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Zoom for Kinect - Xbox 360

by Nyko
Xbox 360
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2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (467 customer reviews)

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  • Seamlessly blends in with the look of the Kinect Sensor
  • Plug and play - no tuning, software or adjustment needed
  • Play with 1 or 2 players in a smaller space
  • Up to 40 percent reduction in space needed to play Compatible with all Kinect software
  • Easily clips over the Kinect Sensor - no modification or complex installation needed

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Zoom for Kinect - Xbox 360 + Kinect Sensor TV Mounting Clip - Xbox 360 + Kinect Sensor with Kinect Adventures!
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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0050SYS5A
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 7.8 x 2 inches ; 3.5 ounces
  • Media: Accessory
  • Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (467 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #941 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Decrease the space needed to play your favorite Kinect games with Nyko's Zoom for Kinect. The Zoom reduces the play range required to enjoy Kinect software by up to 40 percent, allowing you to play closer to your TV. Zoom's wide angle lens also enables two people to play in an area normally only suitable for a single player making it ideal for those in smaller apartments or dorm rooms. Specially designed optical lenses fit over the Kinect sensor and clip into place making set up a breeze with nothing to plug in. No additional software or calibration is required. The design of the Zoom blends seamlessly with the look and feel of the Kinect. The Zoom opens up a whole new world of Kinect play to those who previously lacked the space required to fully enjoy it.

Product Description

REDUCES SPACE NEEDED TO PLAY UP TO 40%USERS CAN PLAY WITH 1 OR 2 PLAYERSCLIPS OVER THE KINECT(TM) SENSORNO MODIFICATION OR COMPLEX INSTALLATION NEEDEDPLUG & PLAYSEAMLESSLY BLENDS IN WITH THE LOOK OF THE KINECT(TM) SENSORCOMPATIBLE WITH ALL KINECT(TM) SOFTWAREUPC : 743840860853Estimated Shipping Weight : 0.0

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306 of 308 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
There is a definite lack of quality control on the part of Nyco which explains why some say the zoom works whilst others say its absolute rubbish.

I tested this out for myself (coincidentally) and came to this realisation.

I tried 1 Nyco zoom and found it great! It worked fine in 8 games I tested. Calibration and setup worked fine. The kinect unit could see me fine and could track my head, arms, hands, torso and feet just fine. I was quite impressed and couldnt understand why people would say it didnt work. Only issue I had found was that you had to slow down your gestures in XBOX dashboard as movements would be amplified. Quite straightforward to understand as it is a wide angle lens and would have the fish eye effect.

I then noticed a tiny little speck behind the camera lens that was encapsulated and no way to get to it. So being picky I took it back to the store lol and got a replacement.

Guess what? The brand new replacement is complete rubbish!!!!!
Kinect's view (as seen in tracking screen via setup) was different from the lens before. It had a less expanded view, more dark spots and quite clearly could not track me very well.
When trying to setup the unit kinect could not see the floor (a problem it does not have on its own nor with the previous zoom lens).
When trying to use in dashboard it was virtually useless and quite random.
Gameplay was obviously affected by lack of accuracy, kinect losing track of me and inability to interact with components properly.

It was only then that I understood why people could say its rubbish and waste of money.
Clearly if I had only tried the 2nd unit I would have had the same opinion or alternatively if I had only tried the first unit I would have been happy.
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219 of 236 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beware, did not work for me (edited, see below) September 14, 2011
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Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
I pre-ordered and received yesterday. I anxiously tried it out, hoping to be able to stand closer to the kinect. Alas, looks like the product is fundamentally flawed. The Infrared picture is totally dark start with, and the kinect tries to increase the contrast. Was able to see me OK, but the hand tracking was EXTREMELY erratic to the point of being UNUSABLE. Painfully went through the Calibration process a few times. Sometimes, the Kinect would complain that it could not see the floor. Sometimes, it could see it OK, and calibrated fine using the card. However, when I try to play any game, just getting it started is a chore, since the hand movements are barely successfully tracked. I thought this was because the room was not too well lit (I have two lamps in front, none in the back), so I tried it again this morning. Same results. Calibrated OK, but could not even get a game going. Looks like the IR light is severely attenuated by the lens, so the kinect can only barely see me in IR. I will be trying some more tests when I get back home tonight, but so far, the verdict is that this is a total NO GO for me. If it is like this again tonight, I will be returning the unit to Amazon.

