Microsoft Kinect for Windows launching next month

Microsoft has finally announced that they would start selling a new edition of Kinect from next month.

This new edition is designed to be used with Windows operating system and would ship with related software apps.

Microsoft Kinect for Windows

It would sell for USD 250 in the US market which is much higher than the Kinect accessory for the Xbox 360 console.

It is not clear yet what kind of audience this product would attract considering Kinect has few uses for general people on their PCs.

But it should become a hit amongst the developer’s community who are likely to develop new apps and games powered by this amazing technology.

Microsoft said:

With Kinect for Windows, we are investing in creating a platform that is optimized for scenarios beyond the living room, and delivering new software features on an ongoing basis, starting with “near mode” (see my earlier blog post for more about this). In addition to support for Windows 7 and the Windows 8 developer preview (desktop apps only), Kinect for Windows will also support gesture and voice on Windows Embedded-based devices and will enhance how data is captured and accessed within intelligent systems across manufacturing, retail and many more industries. We are building the Kinect for Windows platform in a way that will allow other companies to integrate Kinect into their offerings and we have invested in an approach that allows them to develop in ways that are dependable and scalable.

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