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1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware, September 14, 2011
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This review is from: Zoom for Kinect - Xbox 360 (Accessory)
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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Initial post: Sep 14, 2011 1:29:29 PM PDT
Chris says:
Thanks for your review, it is very helpful. All these 5 star positive reviews just smell fishy - and sound like sales pitches like they were written by the same person or something.

Anyway, thx for taking the time and saving me $30.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2011 7:09:30 PM PDT
I've had no issues with this so far and I havent ever calibrated my kinect since I got it (not sure why, just never ended up needing it) and Kinect Sports works great, however thats the only game I have and can go off of with this. I gave this a good review because I MYSELF have had no issues but it seems lots of other people are having issues. Hopefully for everyone having issues there will either be a fix or simply a post (which they should've done to begin with) specifying more specs of what works and what doesn't.

Posted on Nov 20, 2011 11:41:39 PM PST
Paul Acevedo says:
Leedmees' body tracking is totally pathetic regardless of the Zoom add-on. Don't blame the Zoom for an extremely poor Kinect game.

See my review here for more details on the game's problems: http://www.co-optimus.com/review/856/leedmees-co-op-review.html

Posted on Jun 16, 2012 1:54:32 AM PDT
Just maybe I got at bad unit. the until would not even calibrate or recognize the floor. And since that could not pass that test mark the rest is history. Never got the
Unit to function like these 5 star review say. Now the Lens protector clear film come on what a joke with these pre-cut protect film that are cut too dame small to put over the your Kinect lens. Also the unit scratches your kinect when you install it. My take on this development should been thought a little more better. Money down the drain.
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