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Microsoft Announces Kinect for Windows PCs

Posted on November 23, 2011
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Microsoft may be slow in embracing its Kinect’s more extensive functionalities, which have long been tapped by hackers, but at least it is better than not at all.

After announcing the Kinect for Windows commercial program, which will be launched in early 2012, as well as the Kinect Accelerator grant program for potential Kinect-based startups, Microsoft has confirmed a new Kinect hardware for Windows. This Windows-based Kinect is the optimized version of the Xbox 360 attachment, with upgraded hardware components and firmware adjustments for “PC-centric scenarios.”

The adjustments include shortening the USB cable and the inclusion of a small dongle to connect with other USB peripherals. Another firmware development is the Kinect’s ability to spot objects as close as 50 centimeters without sacrificing loss of accuracy or precision. This is an improvement given that the current Kinect has a blind spot on anywhere within five feet.

Source: Microsoft Developer Blog, via Engadget

 
 

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