UPDATE AFTER FURTHER EXPERIMENTATION:

I think I figured out why the reviews are so bipolar. I have my Kinect mounted ABOVE the TV, because that is what works best in a limited space. However, the Zoom seems to work best when the sensor is BELOW the TV. I unmounted mine and placed it below, and went through the whole calibration routine again. Now, I was actually able play some GAMES! How about that. Played with Kinect Sports (Soccer, Ping Pong), Kinect Adventure (Reflex Ridge) and some Dance Central (just the basic Poker Face). It all played OK, with me standing about 3-4 feet from the sensor.
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109 of 123 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm shocked by the negative reviews September 15, 2011
By yyr
My experience was the polar opposite. Granted, I've only tried it with the Kinect Tuner and Dance Central so far, but I took the two minutes to install it and my Kinect experience immediately improved.

My setup: I have a 40" Sony LCD HDTV standing perhaps 2-3 feet off the floor, atop a piece of furniture. The Kinect Sensor sits on the TV's base, so it's just under the screen. I only have about 6 feet of space between my TV and couch (with a wall directly behind the couch), with hardwood floor underneath. The room was well-lit at the time I used it.

Prior to installing the Zoom, my Kinect Sensor could ALMOST get my whole body in the frame when I was standing all the way back against the couch. Now, I can stand 1-2 feet in front of the couch, and it sees my whole body, with lots of room to spare! During my time with the Tuner, it didn't see me at one point; I walked away, then came back, and all was fine from that point on. Hand tracking functioned 100%, but the positioning feels different now because you don't have to be so far away! I don't have any games that check for the floor, so I can't speak for that.

I can now actually play Dance Central, so this is a 5-star item for me and worth every penny. It may be that the Zoom will or won't work for you based on your setup. I second the notion of the reviewer asking for folks to post their setups along with their reviews.
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58 of 70 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware September 14, 2011
By George
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Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
Reviews seem to be very positive or very negative among people who actually have used this.

In my case, it doesn't work. Games that are doing very coarse body tracking (the sports games, I noticed, are fine) seem to work relatively well. You do get to play in less space.

That said, this dramatically impacts fine-grained tracking. Apps that are very sensitive to your position (Leedmees, for example) are basically useless with it, because your skeleton skips all over the place. Menus become very hard to navigate because hand tracking is very inconsistent. The hand pointer slides off the button targets. The fish-eye effect also causes people who are standing off-center to be seen by the Kinect as standing at an angle -- something that appears to mess up games like Dance Central.

Another problem, with games that involve moving front-to-back -- the Kinect is calibrated to know how the appearance of your body changes as you move forwards and backwards, and adjust that so it knows how far away you are. Because of the fish-eye effect with this, it sees your front-back motion as being exagerated the closer you are to the TV, which will impact games that work along that axis.

I also suspect, but got tired trying to determine for sure, that it really causes issues if you have a low ceiling.

Re-calibration didn't help, particularly with the hand tracking problem.

If you have a lot of problems with space, maybe $30 is worth it as an experiment, but (at least in my case) the Zoom is useless.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good attachement
Unit is great for people that have limited space to play with their Kinect. Normally all the furniture had to be moved to play a game for a half hour. Read more
Published 9 hours ago by Enlightner
4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but it helps!
Occasionally there's problems with the Kinect sensing people when this is on it, but it usually works really great for a piece of plastic!
Published 2 days ago by Evan
5.0 out of 5 stars Needed for close quarters
The cone of coverage for the Kinect device is for distances out to 10 feet or something. This Zoom adapter widens the cone of detection for playing closer to the Kinect and keeps... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Her Dawdaw
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it.
It really doesn't work. I have tried several times gone online checked to see if there is something I'm missing. Tried troubleshooting, had others try for me. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Peggy
5.0 out of 5 stars Reduces the Kinect Footprint
fits on the kinect without problems. does not interfere with game play or motion sensing. reduces the space you need to play by more than half.
Published 24 days ago by Shawn B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely helps in small spaces!
Ok, so it should be noted that the amount of room that I have available should have stopped me from even getting the kinect sensor. As it stands, I have about 4. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Jeffrey Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
It works but i have one complain. You have to be in the correctly lighten room. If its too dark the zoom wont work.
Published 26 days ago by Steven Pilipow
1.0 out of 5 stars Didnt work
I received this and it took a while for me to actually set it up but when I did it didn't work. I would have returned it but by time I opened the box and realized it didn't work it... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Works Perfect
This product works perfect on the Kinect system. The installation instructions are fairly clear and the product snapped on to the Kinect quickly and easily. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Paul A. Culter
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a shot.
It definitely shortens the required distance from the Kinect, which is why I purchased it. Tracking at the edges and outside of the magnification area becomes less than precise. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Trace
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