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Kinect 2.0 for Windows coming in 2014

The new Kinect will hit PC after the Xbox One's launch

Microsoft has announced that the all-new Kinect will be coming to Windows PCs next year. The new Kinect features a 1080p color camera, an infrared sensor, and improved skeletal tracking. Kinect for Windows director Bob Heddle said that the new sensor and software development kit are integral to Microsoft's plan to expand Kinect's reach to businesses and other groups outside of gaming.

"We're continuing our commitment to equipping businesses and organizations with the latest natural technology from Microsoft so that they, in turn, can develop and deploy innovative touch-free applications for their businesses and customers," wrote Heddle in a blog post on the Microsoft Developer Network.

"Both the new Kinect sensor and the new Kinect for Windows sensor are being built on a shared set of technologies. The precision and intuitive responsiveness that the new platform provides will accelerate the development of voice and gesture experiences on computers."

Even before its commercial license release, the Kinect was popular with hackers and researchers. The company also found Kinect success in medical research focused on surgery and therapy techniques.

Heddle said that Microsoft will be showing off more about the new Kinect for Windows at the BUILD 2013 conference in June.

[Image via The Verge]

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May prove to be quite useful in upcoming Oculus Rift games in the future.
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Patrick Frost QA Project Monitor 5 years ago
I'm not sure I can see this being used as a PC device honestly. Back when the original Kinect was released and MS started making tools and the SDK available I genuinely thought that Kinect implementation in Windows 8 was a definite and that the ideas developed by the community would bring some great functionality to the table. But when I spent enough time with the system to realise the limitations it became clear that this wasn't going to work. So why would it be different this time? Will it just add the kinect functionality to PC games?

Keep in mind that LeapMotion is going to be on the shelves pretty soon and has a contract with a major PC manufacturer. From my point of view and tech demos that I've had feedback from people that have tried them first hand, the uses are massively more practical and the execution is impressive. That's a device that's about the size of a sardine can, can operate in a small space and is likely to cost the same as a game.

I know that the article above is simply informing us of a tit-bit of info but I know which input device I would chose.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 5 years ago
Hmmm. From the current Kinect TOS: "You should not expect any level of privacy concerning your use of the live communication features (for example, voice chat, video and communications in live-hosted gameplay sessions) offered through the Service. These communications may be monitored; however, we cannot monitor the entire Service and make no attempt to do so. You understand that these communications can be recorded and used by others, and communications in live-hosted gameplay sessions may be broadcast to others."

I guess they want to monitor what you do on PC as well as Xbox One, but with a much smarter upgrade. No thanks.
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