Xbox 360 Kinect Zoom
Looking at the promises and apect of pros and cons
Well the Kinect is obviously something we are all interested in since this goes with the Kinect. Unfortunately I was too hasty and wanted one so bad that I bought it and found out I was in for a major redo of my play space so just barely squeak in which is not fun, thankfully someone out there has much more imagination that I to fix this problem and make it 100% more accessible to XBOX users.
From what I have found and dug up this is how I am stacking the pros and cons as I see them.
PROS: [All] of the Kinect abilities now cut down to an optimal distance of 2-5 ft instead of the out of the box 5-10 ft to get best performance.
[Makes] small family rooms more exciting by reduction of required space.
[Rumored] to improve built in mic support.
CONS: [Miss-leading] name makes you think you would need more space rather than less.
[Extra] $30 when this should have been addressed immediately
[Any] of the older cons you may not have liked.
I myself cannot wait for this so I wont feel so cramped which is currently my only complaint, as noted in the pros it is RUMORED! to improve the mic. I could not find concrete evidence in either direction so I placed it under pros in the event it is true but if not the mic is already spectacular so its only a bonus if true.
Great for small playing area.
My playing area is 6' by 6' and it was hard to even play Kinect Adventure. I bought this about 4 months ago from Gamestop for $19.98. It took me a week to find the best place to put it. I wall mounted it above my TV at about 5'4" off the ground. I would recommend that you run the Kinect calibration then tracking and then Kinect ID. I haven't had any problems with it after I found the perfect spot. Now I can truly play the Kinect without running into my couch or walls.
Despite other reviews. . . it works fine.
The size of my house, my L shaped sectional and the wall where my tv is all contributed to a problem: I could not comfortably play the Kinect.
Some games I'd actually have to hop onto the couch to try to continue.
I bought this device and dusted off the Kinect. After RECALIBRATING with the little paper card that comes with the Kinect, I can actually play games now.
There is no question that this works. Mind you that I had previously about 80-90% of the space that the Kinect required but the games kept putting me up against my couch (which can't be moved). I would say that I now get to play about 6 to 8 feet from the Kinect (random numbers from off the top of my head).
A note about calibration:
While I could do the card calibration, I could not do the step and do this pose or that pose calibration. It put me stepping onto the side of the sectional (I have a bad layout). The card calibration should be all you need though. It focuses on distance.
Also, it does indeed scratch the Kinect so apply very carefully, lens side first.
Doesn't work. Just... doesn't... work.
It doesn't matter what type of gaming I do with the Zoom - the blasted thing just doesn't work. I've adjusted lighting, draped the couch in a light absorbing blanket for better contrast, worn white body-hugging t-shirts so I don't have loose clothes. The Kinect (by itself without the Zoom) works fine without any of the above changes, but I'm scrunched up against the couch to play. I'd rather do that than fiddle about with the Zoom hoping it will work. For fitness / dance programs like YourShape Fitness or Michael Jackson Experience, the Zoom distorts your body shape, keeping the game from accurately assessing your movement. For precision shooter / action games like Child of Eden, your image is so fuzzy that the cursor jumps all over the screen. For broad stuff like Kinectimals for my kid, playing with the Zoom frustrates him so much that he would rather not play. Seriously, this think is so bad that it's keeping a kid from wanting to play a video game. If that isn't a deal breaker, I don't know what is. Don't by this trash.
Worked wonders for me
I read all the bad reviews and was really hesitant about getting it but made sure I could return it if it didn't work. Well. I've got to say I was pleasantly surprised. I set it up according to its instructions placing it between 2.5-4 feet off the floor and then played my Zumba game. It tracked me perfectly the whole time and was never choppy. I'm glad I went ahead and bought it because it finally made playing my kinect in a small space enjoyable. I stand probably about 4.5 feet from my kinect when playing. I have nothing to gain by writing a good review I just wanted to post saying that it worked incredibly well for me.
Great for apartments
I don't understand why so many people have said this doesn't work. I use it in my apartment with Dance Central and it works great. I used to have to push my couch all the way back to the wall, and even then I would be right up against the couch in order to play. This makes it so I don't have to move furniture and can comfortably play in a smaller space. My recommendation is to read the instructions carefully (I'm a technical writer so do it and keep others like me employed!) and make sure you hear the piece snap into place over the lenses so you know it is on correctly.
DEFINITELY WORTH MY $30
We have a small living room, and large furniture, had to stand right up against the recliner to do anything. not good for exercising running, jumping, etc. Happened to see this thing in teh store and thought "Hey, worth a try." I don't know what everyone's problem is. THIS THING IS AWESOME!!!! Make sure you CLIP it on properly and MAKE SURE TO RECALIBRATE YOUR KINECT. Even before my hubby calibrated it it was picking him up and didn't have any trouble selecting options or anything. DEFINITELY WORTH MY MONEY, AND MAKE PLAYING IN OUR NARROW LIVING ROOM WAY BETTER! THANKS FOR SUCH A GREAT PRODUCT! (now we just have to get more kinect games :) we got the kinect for xmas and only have 2 games )!
Not the greatest but it works
I dont know how so many people are having issues with this?! I can only assume its because people are just putting it on their kinect and not going back through the tuner again to tune the kinect settings. I purchased this and reconfigured my tuner and its worked great! Also be sure to clean your kinect lens before just putting it on, a dirty lens will affect performance of it too. The only thing I noticed was a halo effect but it hasnt interfered with its performance as of yet and so far Ive tried it on 3 different games with success!
Awesome - Totally Worth it!
I am not sure why others have rated it a one or less :( This thing is awesome. I live in a smaller apartment and always was way against the wall or the couch and would have a hard time playing my kinect games well. Since getting it all that has changed. It hooked up in a few seconds. I went into kinect turner and saw that I had it too far up. (Since the wide angle lense makes it appear larger if you have it near 5 ft or higher it wont detect the ground) easy fix. lowered it back down off of my tv and works wonders! No problems since, matter of fact I think it reads my movement BETTER than before. If you are on the fence listen, I read those previous bad reviews as well before purchasing but trust me. Read the directions, hook it up, and you will be fine!
Awful... Feels like a hack, don't buy this one.
Once I installed this I immediately regretted it. I agree with the others, it just DOESN'T WORK. The only positive thing i can say is the device "looks cool" . I see how they intended on this to work; Put a lens on the front of the Kinect that's like looking through a pair of binoculars the wrong way and viola!!!! The kinect now thinks you're further away! Ummm this didn't work as well as they hoped. What they don't tell you is, now you MUST play 40% closer. Now 6 feet away is almost too far while using the Zoom. Body tracking decreases if not completely failed unless you stand 1 foot away. There was a black halo around the viewing space in the kinect monitor at the bottom right of the dashboard... My kinect was scratched a little upon installation. Need I say more? This was a FAIL for Nyko, I usually love their products. I'm returning mine as soon as I finish typing this. Buy something else with your 30 bucks!