New Kinect hardware for PC allows "close ups"

Modified camera allows for 50cm capture, firmware adjusted

Microsoft has developed a new version of Kinect aimed at Windows PC applications, which will include a new Near Mode for close

"Building on the existing Kinect for Xbox 360 device, we have optimised certain hardware components and made firmware adjustments which better enable PC-centric scenarios," he blogged.

"New firmware which enables the depth camera to see objects as close as 50 centimetres in front of the device without losing accuracy or precision, with graceful degradation down to 40 centimetres."

This will allow for more "close up" use of the technology.

As well as near mode there are simple changes too, like a shorter USB cable, and a dongle to "improve coexistence with other USB peripherals."

Eisler also mentioned the recent launch of the Kinect Accelerator initiative, which will fund developers with Kinect ideas.

"I can't wait to see what they (and maybe you?) come up with!"

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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 5 years ago
Finally, Dance Central: Head Banger will become a reality.

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Henry Durrant Programmer, SUMO Digital5 years ago
Will this allow for sitting-position finger resolution possible, aka "Desktop Minority Report" ?
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Christian Roth Mediapsychologist 5 years ago
Wow, hopefully a lot of Indie Devs will be funded to come up with some great new game concepts.
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@Henry In Gunstriger you can play while sitting.
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Kevin Patterson musician 5 years ago
I would buy the windows version if its backwards compatible with the xbox.
My living room doesn't have the room Kinect currently needs now, if it did, id get one.
The third party adaptor doesnt work well.
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