’ creations.*
    • Twitch: We are excited to announce that Twitch is coming to Xbox One as a built-in, experience, allowing you to easily broadcast your games in real-time or to take on an interactive spectator role leveraging chat functionality as you view content from multitudes of other streamers. With Twitch on Xbox One, any gamer can be a broadcaster.



  • Richer SmartGlass Experiences: Xbox SmartGlass for Xbox One allows you to turn your console on and off, adjust volume, manage your TV set-top box and Blu-ray, and integrates with Xbox One so you can search the programming guide without interrupting your current activity. Xbox SmartGlass also gives you full control over your game to start a game, launch multiplayer, view achievements, see real-time progress updates during gameplay, receive in-game tips, purchase Add-ons and more.
  • Xbox OneGuide: Now you can navigate and watch live TV without switching inputs. Your Xbox Live Gold membership includes access to the OneGuide, where you get TV and entertainment that’s tailored for you, discover what’s trending with the Xbox community, and use your voice to search by network or name. You can also always know when your friends are online and ready to play your favorite game, even when you’re watching TV.**
  • Conversational voice: We’ve completely reengineered Kinect to take full advantage of the new Xbox One architecture. The new Kinect is more precise, more responsive and more intuitive. And voice commands and controls are now more conversational, making it easier to find and enjoy your games and entertainment.

We listened, and we know you want even more out of your Xbox Live service. So I’m happy to share with you some great changes coming with Xbox One.

  • Transactions Using Local Currency: You told us you want the ability to purchase games, movies, apps and entertainment in local currency, so we are excited to announce that as part of the fall 2013 update, we are moving away from Microsoft Points. All transactions will now take place using local currency, also known as money!
  • Xbox Live Gold: We are bringing the Xbox Live Gold membership from Xbox 360 to Xbox One starting at the same $5 per month for a one-year membership, and now anyone in your home can access many Xbox Live Gold benefits on your Xbox One at no additional cost. Your primary Xbox Live Gold membership also travels with you to any Xbox One system. Xbox Live Gold offers a premium interactive entertainment service on Xbox One that spans across games, TV shows, movies, music, sports and more.
  • Skype: Skype for Xbox One changes the way you keep in touch with friends on your TV. With your Xbox Live Gold membership:
    • You will get Skype group video calling, currently a Skype Premium experience. No matter where your friends and family are, you can bring up to four of them together on your TV from the comfort of your living room. And, if you use Skype on either a Windows or Mac, you’ll benefit from group video calls when you sign into Skype there too.
  • Reputation: Your new Xbox Live Reputation plays a prominent and valuable role rewarding healthy participation while reducing troublemakers and cheaters. A unified system across Xbox Live and all of your games allows for you to have much more control over who you play with while giving you new and exciting ways to get even move involved in your community.

Xbox 360

  • Games with Gold: Beginning in July, we will release two free games per month to Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox 360. This includes favorites like “Halo 3” and “Assassin’s Creed II.” And it starts right now, with the download of “Fable III,” yours to keep on Xbox 360.

As a system, Xbox One offers a completely new architecture, creating the most social, immersive and connected experience yet. And as a service, Xbox Live has never been stronger.

Launching in initial markets around the world November 2013 and continuing to launch in additional regions over the following months, Xbox One will be available starting at $499 (MSRP). To reserve your Xbox One systems today, visit www.xbox.com for participating retailers.

“Games with Gold” free games offer available 6/10/13 – 12/31/13 for qualifying paid Gold members only. Xbox 360 games (selected by Xbox) available for free download from Marketplace only during specified half-month window; available games may vary by country. Some titles may only be available for download by account holders 18+. Kinect and/or hard drive required for some games. See www.xbox.com/live

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