Microsoft Unleashes The Kinect And Promptly Misses The Point

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

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