This year was the last Microsoft keynote at CES and by most accounts the bright spot was the expansion of the Kinect line with a new Kinect for Windows. The new SDK and hardware are aimed at commercial development with a new “Near Mode” that takes a technology designed to recognize a body across the living room and calibrates it to also recognize objects within a foot or two.
Microsoft hinted at the new development platform last year with the release of a non-commercial SDK and a site called Kinect Effect, showing the Kinect being used in a variety of non-Xbox situations like medical therapies. They released a corresponding video in October.
Source – Fast Company’s Co.Design