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Microsoft wants Kinect small, cheap and in laptops

By Rachel Weber

Microsoft wants Kinect small, cheap and in laptops

Wed 06 Mar 2013 10:56am GMT / 5:56am EST / 2:56am PST

Senior advisor says it's his dream to get it into tablets

Microsoft has suggested that its plans for the Kinect camera include laptops and tablets, and has shown off a slimmer and smaller version of the device.

"You want to be as cheap as possible and physically as small as possible," Craig Mundie, senior advisor to the CEO at Microsoft, told The Verge

"My dream is to get a Kinect into the bezel of something like this [Surface tablet]." He added that the company can also "see a path towards" including the technology in laptops, despite the technical difficulties that such a task represented.

The report also hinted that the reporter had seen a Kinect 2, featuring a smaller, more slender sensor, but Microsoft refused to confirm that it was in fact the next-generation version of the device. Industry rumours have suggested that the next-generation Xbox will come equipped with a new and improved Kinect camera.

In fact the latest leaks on the new Microsoft machine list better resolution, a new infra-red sensor, an upgrade to USB 3.0 and better colour and depth streams.

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Paul Jace Merchandiser

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I don't see why they couldn't get it in laptops since most new laptops these days have built in cams already.

Posted:3 years ago


Andrew Watson Tools Programmer

196 485 2.5
I can't wait to see people flailing about at their laptops in the middle of a crowded plane!

Posted:3 years ago


Johnny Hsu Employee, EA

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I want Kinect to work as advertised before I want it to show up in more hardware devices.

Posted:3 years ago


Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

2,611 1,686 0.6
+1 Johnny. As it stands, Kinect is flawed but functional, but users should demand more and get it, not a "cheaper" version that somehow only makes things less intuitive and more gawky in front of other people...

Posted:3 years ago


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